Should Vegans Go Organic
Vegans who avoid all meat and animal by-products may need to examine the pros and cons of organic farming.
Organic farming may not be vegan ethical. Conversely, conventional foods can also use techniques that violate vegan sensitivity.
We’ll discuss some of the reasons why you work organically and why vegans want to eat conventionally grown foods. You may never have thought of number one and choosing conventional foods can be a big factor for vegans.
However, numbers three and four can affect the opposite direction.
The main vegan and organic question seems to be the use of fertilizers. Fertilizer helps plants grow. Humans have used animal and human waste for eons to enrich the soil and promote plant growth. Organic fertilizer continues this and combines fertilizers from plant and animal substances as well as animal and human fertilizers.
Synthetic fertilizer is made from nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium compounds with additional secondary nutrients.
Some fertilizers from wastewater residues are positive for dangerous heavy metals such as silver, nickel, selenium, thallium and vanadium.
Which is safer for you? Probably organic. What corresponds more to the vegan perspective? Artificial fertilizer.
Much of the organic fertilizer comes from wastewater treatment plants and large animal husbandry plants such as bearing pins. Synthetic fertilizer components have to be removed and combined in a factory.
Both can contaminate water sources and cause algal blooms. Organic fertilizer may be a little more environmentally friendly.
Both ecological and conventional businesses have a relatively large carbon footprint. Traditional farms are much more efficient and have much higher yields than organic farms.
Conventional (and some organic) foods contain additives from animal by-products. Mealybug, a red food coloring, is made from the bodies of pregnant insects. Gelatin, glycerin and sodium caseinate come from cattle.
Lecithin can be made from vegetables or egg yolks. L-cysteine is made from chicken feathers. The list goes on and on, but the idea is understood: conventional foods can contain additives from animals.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are plants (and now a salmon line) in whose genetic sequences DNA sequences have been inserted. This makes plants more resistant to drought, pests, floods and other agricultural problems. Organic does not contain transgenic foods.
Part of the DNA comes from bacteria. Bacteria are living organisms. By eating transgenic foods, vegans get DNA from a creature that moves, eats, and multiplies. Does that violate vegan ethics? If so, avoid GMOs.
If you are vegan and try to choose between conventional and organic plants, the choice is yours. On the one hand, organic fertilizers come from animals (and humans). On the other hand, additives and GMOs are contained in conventional foods. What is most urgent and worrying for your ethical considerations and health?
Only you can make this decision and decide what is the most important concern to push you in one direction or another.