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Mar 15 2022


7:00 pm

Veganism and Evolution

« We are very pleased to announce that we will have scholar, author, and editor Professor Gregory F. Tague speaking in our next #EarthsaveSpeakerSeries event.

Veganism in some forms can be traced back to Biblical times (e.g., the book of Daniel in the Old Testament) and is alive in, for instance, an ancient Indian religion like Jainism. Vegans avoid harming or eating animals or exploiting animals for their skin, fur, or bodies. Other than for religious reasons, vegans are motivated by diet or health, ethical concerns, psychosocial responses to celebrities or fads, or identity politics in the form of activism.

Most corporations and many people see no profit in ethics, so the weight in this argument for ethical veganism falls on establishing the resilience and sustainability of human and environmental health. Issues include uneven food consumption, collective implications of animal farming, and personal gain over community ecology. Corporations and entrepreneurs are capitalizing from a plant-based trend, but often their actions are not fostering the conservation but the exploitation of resources.

Minds, eyes, voices, and hands should be on how a vegan economy across industrial nations can prevent poor health and mitigate climate change. Certainly, ethics are constituents of sustainability goals, as the United Nations is well aware. For developing countries where food instability is a concern, wealthy nations could help them adapt to veganism in the wake of global warming without relinquishing cultural beliefs or practices.

Technology and laws are not primary solutions for achieving a healthy environment. Recycling is not of itself a final solution. Energy loss and food waste, especially from animal agriculture, must be eradicated. This is an argument demonstrating how in our ancestral hominin lineage we were plant and fruit eaters, just like our living relatives, the great apes.

Biologically, we can survive on a plant-based diet. More so, with the mechanism of cultural evolution, the arts as much as the natural and social sciences can educate young people about the benefits of a vegan culture to generate advantageous shifts in attitudes about physical, environmental, and animal well-being.

*** Dr. Tague is a Professor in the departments of Literature, Writing and Publishing / Interdisciplinary Studies and founder and senior developer of The Evolutionary Studies Collaborative at St. Francis College, N.Y. He is also the founder and organizer of a number of Darwin-inspired Moral Sense Colloquia and other multidisciplinary events. Books include: The Vegan Evolution: Transforming Diets and Agriculture (forthcoming 2022); An Ape Ethic and the Question of Personhood (2020); Art and Adaptability: Consciousness and Cognitive Culture (2018); Evolution and Human Culture (2016); and Making Mind: Moral Sense and Consciousness (2014).

In book series or journals, Tague’s published work in evolutionary studies spans disciplines across literature, philosophy, law, science, and paleoanthropology. Professor Tague has also written or edited nine other academic books or literary anthologies, including Character and Consciousness (2005), Origins of English Dramatic Modernism (2010), and Puzzles of Faith and Patterns of Doubt (2013). He is the founding editor of the peer-reviewed ASEBL Journal, now website (ethics/arts/evolution), and is general editor of the Bibliotekos literary site and Literary Veganism: An Online Journal. ***

The event will be livestreamed over Earthsave Canada’s main Facebook page. »

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