Does veganism kill children? No, neglectful parenting does

Whether it’s for religious, ethical or health reasons, it’s not easy being vegan. The diet excludes some obvious things like cheese, milk and eggs. But other food products are derived from animals in more subtle ways. Wine, for example, is often filtered through fining agents which are made from animal products including blood and bone marrow, or fish gelatin. In the United States cane sugar is filtered through activated carbon sourced from animal bones.

The media makes it harder still, with a story that surfaces every six months or so. Taken at face value, it suggests that a vegan diet can be dangerous (or even fatal) for children. Here are a few recent examples:

Vegan Italian parents investigated for neglect after baby son found severely malnourished 

Is veganism child abuse? 

French vegan couple whose baby died of vitamin deficiency after being fed solely on breast milk face jail for child neglect

Vegan couple sentenced to life over baby’s death 

The stories are shocking, especially at a glance. From the most recent example, in Italy:

‘Doctors said the baby was severely malnourished and showed signs of deficiency in vitamin B12, which is found in foods including fish, meat, eggs and milk.’

But scratching below the surface reveals that it isn’t a vegan diet which kills children, it’s neglectful parenting. Further down in the article it is revealed that by the age of six months the child was fed exclusively on breastmilk. It’s the same story in the case of the French couple, whose child sadly died as a result. Their daughter was only given breastmilk until she was almost a year old.

The couple from Atlanta who were sentenced to life in prison over their baby’s death fed him ‘a diet largely consisting of soy milk and apple juice.’ That’s probably enough to kill anyone; a six-week-old child didn’t stand a chance.

The story from Salon relates to a mother who refused to admit her child to hospital or take medicine offered to her ‘on the grounds that it contained ingredients that came from animals.’ Any sensible vegan will agree that is taking it too far.

These people are all vegans, yes, but they are also criminally stupid. There are probably valid criticisms of the vegan diet – not least Al Gore’s conversion to it – but none of them justify this sort of sloppy reporting.


  • Сорокин

    Veganism harms environment, it has been proven actually, see “Energy use, blue water footprint, and greenhouse gas emissions for current food consumption patterns and dietary recommendations in the US’ and there have been other researches as well. Of course vegans don’t care about that, because they are hypocritical entitled smug douches, not to mention absence of certain foods in their diet makes their not so large brain shrink even more.

  • What are the reasons to criticize veganism, I wonder – a diet that seeks to lessen the harm humans cause to other sentient beings and which is proven to be greener: I wonder what can be bad about it. Except that some people that call themselves vegan are, but look at politics, arts and religion – they are all full of bad people, too.

    • Shinku

      Emotional appeal. I don’t care what my food feels. It is still food. I do not care what micro organisms feel either and nor do plants. You are a walking bag of meat. so take that to heart.

      • At 47 I have had plenty of time to realize that people tend to be selfish. This is the problem with our species, which will lead us to extinction. And no, I am not a walking bag of meat, I am a walking bag of FLESH. I do have a heart, now the question is: do you?

        • Shinku

          Selfishness is what allows species to survive extinction. Selflessness is a HUMAN feature. Even a WORM has a heart. but my heart is designed to pump blood. In the end your FLESH will return to dust just as everything around you crumbles to DUST. And your attempt at self-gratification aka Selflessness will be forgotten. Sorry Apasolini it’s still food. You might as well empathize with cyanobacteria.

          • TucsonJim

            Might is right is rule #1 in nature – there’s even African frogs that eat their own children. In truth, there are no valid ethical reasons to be a vegan. For over a hundred thousand years, humans ate mostly red meat. For millions of years it’s pretty much all that neanderthals, denisovans, and another dozen other humanoids ate. Prove me wrong. The effort will easily show you how mistaken you are… IF you are comfortable with learning. There were no vegetables – just a half dozen eatable plants like ferns and cattails. Not very appetizing. Try naming a plant source for B12. There isn’t one. “The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics warns of the risk of vitamin B12 deficiencies in vegetarians and vegans. Vitamin B12 is found naturally ONLY in animal products.” This is because you’re designed to eat red meat. Some believe only people have souls and inalienable rights, others see animals that way, still others include plants, and finally many see the earth itself as being alive and conscious. It doesn’t matter, when predators fail to do their jobs (scare animals and kill them), the entire system suffers. When they killed all the wolves in Yellowstone Park, all of nature (plants and animals) suffered and rivers changed course (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q). ALL grocery foods have been genetically modified, such as rice, wheat, and corn from uneatable grasses. The bottom line is feeding a vegan diet to your dog (or child) is abuse. Eating that way yourself is a symptom of self-loathing (and a call for help).

            “Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training,” Dr. Anna Freud… this is even true for the mental disorder known as veganism.

            Vegan diets are lower in protein than standard American diets. However, that’s not the biggest problem. And, anyone who disagrees should tell us how they came to know better than the experts. Besides normally being low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, and zinc, a vegan diet is dangerously low in B12 (especially dangerous if you’re pregnant – vegan is fetus abuse). Studies show people who eat a strictly plant-based diet often suffer from subclinical protein malnutrition, meaning one is likely not getting enough sulfur. By eliminating all animal foods a person runs the risk of a number of other deficiencies, as many cannot be obtained from any plant sources. ALL vegans MUST take artificial man-made supplements for B12, creatine, carnosine, D (plants contain D2 but alone it’s not digestible), omega-3 DHA, heme-iron, taurine, sulfur, as well as many others (such as iodine). Well, that’s what they say at vegansociety.com. But, there’s no logic in believing any vegan as such dietary deficiencies are likely causing cognitive problems, right? Just joking. But, Dr. Price found a link between a diet low in animal foods (thus low in fat-soluble vitamins) and tooth decay. Your digestion weakens and fewer nutrients (especially from nuts) are able to be absorbed in your body without animal protein (most true for a high soy diet), sperm count is reduced, and your energy is reduced. Due to the body’s incredible adaptability, the decline of health due to a vegan diet is often slow and gradual. Doing that to yourself or another is unethical behavior (worst when done to children without any say – calling CPS seems reasonable).

            Dr. Ray Peat, “One thing that happens in the vegetable diet, heavily based on the cabbage family, or beans, lentils and nuts, these proteins, in quality, rank about 15 times lower than the highest quality protein. And so even though a person might think they’re eating nothing but protein rich foods, beans, and nuts, their quality is so low their liver can’t respond to the thyroid. Protein deficiency itself contributes to the harm done by toxins, since the liver’s ability to detoxify them depends on adequate nutrition, especially good protein.”

            “Studies show vegan breast milk lacks enough docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, the omega-3 fat found in fatty fish. DHA is vital for eye and brain development. A vegan diet is equally dangerous for weaned babies and toddlers, who need plenty of protein and calcium.”

            https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/21/opinion/21planck.html

  • shelley_ashfield

    PETA proselytizes young people who are precisely the age when they wish for more independence, yet have not reached the age of responsibility. Adults can do what they wish with their bodies. Adults who encourage malnutrition in minors are another matter altogether. If you are a vegan, and have not actively parented a teenager, do NOT hand out pamphlets. Do NOT tell stories about how evil their unenlightened parents are.