Veganism is something to has skyrocketed in the past two years with more people changing to the vegan lifestyle by the day.
For some, the entire change comes through as perhaps a sort of trial and error base, or as a new phase diet, but for most vegans, the whole philosophy surrounding the refusal of any food that could have negative implications for animals, is something to live every day life by.
There is however, a new catch that might have people rethinking their diet plans, as it turns out that the hipster food of 2018, Avocado on Toast, isn’t actually a strictly vegan meal.
For starters, the toast is fine, usually. Traditionally made from yeast, flour, water and salt, bread is something that can be consumed by vegans no problem, but commercially sold breads, such as ones that blanket a packet bought sandwich, contain dairy produce such as whey, a milk based protein. The Toast however is certainly not the problem here.
Shockingly, it has been revealed that the much loved superfood, the avocado, isn’t actually vegan. For the same reason the majority of vegans choose not to consume honey, as humans interference with bees during harvest can mean the health of the bee is sacrificed, bees have a role to play in avocado cultivation. With bees already becoming dangerously extinct, the devoted animal lovers don’t want to risk any more harm.
Avocados as we know and love them, cannot exist without bees, which leaves a bit of an ethical dilemma to come into play for people who choose not to consume any item of food associated with the use of animals or animal produce.
Avocados are a crop that naturally can be very difficult to cultivate, so the crops rely on bees in a sort of unnatural way. This is due to bees cultivating crops, and then these crops being transported to new locations via lorries or trucks which, whether on purpose or not, relocate the bees for further cultivation in different climates.
This is the same for a variety of fruit and veg, including broccoli, lettuce, cucumbers and even cherries. The strict ethical regulations of a vegan diet stretch far and wide and this news comes as something that could prove to be detrimental for a vast majority of everyday vegan dietary requirements.
Not all Vegans will class the unnatural farming of bees, be it direct or indirect, as something that they determine concern for dietary requirements, but it has raised an interesting discussion for both vegans, vegetarians, pescetarians and meat eaters alike.
Vegans make a huge contribution to the reduction of animal suffering annually, and it does seem somewhat impossible to avoid all types of animal farming in modern food supplies, regardless, the avocado being deemed a non-vegan product has come as a huge shock, and is certainly one that will raise debate.