Natural living and natural health are very important to me.
However, in many of my natural health groups I often find that I have opposite viewpoints to a large faction of the group on a few key aspects. One is the high conspiracy woo factor, but that’s for another time and place. The second is something that isn’t natural at all but for some reason is toted as THE thing to do when going natural.
The movement is largely dominated by plant based diets
We are biologically omnivores, there’s nothing natural about veganism.
Hear me out.
First, I’d like to say that I respect those who choose to live a plant based diet on ethical grounds. While I don’t think it’s necessary because there are options of exclusively eating meat raised on local farms that you self procure – that’s another story for another article. But even if it’s an ethical decision with merits, it’s not natural.
Natural: existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind (Thank you Merriam-Webster)
The human race is an omnivorous species. That is a biological fact. We are born with biological needs from animals.
Hence, the idea that we can live as vegans is a modern concept created by humankind.
The entire history of the human species has evolved eating plant and animal products. Eating meat makes us human, it’s how we’ve evolved into the advanced creatures we are today. According to the journal Nature, we were able to evolve larger brains because we ate meat. No traditional culture has ever subsisted on a purely vegan diet.
There’s nothing natural about many vegan foods (I understand not every vegan eats these foods) and there’s nothing natural about plant based agriculture.
Vegan diets often replace meat and dairy with artificial substitutes. The creation of meat free dairy free foods usually requires thickeners, stabilizers, and highly processed additives. There’s nothing natural about fake foods such as most veggie burger and butter substitute brands.
On top of that, cereal grains and soy are often a major component of the diet. Not only are they not optimal for human health, they aren’t farmed naturally. Grains and soy are mono crops that have depleted soil across the planet through mass farming techniques. Alternatively, sustainable agriculture through grass grazing animals helps nourish soil, a system that is used in most traditional cultures. Do you have your own garden? Do you use manure or buy compost with manure already in it? Most likely. Why? Because it helps the soil! Soil is naturally supposed to have animal byproduct, which comes from naturally grazing animals.
If you’re living a natural lifestyle it absolutely does not mean that you need to or should be a vegan. It does mean that you shouldn’t eat meat or animal products that come from animals treated unethically and not raised on a proper pasture eating their natural food.