There are omnivores. They eat anything.
Then there are pescetarians. They eat fish.
Vegetarians are meat-free eaters but they do eat dairy and eggs. May also be called ovo-lacto-vegetarian. Seriously? It’s such a tongue twister.
Then of course we get to flexitarians. They’re not fussy. They could be classed as a relaxed vegetarian who sometimes eats fish and/or meat.
Vegans are a whole lot more restricted. They not only do not eat meat or fish. They are also opposed to any products that exploit animals. Veganism is on the rise. If you are really serious about veganism there are many restrictions to be taken into consideration.
Honey for example is not a vegan food as bees are exploited through migratory beekeeping tantamount to bee cruelty. That is, the farmers move the hives around to pollinate crops. This deprives the bees of their freedom, a diverse diet, and can put them at risk of disease. Does this make all crops pollinated in this manner non-vegan?
In fact, the whole issue of farming becomes suspect when it’s impact on animal and insect welfare is taken into consideration.
Other factors that many people may not be aware of if they are considering a truly vegan lifestyle –
In Australia bank notes are coated with animal fat which helps to make them slippery. Non vegan money ?
Egg and fish bits are used in winemaking.
Red food dye is made from crushed beetles.
It would be necessary also to investigate which brands of beer, white sugar and marshmallows are vegan. Even tattoo parlours may not be using vegan friendly ink. And where does it leave things like pearls, beeswax, china and vaccines?
Fruitarians only eat what naturally falls off plants.
The question this little sneak peek into various diets raises for me is – just how far do we take things before we all starve to death? Common sense should prevail. Farming practices are changing but it will take time. In the meantime there’s a whole lot of people out there in the wide world who need to eat. AND we need bees to do that. There are many do not have the luxury of choosing an ‘ism diet/lifestyle. They simply want food to feed their families – any food.
That just about covers the most common dietary practices. The art of eating (can I call it that?) now moves on to become a whole lot more challenging and confronting to consider.
BREATHARIANISM, also known as Inedia or Sustenance through Light live only on prana (sunlight and air). A number of people have made this claim and have subsequently been researched and findings documented. It is possibly a very small and dying breed.
From here we move on to the esoteric practices of the Aghori Sadhus in India who eat human flesh. But they do not kill anyone to eat them. They only eat the abandoned dead bodies in the cremation grounds and the bodies they pull out from the river Ganga. They believe it gives them spiritual power. If you have a strong stomach watch this video.
Rather than leave you with that last very unsavoury thought – watch this:
© Raili Tanska
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Peace prevails when food suffices.
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