Look up at the banner across the top of this blog. It says it's for anyone who wants to reduce or avoid milk and milk products in their diets, including vegans.
I have been featuring vegan products, vegan cookbooks, and vegan restaurants on my website for 10 years. I support vegans and veganism all the way.
As long as they remember that veganism is a choice, not a superior moral stance.
When vegans forget this simple rule, they have an awful tendency to throw truth and reality out the window. Why? I can only imagine, but nothing my imagination comes up with is very flattering.
I have a current example that set me off, of course. Cow's Milk: A Substitute for Human Milk, by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on the GreenOptions.com website.
She starts off by decrying the fact that soy "milk" and rice "milk" are considered imitation or alternative "milks," implying that they are inferior. This is a simple fact of history. Milk straight from the animal or the mother's breast has always been the standard for milk. The whitish liquid that is made from plant or other sources, even in cultures that has used them for thousands of years, is clearly the substitute for the real thing. It may have its own positive properties but it is not milk.
She then says something which has become common in vegan diatribes, even though it is utterly false and without a shred of archaeological backing:
When animals were first herded and domesticated for human consumption, about 9,000-10,000 years ago, they became the alternatives to plant foods. Plant foods were the foundation of the human diet for a long, long time - long before people started domesticating non-human animals.
Ridiculous. Human and other great apes are omnivores. Our ancestors probably started out as scavengers before they became tool-wielding hunters, but there was never a time in human history in which the apes that are in our lineage were pure plant eaters.
The amount of meat in their diets varied, to be sure. Modern aboriginal tribes vary from less than 10% of their calories being from meat to nearly 100% of their calories being from meat, as with Inuits. But all known human cultures are omnivores. No anthropologist or paleontologist worth taking seriously thinks that humans have ever been different than this.
Note that the one comment so far on her article makes also calls her on this specious argument.
As if that bit of fake science weren't enough, she makes a statement so outrageous that it's surprising the photons on the screen don't rebel.
With millions of dollars, the animal exploitation industries convinced people they need to consume the flesh and secretions of animals,
Has this women ever read a page of history? Animal flesh and "secretions" were prized in cultures all around the world throughout history. They were often reserved for the wealthy and powerful, but also were a source of rejoicing at feast days and festivals for the poor. No exploitation industries have ever been necessary to convince people to eat meat. Quite the contrary: it's those who refuse to eat meat who needed religions, cults, and secret societies to justify their oddity.
Here's another beauty:
Not only are we the only animal that drinks another animal’s milk, we are the only animal that drinks it into adulthood.
This utterly fatuous saying is a mantra among the worst vegan thinkers. It's true, but so is the fact that we are the only animal who cooks food. Heck, we are the only animal who cultivates plants, fertilizes them, alters their genetic structure by selective breeding, harvests them, transports them, and processes them into other products. Human are unique in every aspect of the way they treat food and every aspect of civilized life, for that matter. Any rational human would use this argument to support our difference and distinction from animals rather than as an argument that we should be more like them.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an embarrassment. An embarrassment to vegans, an embarrassment to thinkers, an embarrassment to the human race. It is completely possible to make the choice to avoid milk or all animal foods and still have an understanding of food, history, anthropology, genetics, and culture. Patrick-Goudreau fails at every level.
Vegans, please. Please repudiate those whose stunning ignorance make a mockery of your beliefs and customs. Please repudiate those who repeat fatuous talking points that are designed to stop all thought rather than stimulate it. Please repudiate those who feel they must attack and belittle others in order to feel better about the tenuousness of their own understanding of the world.
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is like a puppy who has soiled the rug long after she was supposedly paper-trained. Bad vegan. Bad, bad vegan.