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Veganism is a diet and lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, or for any other purpose. Vegans do not to use or consume animal products of any kind. The reasons for becoming a vegan are an ethical commitment or moral conviction and spiritual or religious concerns. Veganism as a philosophy objects the practices of factory farming and animal testing. Veganism is followed by a small population. But in 2012, Starbucks revealed it used extract from cochineal beetles to help color one of its strawberry beverages. There cannot be a true vegan.

Harris Interactive in the US found that of the 1,000 adults polled, 1.4% never eat meat, poultry, fish, seafood, dairy products, or eggs and were therefore essentially vegan in their eating habits. The Times estimates suggest around 0.4% of the UK population is vegan. Critics of veganism have questioned the evolutionary legitimacy and health effects of a vegan diet.

Veganism transcends politics and religion because it is based on the simple matter of rejecting a particular form of prejudice: speciesism. Speciesism, racism, sexism, and other prejudices rely on a morally irrelevant criterion as the basis on which to deny the interests of an individual belonging to a different ‘group’, even if those interests are more significant than one’s own. - Speciesism and Veganism: Transcending Politics and Religion.

There are several categories of veganism. Dietary vegans refrain from consuming animal products, dairy products and other animal-derived substances. Environmental veganism refers to the avoidance of animal products on the premise that the industrial farming of animals is environmentally damaging and unsustainable.

Veganism rose in popularity in Hong Kong and China, particularly among millennials. "Inside Hong Kong's growing appetite for veganism." Moon, Louise (28 October 2017). Hong Kong (Health & Environment). South China Morning Post.

Vegan Society was founded in 1944 by Elsie Shrigley and Donald Watson. They combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form "vegan," which they saw as "the beginning and end of vegetarian." Though honey and silk are by definition animal products, some vegans wrongly consider their use and the use of other insect products to be acceptable.

In 2016, the German Society for Nutrition categorically stated that – for children, pregnant or nursing women, and adolescents – vegan diets are not recommended, which has been backed up by a 2018 review of the research. After the Royal Academy of Medicine in Belgium decided a vegan diet was “unsuitable” for children, parents who force a vegan diet on their offspring in Belgium could even one day find themselves in prison.

There are several important brain nutrients that simply do not exist in plants or fungi. One of the most well-known challenges for vegans is getting enough vitamin B12, which is only found in animal products like eggs and meat. Other species acquire it from bacteria which live in their digestive tracts or faeces; they either absorb it directly or ingest it by snacking on their own poo, but unfortunately humans can’t do either.

Veganism Books and Reviews

This Crazy Vegan Life: A Prescription for an Endangered Species by Christina Pirello. Being vegan is not only having a plant-based diet. The first section of the book grounds readers in vegan principles. A reliable guide to going vegan.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero.

The Real Forbidden Fruit: How Meat Destroys Paradise And How Veganism Can Get It Back by Jeff Popick. Veganism overcomes society's problems according to Jeff Popick, also known as The Vegan Sage.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Vegan Living Beverly Lynn Bennett and Ray Sammartano. 50 sensational recipes, tips for vegan living, the lowdown on vegan myths.

Vegan Freak: Being Vegan in a Non-Vegan World by Bob Torres and Jenna Torres
Curious about veganism? Want to be a vegan? Just wondering how to be vegan without going insane?

The Vegan Sourcebook by Joanne Stepaniak and Carol J. Adams
Number of people are embracing veganism. In The Vegan Sourcebook, long-time activist Joanne Stepaniak explores and illuminates the principles of compassionate living.

Being Vegan: Living With Conscience, Conviction, and Compassion by Joanne Stepaniak and Stanley Sapon.
Vegan philosophy and ethic, discovering hidden animal products and ingredients, and more.

Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating by Erik Marcus

Vegan with a Vengeance : Over 150 Delicious, Cheap, Animal-Free Recipes That Rock by Isa Chandra Moskowitz.

Compassion the Ultimate Ethic: An Exploration of Veganism by Victoria Moran
Fascinating, inspiring account veganism in real life, Review By A Customer:
Victoria Moran investigates the history and modern day practice of ethical veganism.