There’s no question that we’re in an age where we desperately need more voices standing up to injustice and spreading the word about climate change and healthy diets. When the “norm” involves the massacre of billions of innocent creatures annually all for the sake of a diet and lifestyle that puts us in early graves, something obviously needs to change, and that’s why such a Vegan Revolution handbook had to be written.
Protest Kitchen, a new book on radical ways everyday people can help themselves and the environment, seeks to help ignite this change.
Plant-Based Eating is Revolutionary
It’s no secret that we’re living in a regressive society right now. Though there are glimmers of positive change, such as veganism’s surge in popularity, there can be no doubt that backwards thinking is what greases the wheels around us right now.
In such a state, plant-based eating is truly a revolutionary act, and that’s what Protest Kitchen is all about.
You don’t necessarily have to be shouting from the rooftops and getting arrested at sit-ins just to be considered a rebel. In this day and age, the simple acts of eating a natural diet means refusing to buy into the mainstream medical industry’s lies and opting not to take part in the suffering of billions of tortured animals annually. Not to mention the destruction of our ecosystem.
True revolution begins with acts that are grounded in compassion and balance.
You fight because it’s right, not because there is any agenda attached to it. Plant-based living is the epitome of true revolution: it dares to question some of the humanity’s most odd, corrupt behaviors: murdering innocent animals, eating flesh, engaging in violence, destroying the environment we live in.
These staples of our society are of course unnatural, but most people simply take it all for granted. Yet, it must be stated that we are not a meat-eating species, we were never meant to engage in the wholesale murder of billions of animals every year, and we were never meant to take part in our own destruction by eating what kills us and ripping apart the ecosystem that sustains us.
But more than offering advice for eating vegan, Protest Kitchen also offers practical advice for everyday household issues and a path to healing. If you find that your life just seems in disarray and you need guidance and some solid holistic advice, this is the book for you.
Veganism and Social Justice
The term “social justice” has been under fire in recent years – in our regressive society, it’s practically a slur. Only in such a dismal state as ours could the concept of social justice be maligned and transformed into a derogatory concept, but that just goes to show how backwards everything is.
That being said, Protest Kitchen does a good job of connecting the dots of our food choices and how they unwittingly support racism, animal abuse, the destruction of poor communities, classism, and even sexism. You might think that what you eat is simply a personal choice, but everything you buy and prepare in your kitchen has origins and consequences for its production.
What you want to ask yourself is, where did this food come from and what had to be sacrificed to get it on my plate?
These are the kinds of challenging issues that are presented in this book. The kind of proactive thinking, holistic understanding, and truth-telling that is all too absent in our society at the moment.
But how is something as simple as eating the food you want so impactful? The only reason why many would be confused to hear this or understand it is due to how sheltered from the truth we all are. Our society has done an incredible job of crafting a bubble that insulates us from the horrors of our actions.
You might go to a store, see a pack of bacon, and think a simple innocent thought like, “this would make a tasty breakfast,” never knowing the massive system of corruption and death you are supporting.
Let’s use that pack of bacon to illustrate this point further.
That bacon most likely came from a pig that was mass bred in a factory farm in a state like North Carolina. These pig farms house tens of thousands of animals in tiny steel cages, where they are treated like nothing more than objects, enslaved, raped (artificially inseminated), abused (piglets often have their tails cut off without anesthesia), allowed to develop all kinds of diseases, boils, malnutrition, and mental disorders from being locked into a tiny box their whole life, and then ultimately sent to the slaughter to be killed.
This is only one facet of the issue though. These pig farms create unimaginable amounts of waste, which is not regulated like human waste. It is pushed into giant septic vats that are little more than massive holes in the ground. These giant pits of feces and urine leech into the groundwater of the poor communities that they are located near, and eventually contaminate larger bodies of water. Pig farms like the ones on the Eastern seaboard of the United States are one of the leading causes of ocean dead-zones and environmental degradation.
During natural disasters like the recent Hurricane Florence, flood these unregulated and poorly constructed waste vats, spreading septic material all over the surrounding areas.
It goes without saying that this waste carries bacteria, is unnatural in its concentrated large amounts, and does extreme damage to the local ecosystem. Poor communities around these farms, which impact a disproportionate number of minorities, often suffer from an array of illnesses borne from inhaling septic fumes and having compromised drinking water.
Then there is the issue of the pigs themselves. These are sentient animals that are well aware of their own suffering. It has been proven that pigs are just as smart as dogs, if not more so, and even have just about the same comparative intellectual capacity as a three-year-old human. That is to say nothing of the fact that they are compassionate, aware creatures that feel love, pain, loss, joy, and sadness. They are sentient beings who deserve their autonomy every bit as much as we do, and yet we enslave them by the millions.
And the issues with buying that bacon don’t even stop there. Once you cook it and eat it, you are willingly taking part in the destruction of your own body while simultaneously fueling the mainstream medical industry that makes trillions of dollars off of the suffering of our species, pushing pills and dangerous treatments.
Human beings were never meant to eat meat, that much is obvious.
We don’t have a single omnivore trait, to say nothing of carnivore traits. Our digestive systems balk at the idea of trying to eat the charred flesh of a large mammal. We just simply aren’t equipped to process the acidity of the proteins, we can barely make use of the nutrients, our intestines are too long which allows the meat to putrefy in our gut, the fats clog our arteries and slow our metabolism, and burden our hearts.
Eating meat quite literally can put you in an early grave depending on your lifestyle habits, genetics, and overall health. It’s an unnatural act which does harm to yourself, harm to your loved ones that might lose out on time with you, adds to your future medical bills, and aids in perpetuating a broken medical system that does more harm than good, especially when it comes to illnesses like cancer and heart disease, which meats like bacon are directly related to.
There are a host of other connecting factors when discussing the purchase and consumption of meat, such as perpetuating the stereotypes that it’s “masculine” to eat meat, it continues the obesity epidemic (which also disproportionately affects minorities and is therefore a racial issue), continues to allow fast food and other industries to use propaganda to sell their products, forces wrong information on children via the nonsensical “food pyramid,” takes money out of taxpayer pockets due to the subsidies that the meat industry gets from the government every year, perpetuates a bunch of heart pressure, cancer, and cholesterol pill companies, and even contributes to the world hunger epidemic (most of the world’s food that is grown is given to livestock animals, not people).
So as you can see, eating meat is downright problematic. The choice to not eat it and support this industry of death and destruction is indeed a revolutionary act in every sense of the word. Veganism is a protest that reverberates throughout all parts of our culture, and it’s not difficult to get into, either. In fact, as Protest Kitchen explains, it couldn’t be easier.
Change Your Diet, Change The World?
Veganism and plant-based living can not only transform your life, but the world around you as well. We’re seeing the first steps of this happen all over the place, from the increasingly popularity of cruelty-free makeup, to the collapse of the dairy industry, to a rising awareness of how mass farming impacts the environment.
There is no getting around the fact that as a society, we need change. And going vegan is one of the first steps in that process. What Protest Kitchen aims to do is provide simple solutions everyone can relate to, and even guide you with diet choices for those of us that are “not quite” vegan yet but are actively trying to transition. It’s a powerful book that address some of the most fundamental issues in our society right now and how something as simple as changing your diet can truly be revolutionary.
This incredible book is set for full release this Monday, October 1, so grab your copy while it’s still available. Yes, you can help change the world by doing something as simple as adjusting your diet.
The impact that mass farming has on the lives of innocent creatures, our environment, our health, and our society is unbelievable. The only answer is to reject this system of corruption and disease one meal at a time, and it all starts right in your own kitchen!