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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Have You Seen the film Vegucated? & Creating a Vegan School




Just now an idea came to me of creating a school that teaches one why one should and how to become a vegan. This school could be an online only school or both online and physical school. I got the idea for this school after watching the film, Vegucation, where three participants who follow an omnivore diet are asked to follow a vegan diet for 6 weeks. Along the way they are given a crash course in the vegan lifestyle and diet, and are shown how animals are harmed at slaughterhouses. At the end of the film most of the participants have vowed to keep all or part of their newly adopted vegan lifestyle. The film made me realize that many people may be open to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (more people than I thought previously) and what people really need in order to make lifestyle changes is someone to educate and lead them down this path. Also, making these changes will in a support group is really important to their success. The group reinforces the positive behavior and encourages the participants to continue. 

A vegan school could educate about what veganism means and what its benefits are, what is wrong with the standard American diet and the typical wasteful lifestyle. Also, there would be field trips to slaughterhouses, animal sanctuaries, and vegan doctors, as was shown in the film. The students would be shown what food stores to shop at and what foods to shop for, and how to prepare the vegan foods in tasty and satisfying ways at home. Classes would also be given on how to grow your own foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. Paramount to the curriculum would be instilling a sense of compassion for all living beings in the students since that is how we naturally are as humans.

Also, I realized that people adopting a vegan lifestyle is probably the most crucial thing we as humans can do to help our and the planet’s longterm survivability. In fact, the film makes a point of this by showing how consuming meat produces the most greenhouse gases, and changing to a vegan diet will take more CO2 out of the atmosphere than changing from a typical to a hybrid car. So, creating an easy to access vegan education system would really make big positive changes for the planet, fewer animals would be slaughtered, and obviously big health improvements for many people. A win win for all!

If you read this article and decide to start a vegan school, please feel free to give me credit for the idea. Thank you!

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Jonathan Delarama said...

It is a great idea of having a vegan school not only in your country but to the rest of the world. Good thing you have post this article, raw food definitely an organic food that is really good for the body.

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