WHEN Crown Shakur died of starvation, he was 6 weeks old and weighed 3.5 pounds. His vegan parents, who fed him mainly soy milk and apple juice, were convicted in Atlanta recently of murder, involuntary manslaughter and cruelty.One of the big reasons poverty is so difficult to overcome in devoping countries is simple - proper nutrition early in a child's life requires animal protein, which is expensive relative to the starchy staples of all societies. Without it children are malnourished and do not develop to their full potential. This is why it is dangerous when eco-fundamentalist zealots try to force on developing countries their moral viewpoint that eating animals is wrong and a waste of resources. Children are malnourished and die because of this kind of activism.
I was once a vegan. But well before I became pregnant, I concluded that a vegan pregnancy was irresponsible. You cannot create and nourish a robust baby merely on foods from plants.
Indigenous cuisines offer clues about what humans, naturally omnivorous, need to survive, reproduce and grow: traditional vegetarian diets, as in India, invariably include dairy and eggs for complete protein, essential fats and vitamins. There are no vegan societies for a simple reason: a vegan diet is not adequate in the long run.
Never mind. Go back to what you were doing.