The one thing Vegans & Meat-eaters should all be able to agree on. ~ Waylon Lewis

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I’m vegan, but I don’t believe in proselytizing. It’s not up to me if you’re vegan or not—it’s up to you.

I am fine to answer questions, if friends have any.

That said, I am curious—nay, confounded—why factory farming is a thing. I get that most folks want to eat dairy and meat. I don’t agree with that. But what I do think we could all agree on is that factory farming is cruel. And most of us hold our own ethics in high regard. So why would we eat tortured animal food?

It should be the one thing we can all agree on.

As for affordability, meat and dairy are inefficient and made affordable only by tax subsidies to big ag and big corporations.

It’s easy to be poor and live healthfully if and only if there’s access to decent, real food. Food deserts are a real thing, and we’ve covered them extensively. My mom and I grew up poor—she never made more than $12K a year, and I lived on food stamps and school lunch vouchers—but she gave me simple food and we made it through, if only barely sometimes (hello, rice)…

If you have a thoughtful view on this, and don’t just want to attack others (vegans or meat-eaters), please contribute your two cents.

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Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view.

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