While I'm vegetarian, I'd like to note though that I didn't become one purely for health reasons. However, being paranoid about my health (I guess you could say I am somewhat a self-diagnosing hypochondriac), I like the idea that being vegetarian means that, more often than not, I get to eat healthier options than most people. (Yes, I indulge in the occasional vegan chocolate chip cookie or cupcake, and would have episodes when I would walk, zombie-like, to the nearest grocery just so I can have a pint of So Delicious's coconut milk ice cream.)
My health obsession grew when my grandma from my dad's side suffered a major stroke and was bedridden for two years. While it does not need to be said that a quadriplegic life is immensely difficult, I have to highlight that those were very agonizing times--not just for my grandmother, but to us, her immediate family, as well.
It was then when I started to appreciate being able to move freely, without needing assistance.
It was also then when I convinced myself that I needed to get my ass off the couch more often.
This year, China consumed 77.9 million tons of meat. Twice the number as that of the United States’, China’s appetite for beef, pork, mutton, goat, and chicken has been climbing tremendously over the past 30 years, spurred by phenomenal economic growth.
During the first quarter of 2013, the Philippines experienced 7.8% gross domestic product (GDP) growth, claiming for the country the top spot among its East and Southeast Asian neighbors: China came a close second, at 7.7%, while Indonesia took the third spot, at 6%.
Meat consumption in the Philippines has been steadily on the rise as well: in 2008, an average Filipino consumed 58 grams of meat products daily – 152% higher than in 1978. And with the country developing faster today, it may seem inevitable that the Filipino population will begin consuming more meat.
Except the collective efforts of passionate Filipino vegans like Marie, Jason, and Nancy could steer the country from becoming another China.
Read more: How to be Vegan in the Philippines: Three Filipino Vegans Tell Their Story
HELLO, MY NAME IS EVAN TAN.
I'm a writer and communications professional based in Manila, Philippines. Outside of my regular job, I like to travel, work out, volunteer, watch movies and plays, go to art galleries/ fairs and museums, read books, and eat vegetarian food.
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