Recently I’ve read a few things labelling plant-based eaters as hypocritical - essentially exchanging one form of unconscious mass consumption for another. A good example of this is around products like tofu, derived from soya beans; the cultivation & mass consumption of which is responsible for a great deal of deforestation, disruption of eco-systems, ancestral land, biodiversity.
The common thread in many of the posts I’ll be writing is nuance & free thinking. If we look into it we will find that 70% of global soya production goes to (unnaturally & cheaply) feed animals bred for consumption & that it takes, for example, at least 8lbs of beans (as well as more space & more than a little cruelty) to raise 1 lb of beef - a very inefficient energy exchange - whilst only 6% goes to human eating, mostly for traditional Asian cuisine - growing veganism is not the problem here, nor is tofu and the award for hypocrisy goes to the argument itself. There are also producers such as @taifuntofu
who source organic, non GM beans only grown in Europe with no links to deforestation at all.
Soya beans need not, and should not be a huge part of a plant based diet, but just one of many efficient & nourishing protein sources eaten in variety, from lentils, seeds, nuts, pseudo-cereals & all the other beans. Global & individual problems converge when we rely too heavily on one ingredient & ancestrally we always eeked out a diet of many different natural components. Ayurveda too emphasises variety, naturality, seasonality, avoidance of processed food & all pervading non-violence (ahimsa) - a conscious, harmonious relationship with our food & thereby natural forces.
I feel very strongly that it’s important to be unafraid of feeling like a hypocrite, or being made to feel foolish & instead to hold to and follow truth as it finds us - global systems are not currently set up for perfect solutions - all is balance & change, process & adjustment - it is true that consistency is the purview of dull minds & the imminently obsolete. As nothing stays still we shouldn’t cling to the status quo but embrace the change that rings harmoniously with our personal truth & values.