Right now a (predictable) flame war is happening in a Facebook thread at Plant-Bssed News. It’s for this “3 Things Vegans Get Wrong (And How It Hurts Our Movement)” article published at Plant-Based News. My husband sent the article to me; otherwise, I wouldn’t have known about it.
Have you read the article? If you are too busy to read the article, too annoyed by the ads, or simply can’t be bothered to click on the link, here are the “three things” from the article:
- 1. When we belittle anything that isn’t ‘all-in’
- 2. We assume a plant-based diet is automatically perfect
- 3. We hear criticism and fight back before listening
What are your thoughts? Here are mine:
- It’s funny that the article starts off with the full disclosure that it’s the author’s belief that vegans are better than other people. Ha! Did they do it just to be contrarian and spark protest? Most people (other than some vegans, apparently?) would immediately see that as ridiculous. Who knows, maybe the author’s intention WAS to start off with a joke? 🤷🏻♀️
- The three things that they say vegans got wrong are all good points. We discuss these topics at Veganish Dot World and have been discussing them in the Let’s Go Vegan-ish Facebook groups and community page since 2013.
- During the discussion about nutrition gaps, the articles mentions the importance of supplements. I wholly agree with the importance of supplements (combined with fortified foods, which I don’t remember the article mentioning), for bridging nutrition gaps. However, the article also pairs this with an ad for a supplement company! Ugh.
- People already distrust supplements and assume they are just a money-making scam. To me, coupling the nutrition discussion with an ad for a supplement company only reinforces that idea. What a bummer, since many people could benefit from iodine, calcium, B12, DHA-EPA, and other supplements or fortified foods.
Here’s a link to the Facebook discussion (flame war 🤷🏻♀️):
Any other thoughts you’d like to add?