“Being vegan is so in right now”

January 13, 2018

It seems like every time I tell someone I’m vegan they say something like “Oh, that’s so in right now”… as if I’m just trying some new fad diet until the next one comes around. It’s interesting to me that this is a common perspective because even before I was vegan, I never saw vegans as people just following a fad; but more as leaders in a movement that only produced positive outcomes. Veganism is increasing dramatically for so many deeper and more important reasons than people just following whatever is popular at the moment.
trend  [trend]
 NOUN: a general direction in which something is developing or changing
 Based on this definition, I would have to agree that veganism is a very common trend. What it’s not, however, is a fad (see definition below)
fad  [fad]
NOUN: an intense and widely shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived and without basis in the object’s qualities; a craze

I’m sure there are some people out there that are going vegan because it’s cool right now or because their friends are doing it. There are always people who jump on the popularity bandwagon. However, I think the majority of vegans have made this change based on knowledge they have gained and beliefs they have developed through that knowledge. It takes a lot to completely change your mindset and your lifestyle in such a way and I doubt most people are going through the trouble just to be “in”. People used to think smoking cigarettes was healthy and normal until they learned the truth. I believe the consumption of animal products will follow a similar trend. Before you bite my head off, I’m not saying meat is equivalent to smoking. I’m saying we are learning about the negatives of meat and dairy and that sales will decine the same way cigarette sales declined as the public learned about the negative affects of smoking. In general, I believe people want to be good and do good and they won’t do things that they know are bad if they can help it. There is a lot more information available to us about how the meat and dairy industries are run and the horrible consequences they have on our environment, health, and the mistreatment of animals. The industry has been exposed and people are not okay with what they are learning. This is why they are going vegan.

Many people are choosing to ignore this information because they are not willing or ready to change… but a lot of people are ready for change because they know it’s necessary. We have the choice to consume and support whatever industry we think is doing right by us. Veganism is predicted to continue to rise in the future and many companies are changing to accomodate their plant-based consumers. Not only is veganism getting more common, but it’s becoming more normal. Therefore, it’s easier to live this lifestyle as more vegan restaurants, companies, and products become available. It’s becoming less work and more acceptable to be vegan. For that reason, I don’t see it going away anytime soon.

I am not vegan because it’s cool right now. I’d actually prefer to do things the easy way and not analyze every little thing that goes in my mouth. But I can’t unlearn what I’ve learned about the industry… and I definitely can’t support it with my hard earned money. Now that I have made the connection between my food and the way it is produced, meat and dairy really don’t seem like food at all. So as much as going vegan may seem “trendy” to you, it’s also an important development in human behavior if we want to keep living on this planet, eating real food, drinking clean water, and breathing clean air.

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