A few quotes to make you think twice, from here:
“Published figures suggest that, in Australia, producing wheat and other grains results in:
- at least 25 times more sentient animals being killed per kilogram of useable protein
- more environmental damage, and
- a great deal more animal cruelty than does farming red meat.”
“Agriculture to produce wheat, rice and pulses requires clear-felling native vegetation. That act alone results in the deaths of thousands of Australian animals and plants per hectare. Since Europeans arrived on this continent we have lost more than half of Australia’s unique native vegetation, mostly to increase production of monocultures of introduced species for human consumption.”
“Baby mice left in the nest sing to their mothers — a kind of crying song to call them back. For every female killed by the poisons we administer, on average five to six totally dependent baby mice will, despite singing their hearts out to call their mothers back home, inevitably die of starvation, dehydration or predation.”
So you think “vegan pizza” is vegan? What does veganism mean to you then?
Additional questions, steaming from the discussion below:
If grain industry supports meat industry, does it mean that by buying grain products we support meat industry?
What are other, less destructive, plant alternatives to grains?
Are grains absolutely necessary part of the human diet or can they be avoided on a vegan diet?
What other practices, beyond eating plants, one should adopt to ensure that their food has as small impact as possible on the planet?