Veganism is the trendy new diet that fills Australia.
But those who opt for a plant-based diet may be surprised to hear that their lifestyles still lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of animals every year.
Tasmanian Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans said that many people do not understand what is involved in producing crops and that many animals are only part of the additional damage in modern agriculture.
Pea cultivation is just one example of animals being killed to protect crops and grow, Evans explains The Weekend Australian Magazine.
Tasmanian Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans (left) said that many people do not understand what is involved in producing crops
Pea cultivation is an example where animals are killed to protect and grow vegetables (stock image)
Collydean farm (not its real name) is a 2,700-hectare farm in northern Tasmania producing around 400 tons of peas per season.
Although there are fences from wildlife to protect the crops, farmers also have licenses to shoot animals that pass through the fences.
Mr. Evans said that while he was there, they were allowed to kill at least 150 deer and kill 800-1,000 opossums and 500 wallaby's and ducks annually.
& # 39; Every year more than 1,500 animals die to breed around 75 hectares of peas for our freezers. Those aren't 1,500 rodents who die, and some might see as additional damage, & Mr. 39 wrote.
& # 39; Those are usually warm-blooded animals of the cute kind, with some birds thrown in. & # 39;
Mr. Evans said that the owners of the farm have convinced him that it is not financially feasible to grow peas without controlling pests.
Mr. Evans said that while he was there, they were allowed to kill at least 150 deer, and annually kill 800-1,000 opossums and 500 wallaby's, as well as ducks
Producing one kilo of protein from wheat, an ordinary crop in Australia, kills around 25 times more creatures than producing one kilogram of beef protein.
Mike Archer, a scientific professor at the University of NSW, Mike Archer, explains that monocultures, mouse pests and modern farming systems kill thousands of small animals into product wheat.
Although most of them are rodents, Mr. Evans wondered why not all & # 39; warm-blooded life & # 39; is not honored in the vegan world.
In the five years prior to 2013, rice farmers in New South Wales killed nearly 200,000 native ducks to protect their fields.
& # 39; That is how agriculture works. Other things are influenced to make something grow. Sometimes it's an animal, sometimes it's a lot of animals, & Mr. 39 wrote.
Mr. Evans also admitted that on his own site, Fat Pig Farm, up to 5,000 moths, snails and snails are killed to protect the gardens.
While many vegans do not eat honey because it uses the honeybee, Mr Evans explains that honey bees are the best pollinators for producing fruit (stock image)
In the five years prior to 2013, rice farms in New South Wales killed nearly 200,000 native ducks to protect their fields (stock image of rice fields)
Insects are often the most killed animal because of plant production, with the most exploited being the European honey bee.
Although many vegans do not eat honey because it uses the honeybee, Mr. Evans explains that honey bees are the best pollinators for producing fruit.
Mr. Evans explains that everyone eats about 0.5-1 kg of flies, maggots and other insects per year, hidden in chocolate, grains and peanut butter.
Although there are fences from wildlife to protect the crops, farmers also have licenses to shoot animals that come through the fences
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