Is Veganism Only For The Privileged And Rich? artwork
The Compassionate Conversation

Is Veganism Only For The Privileged And Rich?

  • S1E4
  • 33:41
  • May 26th 2020

Why do people think veganism is too expensive? Top 3 reasons:

1. It’s an unfamiliar diet and lifestyle to most people — Only 1-3% of American adults are permanent vegans

2. The animal ag industry subsidizes animal foods — Many of the costs that prop up animal flesh and secretions production are handled by lobbyists and governmental action

Further reading:

3. There are many cultural forces conspiring against veganism to make it seem not worthwhile or unattainable

It’s never been easier or more convenient to be vegan: 

Percentage of vegans by race:

African Americans are fastest growing vegan demographic:

Vegan demographics:

Veganism is not a race-based lifestyle or ethical position:

Chipotle menu:

Veganism is one of the cheapest diets:

In accordance with a March 2019 study from the CASS Studies Journal of India, vegan diets did not originate from wealthy elites in the West, but from Eastern cultures and religions, such as Jainism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

Eat vegan on a budget:

What is a food desert? -

Eat vegan in food deserts: 

 • Know it can be difficult

 • Petition and rally your neighbors. Ask your nearby vegan community

 • Accidental vegan foods

 • Try to find a store if you can that sells the basics, like at a corner store, for beans, rice, lentils

 • Go to your nearest grocery store and stock up

 • Grow your own on a small plot of land or find a community garden

 • Source / more info:

Restaurant food is marked up 300% -

Vegan hot pockets — Whole Foods’ pre-made pizza dough; Lightlife vegan ham; So Delicious’ cheddar shreds; oven at 350-400 for 20 to 30 minutes

Is It Vegan? App —

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