The fallout from Voracious Vegan’s de-veganization continues and it’s good to see some critical thought and critique finally making its way into the public.
In a previous entry I warned of an impending bubble burst when all the bad arguments vegans throw around so willy nilly will cause an artificial inflation of vegans who will eventually fail and become disenfranchised for being duped. The counter anecdotes and knee-jerk mockery have subsided and it was an embarrassing display to witness. The cleanup crew is getting in gear though and Ginny Messina RD writes: How the Health Argument Fails Veganism.
She continues in the comments:
…My question, though is this–since there isn’t really any science to suggest that a vegan diet is the healthiest (or only truly healthy) way for people to eat, do we want to say that it is? Some people might say yes–anything to get people to go vegan. I’m not sure I agree with that.
Alllmost there…c’mon…why aren’t you sure you agree with that…c’mon…
Messina is best to comment on the nutrition side though and here we have it. A vegan RD is telling vegans to STFU with that heath shit already. Will her plea be headed? This anything-goes approach has long hampered any consideration of the principles behind veganism and it’s about time to see this become a priority. As the accounts of ex-vegans continue to pile up vegans are wiping the Ener-G from their face and scrambling to plug the nutrition gaps in the ill-advised health vegan’s knowledge. This may stem the eventual vegan bubble burst and I hope to see some more integrity in the vegan arguments. The hardest part will be how to make a compelling ethical argument without resorting to old habits of bait-and-switch. It’s an endeavor that needs some pioneering for those willing to brave it.