The question of veganism: to eat meat or not to eat meat?

Editorial Staff

There is a question that the topic of vegans raises in my mind: How and why do people choose to become vegan?

For all of my life, I have loved meat and cheese. If a meal was not made primarily of these two things, then it wasn’t a normal meal. You should have seen my dad’s face the first time my mother tried to give him zucchini pizza; the side of his mouth turned up as he gave her the stink eye.

The point is that my family has always been large consumers of dairy and meat products, especially red meat. Growing up with that, I do not see any way or any reason as to why I should change my eating habits.

I have done my research. I know that there are health benefits to being a vegan such as the reversal of advanced heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. However, I also know that those people who are vegan often have calcium and protein deficiencies because there simply is not enough protein or calcium in the wholly vegetable and fruit diet.

I believe there are many different reasons that would draw someone to become a vegan—animal cruelty, health concerns and nutrition studies. Do I necessarily agree with a person’s reasons for becoming a vegan? Sometimes, but my main contemplation is to how they actually go full out, meat and dairy products free, in Wisconsin.

Living in Wisconsin, everything has cheese. I cannot say whether I would ever be able to be a vegan for I would miss cheese and meat too much. Not to mention, I would get so bored with the same foods day after day.

Personally, I feel that people who go vegan must have taste buds that are more acclimated to the blander taste of vegetables and fruits rather than the savory taste of meat and dairy.

I simply cannot imagine what it must be like to have a palate like that if that is the case.

But if it’s not the case, and these foods truly taste bland to those who eat them, is being a vegan not some small form of self-torture? What ever happened to “enjoy life” and “live life to the fullest”?

At the very least, I can conclude with certainty that vegans have a very different worldview from my own.