African vegans are a return to tradition – via This Is Africa


If you really want to be an ethical vegan, research all your food – even the plants. Indeed, a great frustration I have with vegans in the global north is the erasure of human exploitation in food systems. Vegans are typically concerned with the wellbeing of charismatic animals and are unbothered about the plight of... Continue Reading →

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“I feared for my life”: Racism, Speciesism, and the Pretext of Self-Preservation


One common and troubling obstacle that human and non-human animal rights advocates face is the insistence that violence against others is "justified" because of some perceived or imagined threat. Exploitation and killing of marginalized people and animals often hinges upon the claim that “I feared for my life,” or “it was my life or theirs.”... Continue Reading →

How eating animals perpetuates violence, exacerbates exploitation, and undermines democracy


From exploited workers to the animals to our very democracy, animal agriculture* is bad for everyone involved—except the folks who profit from it. The growing demand for cheap meat means the animal food industry must raise and kill animals in high volume with minimal regard for well-being, health, or safety. This in turn leads to... Continue Reading →

Food Justice: Because “Food is Power”


Water privatization, overgrazing, pesticides, food security. These are clearly issues of sustainability with regards to our food systems. Yet, the term "sustainability" doesn't quite adequately address related issues of labor rights, food access, and environmental racism that are also part of the path that our food takes to get to our plate. This is where... Continue Reading →

Animal Agriculture: Waste & Inefficiency


Half the world’s grain crop is fed to animals raised for food, while an estimated 1 billion people are malnourished, and 6 million children starve to death every year. … “Most hunger deaths are due to chronic malnutrition caused by inequitable distribution and inefficient use of existing food resources. At the same time, wasteful agricultural... Continue Reading →

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