My introduction to vegan parent interview series in September/October 2016 issue of Vegan Health & Fitness magazine.
Interview Series: Vegan Pregnancy & Parenting
There are many keys that turn on people’s awareness and open their minds to veganism. Sometimes the keys are human- a person handing you a leaflet, sharing a video with you or telling you a story. Sometimes the keys are experiences with other species such as an animal companion we had in our youth or a farm animal. Sometimes the keys are experiences – such as engagement with activism, spiritual realizations or health issues.
Motherhood opened my eyes to the experiences of fellow animals who, like me, also want to nuzzle, feed and protect their young. I turned to veganism for the animals. I turned to veganism because of a desire and sense of duty to participate in this movement of justice and because I could no longer contribute to the systematic abuse of animals for consumption and products. But as the initial weeks began to pass, even more reasons to be vegan unfolded, particularly falling in love with plant based cooking and cuisine.
My view of veganism is as a movement of justice, but also a philosophy and way of living, a response to modern conditions. Younger generations are growing up with more exposure to veganism than any generation we’ve known. More women are choosing to be vegan through their pregnancies and more vegan parents are navigating the issues that can arise with raising their children in what are still very non vegan societies in terms of mainstream practices, consumption and beliefs.
A fundamental part of the vegan movement, in my perspective, is showing that being vegan through pregnancy and from birth as well as through other phases of life is not only possible but also beneficial- for humans, other species and the environment at large.
This interview series is about sharing stories of vegan mothers and fathers, many of whom also incorporate values of veganism in their work. Many of the people interviewed for this series work in fields where such values are cornerstones. They work with animal rights and advocacy and at farm sanctuaries. They work within the plant based food industry and for vegan and cruelty free cosmetics brands. They work as plant based nutritionists and fitness specialists or as vegan designers and vegan clothing shop owners. They work within media as vegan bloggers, photographers and journalists and as authors of vegan related publications.
Through these interviews I am excited to explore issues related to vegan pregnancy and parenting as well as to share and celebrate aspects of how these individuals incorporate veganism and related values into their lives. The interviews are meant to offer glimpses into the lives of individuals in the vegan community across the globe as well as serve as compelling inspiration for the work they do.
This introduction is part of an ongoing interview series by Annika Lundkvist with vegan mothers and fathers around the globe. For more interviews and information please visit this page: Interview Series: Vegan Pregnancy, Parenting & Kids.