Veganism: Its Impact on the Health and Culture of Minorities
By Lakisha Bostick
Editor’s note: The following is a multimedia graduate capstone project. All Hofstra Herbert School of Communication graduate students must complete such a project.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, vegan is defined as “a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals. also : one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather).”
Veganism, according to healthline.com, is currently defined “as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it from food, clothing, or any other purpose.”
The term “vegan” was coined back in 1944 by a British man named Donald Watson. Let’s take a closer look at what it means to go vegan.
The number of African-Americans going vegan continues to grow, as many claim the lifestyle change is improving their health.
Plant-based soul food is changing the face of traditional soul food ingredients in minority communities.
Health — “Before going Vegan I had a resting headache for 1 year and 7 months. After 10 days of going vegan my headache went away! I started feeling better everyday after that.”
Tabitha Brown, Vegan Influencer & Actress
Culture — “Having culturally appropriate plant-based recipes has allowed Black folks to feel a little more comfortable, even when just experimenting.” (with vegan food and recipes)
Bryant Terry, Chef, Activist & Author