Vegans Reveal The Limits They'd Go To Before Giving Up Veganism

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Most of us are accustom to getting all we need to eat at the grocery store or ordering out. What if you had to grow all of your own food? For meat eaters, this is obviously a daunting task, but for vegans it might be a bit more feasible. Even on a plant based diet, the struggle of growing all the food you need is still a questionable task.

ItsYaBoy-Moe asks:

Would you continue to be vegan if you had to grow every single vegetable you wanted to eat? Why or why not?

What do you say vegans?

Sounds like a balanced diet

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Living in an apartment all I'd be able to grow and eat is the mold in my bathroom.

You could live or you could die

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This has the exact same answers as the meat thread. So in conclusion:

A lot of people would starve if they had to produce their own food.

Living off of garlic wouldn't be so bad

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100% no. I grow garlic. Just garlic, every year... Garlic is hardy, easy to grow, and very little work.

I am only like 33% successful with getting enough to make the effort even remotely worth it.

No time no space

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I'm not vegan but I would love to grow my food by myself. The problem is I neither have the time or space to do so.

Some vegans are clueless

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Do I just have to kill the plant or prepare it also? Doritos are hard to find in the wild.

A green thumb is a must when supplying all of your plant based foods.

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No because I kill every plant I look at :( If I had a green thumb I'd be more than happy to, but I've killed aloe three times so it isn't in the cards for me.

Sometimes plants just don't reciprocate

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As a vegetarian, I eat a lot of tofu. Tofu isn't that hard to make. One year I grew soybeans in my garden! The plant grew and thrived, and I tended to it every day. It yielded exactly 2 pods of beans in it's lifetime.

Solid on the plants

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My husband and his buddy own a farm so in the summer, we pretty much do only eat what we grow

The odds are stacked against most of us

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As someone who works in the agricultural industry, I'm gonna answer for 99% of people say no. First, agriculture is a lot harder than most people think. It takes a lot of work and needs to be very precise to get right. Just messing one thing up a little bit and your whole crop can get messed up. That's not accounting for disasters like bugs, diseases, and storms. Second, unless you live in an area with beautiful weather year-round, your going to be severely limited what you can get ahold of. Good luck finding ANY fresh produce in Michigan in the winter. Third, you need GOOD land with access to water and equipment, all of which are expensive. Finally, you need a lot of time. This means working only part time or not at all and completely forgetting about any hobbies.

Shout out to tasting better and saving money!

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Absolutely. I'm already trying to be as self sufficient as possible. It saves me money and it tastes better.

Seasonal is an option and a good place to start

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In summer we do grow a large percentage of the veg we eat, we are not vegan or vegetarians, it's just satisfying and they taste much better than store bought.

If I had to become reliant on things I grew, yes I absolutely could do it.

Just trying to live the farming dream

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I'm not even vegan, but h* yeah, that's my dream! I'm like... unintentionally vegan, I don't like or selectively eat meat, but if it is the only option I'll eat it I guess.

Why not grow everything!?

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[Serious]

Yes. I love gardening. I would love to have my own land/greenhouse to grow crops.

Vegetarian -> Vegan ????

The tips and tricks will help make this happen for all the farmer dreamers

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Don't forget about the root cellar! potatoes, onion, squash. lots of stuff can be held for a good while if stored properly.

This is not for the meek of heart

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I would stop being vegan. I would get to attached.

If the tables were turned....

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I will say this as a carnivore. If I had to start raising animals and slaughtering them my self I would probably become a vegetarian pretty quick.

Maybe confidence is key here

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Yes, because I already grow most of my vegetables and it's really not that hard to do.

Another testimony of taste

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I used to have a garden, so yes. I'm not vegan but either way, I would still grow my own vegetables if I could. They taste fresher. Jalapenos taste different and strawberries taste different than in store.

Locations plays a big role in growing

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I would love to do this! It's a literal dream of mine to be self sufficient but, unfortunately, its more of a pipe dream due to my career aspirations needing me to be in a big city.

I think it would definitely change the way I eat though - and maybe I should use more of that knowledge to change the way I eat now...

This seems extreme

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I could never harm an innocent vegetable.

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