Vegans abstain from consuming any kind of animal product or byproduct. They draw an interesting concept, as they believe their food isn’t just an eating habit, but a way of life. Raw foodists are somewhat extreme in eating anything that is not cooked above 118 °F, meat included (which is pretty unhealthy if you ask me).
Raw veganism is a diet that combines the concepts of veganism and raw foodism. It excludes all food and products of animal origin, as well as food cooked at a temperature above 48 °C (118 °F). The idea is to eat a plant-based diet that is alive and good for you, but good for the earth as well. While this sounds like the typical hippie mumbo jumbo, I thought they had a pretty interesting theory of how energy efficiency human consumption connected.
Talking to my lovely boho-friends, they claim that raw veganism consists of eating only an UNCOOKED, UNHEATED, UNPROCESSED and ORGANIC plant based diet (which logically makes sense to protect your health). They say to feel alive you must eat live food that the Earth already offers along.They also believe that a dead animal is pretty harsh on the human body. Of course, my own personal view diverges from this.
By eating raw and vegan, the belief is that there will be a lower animal consumption and production which indirectly makes a less impact on the environment. Less cooking means less energy will be used. Less animal farming means less hormonal and steroid meat into our diet along with a cleaner ecosystem. The raising of animals and production of products from them contribute to most of the food systems’ carbon dioxide emissions. By eliminating animal flesh and products from everyone’s diet, the end result is a major cut to the human carbon footprint. While the ideology is pretty interesting, keep in mind that there has been huge concerns over the diet itself and research is still ongoing.
There are many organizations teaching about the effects factory farming has on the planet and showing the world what is going on with our over-consumption and mass production of products.