Why I'm Not a Vegan - Daniel Vitalis #94

Why aren’t I a Vegan? I get asked this question all the time, and in this solo episode I break down the core reasons why I think we need to reexamine the Vegan approach. I consider myself to be a conscious omnivore and promote a Four Kingdoms approach to diet (eating from the animal, plant, fungal and bacterial kingdoms). In my personal quest for the most natural diet, I was a vegan for about 10 years. In this show, I’ll tell you a bit about my experience as a vegan, why I started eating animal foods again and why long-term veganism is an experiment and maybe not an appropriate diet for a healthy, robust human ape. In the end, I give a strategy for those who still want to see the world go vegan, and explain how they could best achieve that!

Episode Breakdown:

  • The issue with “isms"
  • My personal search for the most natural diet
  • The two types of veganism
  • Chimps, bonobos & 3.6 million years of archaeology
  • The hand-raising experiment
  • Anthropomorphic cartoon animals and charismatic megafauna
  • Factory farmed animals
  • Nutrient deficiencies in vegan diets
  • Kids and veganism
  • Social isolation
  • Our hunting lineage
  • How a misanthropic world view takes humans out of the ecosystem
  • Conscious omnivory — the Four Kingdoms of Food
  • The vegan experiment

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