Henry A. Kissinger once said: “Who controls the food supply, controls the people.”
Our factory farming industrial complex in America has systematically oppressed the health and well-being of people, planet, and animals. As with most social and environmental ills, the frontlines most effected are the urban, poorer communities of color. We find that not only are African Americans twice as likely to have diabetes as non-Hispanic whites, but also it is African Americans, Hispanics, and immigrant workers who make up the majority of the more than 500,000 people who work in slaughterhouses and meat-processing facilities. Raised levels of aggression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and domestic violence are a natural consequence of daily exposure to the violence of killing animals on mass in these facilities.
Breaking the chains of racism and systemic oppression…
The Sistah Vegan movement is dedicated to “decolonizing” their bodies from the systemic oppression that has left the African American community vulnerable to mass levels of diabetes, overweight, heart disease, and other health issues. Black Vegans Rock and Hip Hop Vegan Movement are also both at the forefront of uplifting the African American vegan movement for food justice, social justice, and human and animal liberation.
Breaking the chains of sexism and domestic violence…
Carol Adams in her book, “The Sexual Politics of Meat,” describes how through the objectification of women in advertising for the meat industry (use of “breast,” “thigh,” “rump,” etc.) that culturally speaking women have been reduced to pieces of meat meant for consumption and then discarded.
Even more troubling is the stark correlation between the violence that slaughterhouse workers enact against animals day after day and the levels of domestic violence they take home with them. Studies have shown that slaughterhouse workers’ aggression levels were “so high they’re similar to the scores for incarcerated populations.” CLICK HERE to read more. Food Empowerment Project has done an excellent job capturing the profile of the slaughterhouse worker in America, CLICK HERE to read more about the issues they face.
In America, we have systematized violence in such a way that it has had a profound impact: oppressing the health and well-being of people, plant, and animals. The vegan way of life takes into consideration the broader implications of the “where,” “who,” and “how” behind our food source. And when we consider our everyday thoughts, actions, and choices through the lens of nonviolence (and the vegan way of life) we take back our power to transform our world into a healthier, happier place for #AllGodsChildren #AllGodsCreatures.
We’re 10 days in on this #VTheChange journey together! Tomorrow we will celebrate and wrap up this 11 Days to #VTheChange commitment with a special invitation to take the next steps in going #VeganForLife. We will share the broader vision for #VTheChange and how we can move forward together as we continue to “Be the change we wish to see in the world.”
Missy Crutchfield Melissa Turner
Editor-in-Chief Executive Editor