Plant-Based is far less than Plant-Only. Every time I hear the term “Plant-Based diet“ I think of how ridiculous it seems.
First of all, it is a diet (the problem with a diet is it begins with the word Die!). Therefore, I looked the word up, and found this…
a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons. "I'm going on a diet to lose weight."
Diet used to mean “a way of eating” or “a way of living.” Its root word, in Greek, still means this today.
Nonetheless, today a diet, to the common man, means a short term way of eating to achieve a certain desired result.
A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective. In our case the objective is Plant-Only.
1. a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something. “the UN peace plan” ~or~ “a plant-only plan is a healthy, beneficial, and non-violent way of eating, based on true kindness.”
2. an intention or decision about what one is going to do. “I have no plans to retire” ~or~ “my plant-only plan is to eat in such a way as to make me healthy, to protect the Earth, and to do no harm to any other sentient being.”
Plant-Only consumption. Not only in food, but including what we consume in our personal lives. Plant-Only living is as much about not consuming products made from the exploitation of other sentient beings (human or non-human), as it is about a healthy eating plan. The products we reject may include things like wool, leather, fur, or items made from slave labor in so called “sweat shops.”
The plant-based diet is very far removed from the Plant-Only Plan that a VeKind follows. Here are some quotes of what a Plant-Based Diet really is…
Wikipedia – A plant-based diet is a diet of any animal (including humans) based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.
Obviously, a plant-based diet is NOT Plant-Only if it may include any animal products at all. This contradicts with what certain people say. It should be noted that “few animal products” may mean something like 30% – as does the USDA term “Low Fat”, which also means 30% or less.
Wikipedia – Many people who live on a plant-based diet are thought to do so out of economic necessity. As of 1999 it was estimated that “an estimated 4 billion people live primarily (not totally) on a plant-based diet”, and that “shortage of cropland, freshwater, and energy resources requires that most of the 4 billion people live primarily on a plant-based diet”.
The Plant-Only Plan is about seeking health and kindness, not “economic necessity” nor a “shortage” of any kind. The “economic necessity” is actually caused by people eating a “plant-based diet” (with allowed animal products).
Wikipedia – Historically, examples can be found of the phrase “plant-based diet” being used to refer to diets with varying amounts of animal-based foods, from none at all, to amounts of any kind of meat, so long as the primary focus is on plant-based foods (semi-vegetarian).
Historically, “Vegan” was coined within the Vegetarian Society to mean the diet of a “Non-Dairy Vegetarian.” The idea that the word Vegan means any more than a “non-dairy vegetarian diet” cannot be supported by history. A newer organization, for example, The Vegan Society of the UK, has no real authority to change the original definition. “Vegan” currently has about twenty official definitions of what it may mean to different people. Often the meaning of Vegan contradicts or conflicts with other Vegan meanings.
Before you say I am nitpicking, consider a couple things I have heard in regular restaurants, spoken by other diners (people who were total strangers to me).
“I’m a vegetarian, so I’ll just get the fish.” A Pescatarian eats fish and seafood. Some also eat crawdads and shrimp, even though they are actually crustaceans. Historically, Pescatarians have called themselves “Pesco-Vegetarians”, therefore the “Vegetarian” dinner, who ordered the fish for dinner, may have been correct, at least in her own mind! Try Goggling “Pesco-Vegan” and you may be surprised how many people use that term.
“I’m vegan, so skip the bacon, but please give me some ranch dressing on the side.” This intrigued me wondering if this Vegan knew something about this restaurant’s Ranch dressing that I did not know? Could it be Plant-Only? I politely told the waiter I have some dietary concerns and asked if I may inspect the ingredient list of the Ranch dressing. His reply was that more and more people are being more careful with what they consume. a minute later he handed me a bottle of their dressing to inspect. Their ranch dressing contained Eggs, Honey and Palm Oil. However, based on the first definition of Vegan made at the UK Vegetarian Society, which cannot be revoked by anyone, Vegan (the Diet or a person following the diet) is a “Non-Dairy Vegetarian!” A Vegetarian does not kill to eat (does not eat flesh), therefore a Vegan (non-dairy Vegetarian) would not eat flesh, nor consume dairy. Based on the minimum (original) definition of Vegan, that Vegan dinner could enjoy her Ranch dressing containing Eggs, Honey and Palm Oil!
The Fish dinner and the Ranch dressing with Eggs are both Plant-Based. Neither are Plant-Only. In the Nineteenth century arose the popular idea of eating without killing, Vegetarianism, but cruelty, suffering and death abounded. The Twentieth century movement was the “Non-Dairy Vegetarians,” later renamed Vegan, but cruelty, suffering and death abounded. Many Vegetarians refused to see the value in Veganism and remained Vegetarian. A “Plant-Based” Paleo Diet does not prevent anyone from killing and eating as much meat as they want. Plant-Based is not Plant-Only. Plant-Only is both Plant-Only and Whole Foods, because we also care about the human-animal.
The Future is about Being VeKind (there is NO VeKindism!) The Twenty-First century and beyond is about saving All Sentient Beings – saving our home, the Earth.
Other terms, like Dietary Vegan, Environmental Vegan, Health (or Health Based) Vegan and Ethical Vegan confuse the matter even more. What about Paleo Vegan and Pesco-Vegan. ALL of these are Plant-Based Diets.
Plant-Based Diets also include Pescetarians, Vegetarians (any type), Pollotarians, Semi-vegetarian, Flexitarians, Reducetarians, and Primal!.
Sadly, even the gold standard of unhealthy diets, the Standard American Diet, may be considered a plant-based diet, or even vegan, if it is made up of vegan Oreo Cookies, soft drinks, and animal free potato chips!