liz (dystopiate) wrote in freegans,

looking for advice

Hi. I was vegan for a long time, but then I spent a couple years not being vegan, because I was so depressed that I felt changing my diet would be pointless since the whole world is crashing and burning anyway. Well, it's not like I don't still believe that, but now I've decided that I'm going to at least be able to go to my grave saying that I did everything in my power to not be part of the problem. So now I'm freegan again. Freegan, not vegan. Anyway, I was wondering about something. I want to eat foods that are ecologically sound, and sustainable. But some of these vegan things I've been eating I wonder about. They're made of foods that aren't grown in my geographical area, and they're packaged and all that. So how am I supposed to feel about that? Am I forced to choose between the lesser of two evils? Or is there another way?

Here's another issue. I pay for my shit with food stamps. I don't work, and I don't intend to any time soon. I don't believe in contributing to capitalism like that. And that's more important to me than which industries I support. But I can't expect to dumpster dive a nutritionally sound diet. So when I buy foods with food stamps, that doesn't count, right? Well, the store inventory would still be affected, so I can't justify buying meat for my friends. But if I have to go out of my way to .... say, take an extra car or bus ride to the store to get a vegan meal for myself. Is that justified? I'm also against cars. So driving even just a few miles to the store adds unnecessary pollution. And it's just for my sake. I try to put all the car trips of the day together. So if say my mom was grocery shopping and bought a whole bunch of taco fixings but forgot beans, should I go out to buy them and burn extra petroleum? Or should I just eat them anyway? I'm not about to eat beef tacos. Even if I'd enjoy them, I don't think my body any long produces the enzymes to digest meat. But I care a lot about getting proper nutrition, and I don't want to completely lack a protein source. What would be the freegan solution to such a situation? My vegan friends tell me to just go to the store and buy the beans, but I think my mind is made up that that would be wrong as well.
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