So this evening my boyfriend and I watched the veganism documentary Vegucated.
I know very little about veganism; whilst I’ve been vegetarian for 25 years I’d never until recently seen the need (nor the appeal) of veganism, on the basis I can’t imagine a life without cheese.
But I have felt more and more curious about veganism lately and, as I clocked Vegucated on Netflix, I knew if I watched it there was a good chance I’d come away wanting to go vegan and that I’d be making life even harder for myself to eat out / shop at Tesco / keep finding interesting ways to cook vegetables.
I was right: I did come away teary eyed and distressed and seriously tempted to ditch dairy. I had no idea how animals were treated in factory farms and even the smaller farms that by necessity have to adopt the same barbaric practices in order to compete with the big boys (I am sure there are farms that do not, I don’t wish to tar them all with the same brush, but that is what the film portrays). Even the standard of living for the “free range” chickens was absolutely piss poor.
It was dinner time by the time it finished so I grabbed the Chloe Coscarelli ‘Vegan Italian Kitchen‘ cookbook I got for Christmas and made her vegan meatballs with gluten-free pasta and fresh pomodoro sauce, and then I made the vegan (AND sugar free!) chocolate truffles from I Quit Sugar. (And by the way, I can heartily recommend both recipes, absolutely amazingly delicious!). And now I am about to research where I can buy vegan ingredients online for home delivery.
So why am I procrastinating, why am I calling this post “to Vegan or not to Vegan”? Well, just because it’s a big decision and I don’t want to rush into it. I only finished the film 2 hours ago and I need to take some time to process my feelings about it and how I want to proceed. But I don’t think it will be hard to swop dairy for vegan products whenever available, providing they are affordable.
I can’t really imagine walking away from Vegucated and still enjoying my dairy products in the same way, knowing what the poor animals go through to make it.