What is A Vegan? What is Veganic?
Lately we’ve been hearing more and more consumers asking these kinds of questions. It’s a very good sign, because it suggests that diet, nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are becoming central concerns for many people, even as they are confronted on all sides by loudly marketed high calorie processed foods.
All vegans, all vegetarians and all who prefer to buy veganic products are pursuing the same goal: a diet that is healthy for the body and the planet.
Veganic is especially important for several key groups: mothers with young children, those who have been told by a doctor to fundamentally change their diet, and people who are committed vegans and seek the highest standards of nutrition, diet and safety from food that is cultivated with conscience. But the appeal of veganic food is far broader, including anyone who values good food grown safely.
What Makes Veganic Food Qualitatively Different From Organic Products?
Like veganic, organic crops are grown without the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides or manmade fertilizers. They are not genetically modiﬁed in any way, nor subjected to radiation or chemical processing. Artificial compounds are not added to organic food items. Organic is the way mankind was always accustomed to farming, until comparatively recently.
Yet although organic crops are grown without the use of chemicals, an organic certification does allow farmers to use animal waste, including blood meal and bone meal, to fertilize fields. Some organic farms purchase these animal by-products from slaughterhouses and other non-organic sources. The animals have been given antibiotics and hormones throughout their lives, and exposed to pesticides and other chemicals.
Veganic farms use only plant-based fertilizers, together with smart growing techniques such as alternating crops over time to build nutrients in the soil. Veganic is a step beyond organic — a step toward greater purity, greater health benefits and a safer food supply.