I really need to read all previous posts, but I am Veg friendly Omni... I am exploring various non meat protein substitutes or options and non dairy. I would probably never be 100 Vegan. Here is what I am doing and why... I raise my own chickens who are really just my spoiled pets that happen to produce supper yummy eggs, so naturally I am going to eat those fresh eggs. My birds are healthy not having issues laying or in danger from laying. I am exploring non dairy options as I seem to have a negative reaction to cows milk. My husband has been going through chemo and some dairy he can no longer digest mainly cheeses made from cows milk, but also his body has problems with certain grains and veggies too... so the just go Veg something is not going to work for him. We do believe some grain issues are pesticide related as he was out of country and could eat certain grains in those countries that have banned certain pesticides and back here sick again on same grains, so I think there is something wrong in our food production in USA. He does a lot of the shopping while I work and he is only on board so much for no meat protein adventures, but if he discovers he likes a weird thing I brought home he will buy more of it... so that’s good. But really it is about finding foods he won’t be throwing up latter... seriously cancer sucks, the treatments suck.
As to meat production I agree modern meat production is messed up, so is most modern dairy... very few cows or goats get to graze they are all crammed into small spaces, so sad. I also know fresh beef and fresh chicken (properly raised) taste totally different than what we get in the stores, so does freshly caught fish versus the old fish in stores. People have no clue what fresh food tastes like anymore. I personally am finding my taste is changing on what I like and dislike, I really have been asking do I enjoy the taste of X or Y thing versus am I just used to eating this. Or how do I feel after eating or drinking something. Some things I have retried that I loved in the past I doubt I will ever buy again or eat again, just tastes nasty now or makes me feel bad.
So not so much save critters or the planet as much as just finding food everyone can eat in my house is the quest.
On the shocking side of this I discovered I have coworkers with meat allergies and they know less about veggies than me and won’t try new veggies... no joke. They are basically living on a Carb diet. Pot luck I made a Vegan friendly dish but the non meat eaters didn’t know what Spaghetti Squash was (that included Vegetarians for ethical reasons) so would not try it... how this is even possible baffles me. After people found out it was Squash despite the sign that said Squash they tried it... sigh. I brought a Jello Ring last pot luck, as this food phobia thing half of my coworkers seem to have got is exhausting. If I bring a new meat based food never an issue, but bring fruits of veggies they don’t know and forget it. My eggs were too yellow one time versus store bought low nutrition pale yellow eggs... even after several people who know about farming practices explained my birds are on a better diet a lot would not try the bright scrambled eggs. The few who did kept telling everyone best eggs ever, but nope mine are wrong color so must be bad. Amazing how fearful people are of new foods or fresh food.
Peace folks and happy holidays.