Dreamt that I got my nose pierced. Also dreamt that people were getting pregnant and I was helping them order their babies in at work. And there was the dream about zombies.
Found some rad vegan candles, yay!
Hi there. I was wondering what arguments you would use when faced with questions about veganism being unattainable for certain lower socioeconomic classes?
Personally, I typically refer to an anecdotal approach because it works best for me under my past and current circumstances (having lived most of my life on welfare and still living under the low-income cut off line for my country). I just talk about some of the things that make veganism more affordable for me than vegetarianism or facultative omnivorism, such as rice and beans, TVP, other bulk grains and markets that sell fruits and vegetables for the cheapest prices I can find.
It’s also worth noting that some people say, “Okay, maybe you can be a poor vegan, but being a poor vegan isn’t as healthy as being a rich vegan because rich vegans can afford vitamin supplements and organic vegetables and etc.” And it’s when people say stuff like this that I know they’re probably upper-middle class, because they are deluded into believing that full and proper healthy eating is easy for anyone who has a low socioeconomic status.
Poor people, whether they be vegan or not, don’t have great access to the healthiest of foods. This means that it won’t matter whether you eat meat or you don’t, if you’re poor, your health may always be at risk. It depends on your country as well and their social welfare considerations, but generally, health will always be hard to achieve for the poor. However, cheap vegan eating tips tend to privilege health at the same time as budget, whereas cheap omnivorous eating tips don’t always do the same.
Overall, most people tend to use “but poor people can’t go vegan” as a defense of their own middle-class meat eating lives, and besides the fact that I find it extremely offensive and distressing as a lower-class vegan, is usually based on misunderstandings of how living vegan really works.