Make Vegans answer the question – did they do it for health or moral reasons? Of course the way I say it I say moral superiority.
Then I add that plants check off all the same boxes that chordates do.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of comments I catch on those two things. Vegans do not like to be told to stop eating everything. And then there’s the classification problem. Mammals are one thing, but then there’s the birds, the insects etc. When you come down to all life then you really have a problem.
So I countered I love pork too much to ever go even vegetarian let alone vegan. I think vegan is a bit on the lunatic fringe to be honest. But I did say I do my part to help the environment. All the light bulbs in this house are either CFL’s or LED’s. No more incandescent bulbs. Hasn’t been that way for years. And I generally eschew plastic bags when we shop. We have a bunch of fabric bags or rugged bags and we use those when we shop.
But we do not recycle – in fact not even available as our trash is hauled by a private concern. When we build our place I plan to have a compost bin for vegetable and fruit waste. Good example is peppers, the seed mass and the stem are usually thrown out.
And I tried to get us to use less paper towels – but they’re just so damned convenient.
And one thing that bothers me is plastic packaging of everything. I do like glass containers as they can in fact be fully recycled. Plastics are a crap shoot with recycling.
So we can each make choices that help the environment from using less energy to preventing more plastic going into the waste stream.
It’s a bit amusing to poke the vegans – they try to twist it in all sorts of directions to try to take umbrage at my statements. It’s hilarious.