A Little History..

Veganism is an extreme form of vegetarianism, and though the term was coined in 1944, the concept of flesh-avoidance can be traced back to ancient Indian and eastern Mediterranean societies.

Vegetarianism is first mentioned by the Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras of Samos around 500 BCE.

In addition to his theorem about right triangles, Pythagoras promoted benevolence among all species, including humans.

Followers of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism also advocated vegetarianism, believing that humans should not inflict pain on other animals.

The meatless lifestyle never really caught on in the West, although it would sometimes pop up during health crazes and religious revivals.

The Ephrata Cloister, a strict religious sect founded in 1732 in Pennsylvania, advocated vegetarianism — as well as celibacy (Now that’s too extreme)

Got to have the sauce

Chemicals in our meats, not on the label.

What I’ve come to realise on my Vegan journey is there is very little mentioned about what chemicals are actually used in the manufacturing of meats.

I am intentionally using the word ‘manufacturing’ because all meats are essentially a wholesale product which means that we as consumers are only valued as profit!

It’s not only meats but many other products too which essentially does harm to our bodies, take cigarettes and google the chemicals within it. From Arsenic to rat poison, plus 500 other cancer-causing agents.

I did some research into what chemicals, not listed on the label, are found in the meats entering our food chain from supermarkets…happy reading! (Knowledge is Power).

Honey – close to 4,300 samples were taken from over 200,000 tonnes of honey produced in 2014. There were 30 non-compliant samples (0.7%), of which 15 for heavy metals (lead, cadmium, copper), and 13 were for antibacterials.

Aquaculture – the EU produced close to 610,000 tonnes of farmed fish and seafood in 2014. Of the over 7,200 samples taken, 34 (0.47%) were non-compliant. Most of these (27 samples) contained non-compliant levels of dyes, particularly malachite green and crystal violet varieties. In aquaculture, these dyes are sometimes used as fungicides.

Milk – in 2014, almost 148 million tonnes of milk were produced in the EU and over 29,500 samples were taken, with 35 (0.12%) being found non-compliant. The majority of non-compliant samples were reported for antibacterials (20), mycotoxins (six) and anthelmintics (four).

Eggs – the EU produced some 6.3 million tonnes of eggs in 2014. Of the 13,400 samples taken 29 (0.22%) were found to be non-compliant, of which 18 were for anticoccidials, five for dioxins and PCBs, and four for antibacterials.

Poultry – some 13 million tonnes of poultry were produced in 2014. The number of samples taken reached almost 72,500, and 69 samples (0.10%) were non-compliant. Antibacterials accounted for 29 (mainly doxycycline), 18 were for anticoccidials and 9 for mycotoxins.

Bovines – just under 0.5% of more than 25 million cattle produced in the EU for food (including meat and dairy) were tested in 2014 (this is a high rate compared with other animals). Some 531, or 0.42%, of over 125,500 samples tested were non-compliant. Heavy metals accounted for 210 non-compliant samples in bovines (the majority of which were for copper), followed by resorcylic acid lactones with 71, and mycotoxins with 70 noncompliant samples. The antithyroid agent thiouracil accounted for 48 samples.

Pigs – huge numbers of pigs are produced in the EU annually (over 244 million in 2014) and 0.06% of them were tested for residues. Of the 135,000 samples taken from pigs, 378 were non-compliant (0.28%). Heavy metals accounted for 210 of them, the majority of which were for copper. For antibacterials, a total of 74 noncompliant samples were reported, and there were 52 samples with non-compliant levels of mycotoxins.

Sheep and goats – more than 36 million sheep and goats were produced in 2014 with 0.07% animals being tested and over 26,000 samples taken. There were 85 non-compliant samples, or 0.32% of the total, mainly reported against heavy metals (32 samples, mainly copper) and antibacterials (28 samples, mainly sulfadiazine). There were also 10 non-compliant samples for anthelmintics, which are commonly used to fight worms.

Source: Chemicals in Food Report 2016: https://www.efsa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/corporate_publications/files/161215chemicalsinfoodreport.pdf

Killing animals is not murder!

I have heard in the news that a small narrow minded group of people are referring to the slaughter of animals as being the same as murder.

This is a strange concept which I disagree with this for a number of points.

1. As humans we are Omnivores, we can eat both meat or veg, therefore, if you are killing for food it is not murder. It’s called the food chain, just as how a lion kills another animal for food.

2. Even the bible provides guidance on the type of meats to eat.

3. Slaughtering an animal for food actual is a way to control animal populations.

As a Vegan, I have chosen not to eat meats or dairy because it has too many man made chemicals which is whats actually murdering our body internally.

If killing animals is wrong in someone’s mind, then be animal rights protester, don’t say it’s because you are a Vegan.

This to me is misguided.

My Vegan Journey!

Thanks for joining me on my personal journey into my ‘New World Vegan’!

I am new to being a Vegan from being a meat lover for all my adult years.

I began this journey as a three-month challenge to myself but to also see if my body would feel the difference.

To my surprise, after my first month (Febuary 2018) my body does feels so much better, I used to have pains around my back at night and wake up feeling like a man of 90.

Now, I have no pains and full of new energy!

I decided to start my first blog to chart my journey and experience and to share my ‘New World’ views of being a Vegan.