So, yesterday we had our first trolling. A vegan activist chased me around the internet for the afternoon, making uninvited and aggressive comments on a couple of pages she discovered that I follow.
I am a member of a small and interesting facebook group of farmers and vegans (Australian based). It is full of robust discussion, mis-information correcting (on both sides of the animal debate), and the occasional awfulness when someone forgets that farmers are people too – and are just as compassionate and environmentally aware as anyone else.
I am a member of that page, not because I want to persuade a vegan activist to start eating meat, but because if there is someone in that group that is feeling conflicted – maybe they’ve stopped eating meat and their health has declined, or they’ve been hanging out with activists and not finding it a very nice environment to be in – that they have an exposure to farmers through the page and can see that they actually have far more in common with food growers than what they realise – whether that’s around the health of their family, the impacts of growing food on the environment, or contributing positively to society.
So if there’s any other activists lurking here that would like to have a go at me, I’d like to remind you of a couple of things:
1) Have a look at the below picture. You may see a young woman, or an old woman. Whichever you see, you are right. It’s a gentle reminder that we can both be looking at the same set of information, yet see two different pictures. Never invalidate someone else’s perspective – they may be just as right as you are 🙂
2) Farmers are people who grow food. Like teaching, or care-giving, or policing, its not a path to riches, but when things are going well, it is a fulfilling vocation where you feel you are making a difference. Often farmers grow animals as well as vegetables or fruit, and are well versed as to how both play an important part in our food systems and food security
3) There are three key components to choosing whether animal protein has a place in your diet or not – nutritional benefits, environmental impact, and personal ethics. There is science that supports both the inclusion and exclusion of animal protein, and we can always find science that supports our individual biases. Getting into lengthy ‘link trading’ is fruitless (excuse the pun). Talking about what works for you, is fine.
And always remember – its easy to be nasty when you are sitting behind a keyboard – but that’s not what the world needs more of. ✌🏾👍🏼❤️🥰