I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t blog about the vegan-on-a-deserted-island scenario that omnivores love to present to us as they pick apart our diet and our lifestyle. Calling us out, they ask: “If you were stranded on a deserted island, would you eventually kill and eat fish and other wildlife to survive?” They ask, with a meat-eater’s grin. “Wouldja? Huh? Well, wouldja?”
I’ve already prepared the best response: “Don’t be an idiot.”
And then I thought more about it. This classic deserted island scenario actually can be reversed. Vegans can take the entire situation, as ridiculous as it is, and throw it right back into their toothpick-needing face. What if they were stranded on a deserted island with no wildlife. Only plush vegetables and fruits. Coconuts and palm leaves and mangoes and berries. A scenario where they, as meat eaters and contributors to the ongoing torture and cruelty to animals, are left with no choice but to eat only fruits and vegetables to survive.
Eating plush plants that provide all the nutrients they need to sustain life. Vegetation and foliage rich in vitamins and minerals. Colorful foods that call out their name, as they sit down to eat the juicy centers. An island that only features plant life. Would these very same omnivores asking us this question, eat only plants to stay alive?
Would they do it? Well, wouldja?
Of course they would … so why do they eat animals now?