Piggy backing off the previous post regarding the necessity of animal products - I am personally of the belief that high-quality–preferably wild–animal products are part of the optimal human diet for the vast majority of people, given that, as far as I understand, our species evolved as hunter-gatherers and relied on animal protein, fat, collagen, etc. as important sources of nutrient density.
I’m also someone of mostly European descent & pale skin…along with the vast majority of the thought-leaders kicking this worldview in the western world (Chris Kresser, Rob Wolff, Paul Saladino, Paul Chek and the list goes on and on and on).
Many of my friends of color (most of whom are in their 20s and 30s) who are generally into the principles of rewilding, unplugging from the matrix, living off-grid etc. reject the “paleo” worldview and are building community around the vegan lifestyle. There is a strong sentiment that for indigenous peoples, those of African descent and others to truly gain their sovereignty, it involves going vegan.
I’m finding it challenging to bridge this divide, as it feels extremely patronizing for me to harp on the trope that “this is what all our ancestors ate…er…based on the findings of western anthropology and evolutionary biology…just take my word for it…I read some Weston A. Price!”…so I’m generally not super vocal about my perspective on diet within that part of the tapestry of community. Partly, as I said, to avoid being patronizing, and partly because it sincerely doesn’t feel like there’s much space for bringing this perspective into a culture that’s placing veganism as one of its central tenets.
I’m wondering if anyone here has any insights on this, and how the rewilding movement can be more intersectional in this regard. I do feel that finding some common ground here to be of great significance as we look to create stronger coalitions toward greater societal rewilding going forward. Gratitude.