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As I start digging deeper into our food systems and food injustices that working folks face, the above becomes more and more true.
Vegans, particularly yt vegans, love to say it’s not. But let’s be clear, that for many people of color, it is. A study found that Black folks have to travel 1.15 miles more on average to get to a grocery store than white folks do.
Couple that with high rates of fast food chains in POC communities (food swamps) and you have the injustice of food inequity when it comes to just physically accessing fruits and vegetables, which are main sources of nutrients for vegans.
Now let’s talk about time. Busyness is a huge factor in being able to be vegan. Many folks work more than one job, and sometimes more than 2! To make veganism not so expensive, you have to prep and make a lot of your food. For some people, this is not doable. I have this privilege. I have the time to buy and cook fresh veggies, make my beans from dry beans (which are much cheaper than canned and have way less salt), and prep my fruits to be eaten while at school. Having lots of time, just like having lots of money, is a privilege.
BUT veganism, or just access to more fruits and veggies, doesn’t HAVE to be a privilege. It can be available to everyone, if there was the will to do it.
Firstly, we have to admit that it’s a privilege.
Recognizing that not everyone is able to make the change is needed. Because from there we can start trying to remove the barriers that people face. Whether it’s low access to fresh fruits, high access to non vegan fast food or one of the many other barriers, we can help remove those through policy and community engagement & action. If vegans were more active in changing oppressive systems for humans maybe we could get more people to make more vegan because they would have the access to it. Vegans need to do more for human animals to help nonhuman animals! Intersectionality matters in all social justice movements.