“bacon is bacon…means a dead pig…there is nothing called vegan bacon… i am sick of hearing vegetable “hamburger” in India…..there is nothing hamburger about it….why do vegetarians insist on bacon vegan or veg kebab….call a vegetable a vegetable and dashed meat a meat slab…you wont find meat eaters labeling there food after vegetable dishes to fool themselves into thinking they are actually eating a veggie equivalent…when we eat our ‘tatters, we call our ‘tatters ‘tatters….vegan bacon hah……thats a joke”
I get this type of question a lot, “Why do vegetarians and vegans make food that looks like meat? Why would you call veggie-based foods anything to do with ‘meat’? Animal based foods are never called something to appear more as a vegetable.” I even get this question from other vegans and vegetarians, which in my opinion is even more bizarre. They feel that in someway this is not healthy, not real, and or the excuses go on. Here are my views on this topic:
- We do actually label animal based foods to appear more like vegetables: Animal based foods in fact are regularly labeled something different from which they originally came from. In doing so, we objectify animals. This allows us to avoid confrontation with our logic and compassionate senses of the reality of eating a once living intelligent being, by labeling the ripped apart flesh of that sentient creature something more reminiscent of a non-living object or a vegetable. For example we say beef instead of cow, we say pork instead of mother pig, we say veal instead of calf. We disguise animals with names that somehow justify it as okay to consume.
- We will get sick if we don’t prepare animal foods: For the average person, if they saw a dead rotting pig in a field. That would likely not start salivating or run up to the carcass and start consuming it, even if they were hungry. Yet, that’s what happens to real carnivorous species, when they come upon a rotting carcass. Human beings are funny because we actually prepare animal flesh – (**notice the word ‘meat’ was not used as the word actually originated from the fleshy part of veggies and fruit) we first kill the animal, we strip them of skin, bones, and organs. The fleshy parts of the animal are the primary ones we deem edible, and in addition we often further beat them, cut them up into tinier pieces and then heat them at outrageous temperatures, so we don’t get sick. Flesh based foods must be cooked because our stomachs are not as acid as real carnivores and not even as acid as common omnivores. To top it off, we flavor the flesh bits with plants and serve them with plants. Why would we possibly need to do that if flesh bits were the best food on planet earth to our taste buds, and plants were so bland of taste and texture or of any interest whatsoever?
- We actually don’t even like animal foods as they are naturally: Okay, so maybe a rotting carcass isn’t your thing. Maybe you’d rather have something more fresh. If you were really all about flesh foods you would likely be completely okay with someone serving you a live rabbit. You would know exactly what to do, you would salivate, you would happily kill and consume all parts of it raw, because that’s what a real carnivore and or omnivore would do.
- Our vocabulary is shaped by our food culture, and has little to do with the actual substances we put into our mouths: In most of our food cultures we have all gotten used to certain foods combined with certain flavors. In our world, those certain foods are often animal based. We don’t go vegan or vegetarian because we hate these foods. We go vegan or vegetarian because our value system is that of respect for the world, animals and our own bodies. So in fact, there is really no big deal in re-creating foods that we are used to, just instead using plants.
- Plants take much less if any preparation to produce meals or tastes: In many cases it is only more natural. Take jackfruit for instance, if you marinate all the insides, you instantly have something that reminds most people of pulled pork. If we lived in a plant based culture then these foods would only remind us of plants, and if someone were to make flesh based foods, they would likely end up being called, “mock jackfruit” because that’s what people would be more familiar with.
Maybe you’ve always associated certain words with flesh foods, such as patties, cheese, meat, and gravy. And maybe the new association of those foods being plant based whether you are vegan or a flesh eater grosses you out, or makes you cringe because it’s not what you are used to. But chances are you do enjoy plants, such as French fries, apples or peanut butter, and chances are you don’t have any issue with the preparations that go into these foods. So why should any other way that plants can possibly be prepared be marked bad or wrong? The bottom line is that plants are more natural for humans to eat, and since humans are creatures of habit, we do have a tendency to gravitate toward tastes, flavors and textures that we are more familiar with. If we have the technology and the know how to enjoy plants in multifold more ways, why not? There is nothing inherently bad about that. It only adds to the joy and the already abundant variety of being vegan or vegetarian.