When people think of a vegan lifestyle, they often get hung up on the idea that vegans are people who eat some kind of plant-based diet. Rarely do people move beyond what vegans eat to understand more completely what a vegan lifestyle is actually all about. It turns out vegans have a rich culture oriented around the environment and the ethical treatment of animals. The following are a few issues that are central to a vegan lifestyle.
The Lives of Animals Matter
Since vegans believe in the ethical treatment of animals, it only stands to reason that they want to promote the lives of animal species and thriving ecosystems rather than being a party to the downfall of these fundamental aspects of the natural world. By upholding the belief that other animal life forms are important to our planet, many vegans will refuse to wear clothing or footwear composed of animal products such as fur and leather.
Maintaining the Global Environment
Vegans take a special interest in ensuring that our planet maintains a life-sustaining environment suitable for all living creatures, not just themselves. This is approached from a number of different angles. One area of concern is in conserving natural resources. For this reason, many vegans believe in recycling in order to protect animals and the environment. And with the new, rapid growth in technology and ecommerce, more and more companies are using plastic for their products and packaging. Because of this, vegans often look to more sustainable brands to support using recycled products that are better for the environment. Many people who follow a vegan lifestyle also take other actions to conserve natural habitats that are threatened by overpopulation and overdevelopment.
Opposing GMO Research
When scientists push to create genetically modified organisms (GMO), this deeply concerns vegans. A major reason for this concern arises from the fact that scientists do not necessarily know how GMO plants and animals will affect ecosystems and the global food supply. While the technique of genetically modifying organisms has been well-researched and perfected over time, this by no means ensures that the long-term results of introducing GMO plants and animals will be beneficial to the planet or our species.
When it comes to vegans, it is important to understand that the vegan diet is only one aspect of what it means to be a vegan. It’s also important to note that eating a vegan diet does not mean that a person necessarily lives the broader vegan lifestyle or adheres to the underlying vegan philosophy. However, many strict vegans exist, and they harbor a deep interest in the state of the planet and how its inhabitants are getting along in response to a variety of highly questionable human activities.