20 Nov A glimpse into the future
Right, please stay with me on this one, it all comes together in the end! Sort of.
Richard Dawkins once predicted a post-armageddon future. One that saw rodents roam the world triumphant in a human-less world. I would suggest alongside a couple of headless cockroaches knocking about as well. To quote Dawkins, “I have a post-Armageddon vision. We and all other large animals are gone. Rodents emerge as the ultimate post-human scavengers. They gnaw their way through New York, London and Tokyo, digesting spilled larders, ghost supermarkets and human corpses and turning them into new generations of rats and mice, whose racing populations explode out of the cities and into the countryside”. Jeez, Dicky must be a right laugh to go for a pint with!
But, anyway, enough of Dawkins. What does he know anyway! Let’s face it, you’re all here to read my thoughts, my very well researched, evidence led thoughts, unlike Dicky Dawkins over there.
You see, I have a post-meat-eating vision.
I believe there will be a time when vegans are more populous than non-vegans. I speak only in relation to my country (the UK), but believe this revolution could take place in many countries around the world. I appreciate there are millions of people out there who are not in the position to eat a vegan diet. I also believe certain cuisines are so entwined with meat that it seems to me very unlikely that veganism would become the norm in such places.
But here are my reasons for my above prediction;
1). This veganism thing is easy
It is already easy to be a vegan, what with all the meat substitutes, the nut milks and all the specialised products purely for the vegan community. But in the future, we will see this amazing variety and quality in the vegan world only grow, making it so easy to transition. Companies will continue to innovate, new methods found, different ingredients utilised.
As the demand for vegan options grow, brands and restaurants will further cater to this demand. Menus, even at meat serving restaurants will offer more for their potential new vegan clientele, not just stick on a quinoa salad as an afterthought. Demand and supply people, demand and supply!
The sacrificial stigma associated with veganism will finally be put to bed (though sacrifice it is not in today’s world anyway). Those who have an interest in veganism but currently see it as too much of a chore will surely have these concerns put to bed.
2). Environmental concerns
Only ignoramuses like, hmm, let me think.. the President elect of the USA (deary me) refuse to believe that climate change is a very real concern and animal agriculture is becoming increasingly associated with global warming. Of the arguments I have looked at, it is the farming of cows for beef that is the major concern where this is concerned.
I do tend to disagree with a lot of the vegan literature I have seen that seems to suggest that veganism is the solution to climate change. Whilst animal agriculture accounts for around a not insignificant 15% of global emissions, the burning of fossil fuels accounts for 60%, so the transition to effective and efficient renewable energy will be more key in this battle.
However, I do believe a reduction in meat consumption will greatly help the cause. Not only should we be concerned with farting cows, but multiple other factors surrounding animal agriculture, such as water supply (Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually). Not to mention the inefficiency of feeding crops to livestock.
I think the ultimate participation in autonomy is how one chooses to eat. We can vote with our feet, by choosing not to put meat (or at the very least, red meat) into our mouths (via our hands)! As people awaken to these fears surrounding animal agriculture more and more, I think it would be hard for people to continue to blindly eat meat at current rates.
3). Health concerns.
Health is the main reason I decided to go majority plant based with my diet. I wasn’t unhealthy before making my decision, but believe I am now healthier than ever. The illest I have been in the last few years was a three day streak of having a bit of a runny nose, and even then, diet seemed to quell the worst of the potential symptoms. My excema, that was dramatically better than when I was really young anyway, has now all but gone, I believe accelerated by the healthier change to my eating, and my, ahem, bowels, well, they have never been more regular!
We can never be certain, but I do largely believe that one should listen to one’s body and the vegetables seem to be doing a pretty good job for me. Documentaries such as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead do resonate and this expounding of the health benefits of plant based eating will capture attention.
This documentary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pjkC71exKU) that I found particularly powerful saw a group of diabetics overcome their illness with a raw food diet, even those who came in with type 1 is like the best form of advertising. Growing evidence becomes hard to ignore and will continue to capture the attention of health concerned people such as I.
One can never be sure of what the future will hold for us, but we can influence it. Documentaries such as those mentioned above will further expound the idea that health isn’t something that just happens to us, but something that we can have power over.
Well that’s my two pennies worth, but I would love to hear your views on the future. Whether that be the future of food or just predicting who’s going to win strictly this year!
But enough of these ramblings, recipes coming soon.
Thanks for reading.