GoVanGogh Posted June 14, 2012 Share Posted June 14, 2012 This is something I have struggled with -- How to deal with animals being harmed or killed to put vegan food on the table. I am a former vegetarian and wanted to move closer toward vegan, but I knew animals were still being killed to bring me that tomato, apple or pecan. I felt hypocritical. Trying to raise my own produce has only brought that more to light. I have been a strict organic gardener for 20 years, but a vegan gardener? I know one can buy organic vegan fertilizer that doesn't contain bone or fish meal or manures. But what about animal control? How to get rid of tomato hornworms? I can relocate them, but still know they will die without their food source. I can't trap and relocate racoons because that is inhumane. I can fence to keep out the racoons and rabbits, but the mice and lizards still get through the fencing. That is just on my own small scale garden. DH and I were raised on farms in the '60s and '70s when there was still such a thing as a 'family farm.' My late uncle used to lament that he had to kill more animals to grow corn and soybeans than he did when he raised cattle and pigs. I remember going to the grain elevators as a child and being alarmed at how they killed the rats and mice. :tongue_smilie: DH's brother still farms and says the same thing. I know large scale agriculture is much worse. I have been to commercial orchards and strawberry fields and know they kill, trap or poison with little regard to wildlife. The book that really touched me was "This Organic Life." The author writes, "We are all killers. We either do it personally or through surrogates, but we simply can't avoid the fact that, if we eat, killing is being done on our behalf." After reading this book and coming to terms with the realities of raising my own food, we made the decision that locally grown food outweighs vegan right now. We eat a plant-based (raw food) diet as much as possible, but how to come to terms with how that food is raised? If you are a vegan for animal rights reasons (as opposed to being vegan for only health reasons), how do you deal with this? Is there such a thing as a vegan CSA or food co-op? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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