Veganism Dates Back Thousands of Years
Veganism has been around for thousands of years but it’s not until the 1940’s that the word vegan emerged to describe people who abstained from any form of animal cruelty.
Up until then, all diets based primarily on plant foods were referred to as vegetarian. The Vegan Society felt that it was important to distinguish between Ovo-Lacto vegetarians and those who did not consume milk or eggs.
It is unrealistic to think that vegan diets are a new, hip trend as they have existed for so long. Many religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism advocate against the infliction of pain onto other animals and thus promote plant-based diets.
The Greek philosopher Pythagoras was a huge advocate of plant-based living and this quote dates back to 500 BC: “As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
The Rise Of Social Media & The Impact On Veganism
Veganism is far more than a diet. It’s a shift away from animal abuse and exploitation. And because the vegan diet has a deeper moral outline, it is unreasonable to believe that it’s a fad or just a new trend.
With the rise of social media, the truth is now starting to come out. In contrast to mainstream media, social media users have access to multiple news sources and are able to distinguish reality from money-driven propaganda.
Whether you are an environmentalist, health-conscious, or motivated by ethics, veganism is the only diet that makes absolute sense, with mountains of evidence pointing to that direction.
Plant-based diets are environmentally sustainable, health-promoting, and in perfect alignment with most peoples’ moral codes. The vegan movement will continue to grow as more and more people are exposed to this information. The vegan diet is certainly not a fad. It is definitely here to stay.