A vegan is someone who eats only plant-based foods and does not eat meat, dairy, or eggs.
They don’t eat meat, fish, poultry, seafood, honey, beeswax, gelatin, shellfish, or animal byproducts.
They also avoid products made with animal ingredients such as milk and cheese.
Instead, they choose to use vegan alternatives such as soy yogurt, almond milk, tofu, hemp milk, and coconut milk.
But What Exactly Is An Industrial Vegan?
Industrial vegans believe that animals raised for food should not suffer at all.
This means they don’t eat anything from factory farms, slaughterhouses, or other places where animals are kept in poor conditions.
They only eat natural foods and they do not eat foods that have been industrially raised, farmed, or processed.
We look at veganism in closer detail and have a little dig into the vegan world to find out exactly what an industrial vegan is.
What Is Veganism?
Before diving into what an industrial vegan is, we might want to remind ourselves what it means to be vegan in the first place.
The term “vegan” was first used in 1944 when Donald Watson coined it, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the word became widely accepted.
Today, there are many different definitions of what veganism is. The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as:
1) abstaining from eating or using animal flesh, especially as part of a diet; 2) abstaining from the infliction of pain on nonhuman sentient beings (animals).
So basically, you can be a vegan if you don’t eat any animal products or wear leather.
Their food consists of whole foods and plant-based products only and like industrial vegans, which we will go on to explore, they eat unprocessed and natural foods.
The idea behind veganism is that they do not eat or use any animal products, including meat, eggs, or dairy.
Benefits Of Veganism
There are so many benefits to being a vegan. Here are just some of them:
- It reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. These diseases are caused by high cholesterol levels and sugar intake. Eating too much animal fat increases bad cholesterol while cutting down on carbohydrates lowers blood glucose levels.
- It makes you feel more energetic. When you cut out animal products, you get rid of toxins like hormones, antibiotics, and growth promoters. It can make you feel full of life again and give you a boost of energy you did not know you needed.
- It saves the lives of millions of animals every year. According to estimates, over 9 billion land animals are killed each year for human consumption. That’s about 1 million animals per minute.
- It protects the environment. Animals produce methane gas through their digestive systems. Methane is one of the leading greenhouse gasses contributing to climate change. If everyone went vegan, this would reduce emissions by 40%. And that’s before you consider the reduction in energy used during the transport of the animals and their constituent parts before and after they’re slaughtered.
What Is An Industrial Vegan?
The term “industrial vegan” was first used in 2021 in the TV show known as, The Hustler and was first coined by entrepreneur Craig Fergusson.
After people heard the reference in the show, the term was trending for a while and made headlines on several vegan blogs, websites, and news channels. But what does it mean?
In a nutshell, an industrial vegan is a vegan who eats primarily foods that aren’t industrially raised, farmed, or processed.
This sounds similar to simply being a vegan right?
Well as an example, the difference is that an industrial vegan would refuse to eat ‘vegan meat’ as it is a result of the modern processing of food.
An industrial vegan would also only use all-natural skincare products made with organic ingredients, as opposed to vegan big-name branded skincare products.
Finally, an industrial vegan will only wear handmade plant leather and unprocessed organic threads as opposed to synthetic fabrics or faux leather which some vegans deem ok still to use.
What Do Industrial Vegans Eat?
Industrial vegans eat all-natural and unprocessed foods.
This means an industrial vegan would refrain from consuming any artificial chemicals, GMOs, and the preservatives in any food they eat would need to contain only naturally-derived preservatives, if any preservatives at all.
They would still only eat food that was not an animal product, but the focus is on having those unprocessed foods.
A lot of processed vegan foods contain plenty of sugar and fat, and as they are replicating another type of animal product, and often contain even more artificial ingredients or chemicals than the actual thing, this can be detrimental to your health.
In some cases, it can be worse for you than just eating the real thing.
Industrial vegans try to avoid these harmful chemicals by eating all-natural foods, filling up on fruits, veggies, and natural protein sources.
These fruits and veggies however need to come from small farms and should not be contaminated with herbicides, GMOs, or pesticides, as they avoid eating foods that are mass-farmed or industrially processed.
Industrial vegans also avoid consuming commercially produced or processed sugars and sweeteners, whereas vegans will happily consume non-animal sweeteners like corn syrup or stevia.
Benefits Of Being An Industrial Vegan
Some vegans might choose to be industrial vegan for health reasons.
Eating only unprocessed whole foods can help prevent disease and help us live longer according to studies. It also makes us feel amazing!
They might also choose to be an industrial vegan for environmental reasons.
Although vegan food that has been processed is still plant-based, it’s made in a factory which can produce too much greenhouse gas, and worsen global warming.
By avoiding processed foods you can reduce your carbon footprint as well as save the animals and support the other industrial vegans in their aim to make the planet cleaner.
Is Veganism The Same As Vegetarianism?
Not exactly, a vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat any meat but does eat dairy and eggs.
Some people call themselves vegetarians because they don’t want to hurt animals, while others do it simply because they don’t like the taste of meat.
A vegan, however, is someone who completely abstains from eating all types of animal products.
They also avoid using any type of animal product such as leather, wool, silk, feathers, or even honey.
We hope after reading this article you have learned all you need to know about an industrial vegan diet and how by eating this way you can not only save the animals but help with climate change and air pollution too.
Although an industrial vegan enjoys a great diet, remember it is not for everyone, and you should always make sure you are meeting nutritional needs.
Even cutting down your meat intake or switching to plant milk is a step in the right direction when it comes to saving the earth!