Should VEGANS have CHILDREN?? ft. Mr and Mrs Vegan!

Should VEGANS have CHILDREN?? ft. Mr and Mrs Vegan!

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  • hector garza Reply

    Your kid is going to be vegan under your roof? Your going to choose animals over your kid? 🤣🤣🤣

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • frozenpixie Reply

    I don't like to write negative comments, but this video made me so angry. The vibe was very entitled and patronizing. There was a strong inference that it's fine to have kids–but only if you're rich. Not to mention the extremely skewed and problematic picture Mr. Vegan painted of environmental issues. And the Vegan View girls just sat there agreeing with him.

    To be clear, I don't want to deny anyone the right to have children. It is NEVER OK to attack someone for having kids. However, I think we do need to be mindful about bringing more people onto the planet. Exponential population growth is not a good thing and it does cause very real environmental issues. This was disappointingly biased and one-sided.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Lunar Lissa Reply

    Neisha always coming in with the snappy comments 🙏🏻😩😩 (sorry if I spelled it wrong)

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Nina Reply

    I'd just like to add that it takes years to get through an adoption and you may be older than you want to be when you finally get to adopt a child, it's not like adopting a dog or a cat. It's an incredibly invasive process as well, for good reason of course, and agencies have a lot of discretion. You may only have access to religious agencies in your state who can interview you on your timeline, and they may not approve if you are single or part of a queer couple, and may reject vegans as well. So don't discourage people from bringing more good people into the world just because there are those who aren't being brought up in good homes by a fallible system.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Lyn Thalle Reply

    I definitely think we should de-stigmatise adoption (it shouldn't be regarded only as a last option for those you can't become pregnant!!) but let's be real, I don't think people who genuinely want to raise children are the reason for why there's so many home- and family-less children. It's the lack of sex education and the demonisation of abortion even when it's legal. We live in a community where you're weird if you don't want children at all, a murderer if you want to abort an unwanted cell blob, and a monster if you feel forced to birth a child but then can't be as good of a mother. I definitely think we need to work on allowing women the decision NOT to be mothers, but the solution is not to ban childbirth overall.

    And tbh the entire idea of "well you're kid could be a MEATEATER!!" is such a BS rhetoric. So could your partner, your husband, your wife! Does that mean you shouldn't ever enter any kind of relationships? Laughable.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Bren Reply

    If people want to have a couple kids to replace themselves on this earth then fine, go ahead and do that for yourself. Just don't pretend it's not a selfish decision, or that you're doing something noble for society by breeding. Know that it's a selfish decision and own that. It's okay to do something selfish for yourself, I'm not going to judge you for that. But people who act like it's their duty to bring more life into the world or like they're doing something noble or great by spawning, that's pretty conceited, actually. These parents that think they should get awards for popping out kids or deserve something for it, or say it's their purpose on this earth to spread their genes… just no. If I get a dog, even if I do rescue, it's because I want a pet, I want the love of a dog in my life. It's a selfish decision, and let's not pretend it's not. In the same way, if you decide to have a kid, you aren't doing it for the betterment of society, you're doing it because you want a kid. That's all I'm saying.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Kaisei Inoue Reply

    Having children is immoral.
    ・It is not a personal choice. It is the complete opposite. Parents "force" children to enter into the world.
    ・You do not know whether your child is going to have a good life or not. There is a number of possibilities that child might suffer from both physical and mental illnesses. If your child suffered, that would be your fault. And how can you be absolutely sure that your child is never going to consume animal products?
    ・Just because procreation is natural, it doesn't make it right. Carnists say "eating meat is natural," but it doesn't justify their behavior.
    ・It is immoral to have kids when there are more than 15M children who lost both of their parents.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Hayley Reply


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  • Silke Huybrechts Reply

    The climate has never been more stable? What about global warming? That isn't an issue that's gonna solve itself… And sure, there are more factors than simply greenhouse emissions, but ignoring the problem altogether? I'm sorry, but I thought this video was kind of ignorant. I'm not saying having children is wrong. I am vegan and I want children too, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. But, having said that, the world IS overpopulated and climate change IS a huge problem. Dismissing these problems doesn't do much to prove your point. I'd rather have seen them acknowledging these problems and explaining why having children isn't necessarily contributing to these problems. That would've made their arguments a lot more convincing. I love all videos from The Vegan View, but this one left me a bit disappointed. I agree with the stance that having children as a vegan isn't wrong, but I don't agree with their arguments and the way they tried to make their point.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • livelovedance1080 Reply

    This was the best episode yet, and I'm 21 and not even remotely close to thinking about kids yet. The info was awesome: Mr Vegans statistical quotes were awesome. Mrs vegan talking about being a mother was heart warming.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Plant Based Bride Reply

    I was interested in hearing different perspectives on this topic as a married woman who has wanted children my whole life. I have been wondering in the 5 years since going vegan if it was perhaps a bit irresponsible of me to reproduce in the current state of our planet and felt a pull to adopt, instead. I was disappointed that this video presented only one side of the argument and didn't make any solid points in favour of reproducing over adopting. I think this video would have benefited from the inclusion of parent of an adopted child and someone who has made the choice the remain childless.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Leah Gabadage Reply

    Ellen Fisher is a huge inspiration for current and potential vegan mothers; I love her philosophy that children, even very young, should be involved in the kitchen. I don't have my own children, but I now work at an alternative education center with primarily foster care children, or children in difficult households. We've collectively made Friday into "food fun day" where we make coincidentally 😉 vegan recipes together. We've made veggie sushi rolls, dosas, coconut parfaits, and veggie pizza. The students have gone home to help in the kitchen, are more willing to try vegetables, and are now working together in the classroom. I'd love to change the summer zoo field trip to a sanctuary: educationally, it's great they can be hands on in caring for animals. But we're already approved to renovate the school garden and build a compost bin. It's my belief that vegans should be involved in shaping the next generation; it takes a village to raise a child.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Sarah Loves Veggies Reply

    I love Mr. & Mrs. Vegan!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Devlyn O'Brien Reply

    I love your videos and your thoughtfulness but I wanted to share another perspective on climate change. The fact that climate deniers know the fundamental ways greenhouse gases are generated, but then don’t think humans contribute by producing the exact same compounds, confuses and frustrates me. Density is a great solution but only if people live with minimal impact, which isn’t happening currently.
    People should continue to have babies for all the reasons mentioned in the beginning: it’s nice to raise children with morals, to pass on compassion (although I think that’s a lot to do with nurture and a bit of sensitivity in genes), and educate others on raising vegan kids. It’s a fundamental human thing to do; it feels amazing for people who want kids.
    It’s also harder to adopt than people think. If you’ve proven you can biologically produce a child, you may be denied when attempting to adopt for your second child. Some countries use adoption as a marketing scheme as well, and that’s a whole other issue.
    Climate change is very real and that’s why more people do need to be vegan and care about their carbon footprint. And yes, some people do need to adopt and others to have less kids and some people should have as many kids as they like. As long as we as a society help to raise them well and continue to work on addressing our environmental issues. I feel like this video touched on all those points and then derailed a bit

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • stylefodder Reply

    Usually really enjoy your videos, but this one left me disappointed – problematic language, odd claims and a lot of important points missing. I get that not every vegan enters the movement the same way (some go vegan for health reasons for example), but animal rights and environmentalism are huge parts of veganism. Scary to see many people in the comments here not even realizing that. Hope for more mature conversations pertaining to veganism in future vids.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • AnimalEmancipation Reply

    Having children is the most destructive thing you can do to the planet. Your title is click bait because you have zero arguments.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Ellen Kessler Reply

    No one should have babies until we heal the earth. No one. Stop breeding.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • luke burgoyne Reply

    Even vegan children contribute more to global warming than a meat eater not changing their ways for their entire life and not having children. The most environmentally forward thinking thing we can do as a species is decrease our birthrate. Less people means less demand on the earths limited resources and better lives for all involved. If you don’t believe the facts, no one can stop you from having kids. Just be aware that you are putting them into a world with a very uncertain future.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Lauren Whetsel Reply

    I personally do not want kids, but I would never tell someone else that they shouldn't have kids, or that they should be ashamed for having kids! that is SO rude! and I agree with Nikki, veganism is about love and compassion <3

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Beth Grant-DeRoos Reply

    We have been plant based since attending SDA cooking classes in Fresno in '76. And we have one child. For the sake of a mature conversation…

    If someone is a serious environmentalist as well as a vegan I can see where encouraging people to not intentionally reproduce could make sense. Intentionally is the key word.

    Reproducing creates a bigger carbon foot print even if vegan, which necessitates using more natural resources which reduces the natural habitat for animals.

    Which raises the uncomfortable question of how much does someone who professes to be a serious vegan really care about animals when their choices affect animals in such a negative way?

    Each new human needs food, housing, clothing, and other care, which necessitates using more natural resources.

    It's been noted in various reputable studies that we Americans are 5 % of the global population, yet we use at least one quarter of the world's fossil fuel resources. Americans, , operate over one third of the worlds automobiles. And create 40 percent of the world's waste.

    With some studies noting the average person worldwide uses roughly 2.7 of these global hectares (a metric unit of square measure, equal to 100 acres)per year, whereas the average American clocks in at 6.8 global hectares.

    If all the world lived as the average American we would need 4 more earths.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Katie Stearns Reply

    Great video guys. Can you please cite sources for the global warming statistics? I certainly think this is such an important topic and agree that people who want kids should be able to have them, but I would love to look over this new court case and the science related to it with my climate science professor as it is really interesting to me. Thanks always for spreading the vegan message.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Hannah Thrasher Reply

    I have never ever heard this. Maybe because I'm on the east coast? So crazy.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Michelle Fowlkes Reply

    It's vegan to have kids. We are more conscious about everything.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Libby DVR Reply

    My brother and sister both don't want to have children so I just say, "I had their share." 😉 I remember telling my mom when I was 5 that when I grew up I was going to have 20 children. Now I can look back on her reaction and laugh, she was just like, "Oh really..hmm." BUt my life would be empty without kids and I can totally respect someone like my sister not wanting kids, she gets told really nasty things for not wanting kids. It's incredibly hard and we do have billions of people on the planet so if you don't want them you shouldn't be shamed for it like my sister often is. Likewise I shouldn't be shamed either, that's my choice and I'm raising three vegan kids (I hope) and teaching them to be compassionate and active in the community and to be thoughtful. Vegan parents on youtube are SUPER IMPORTANT that was the number one problem I had was how to feed my kids. I have watched That Vegan Mom and Tiara, and Mr. and Mrs. Vegan and others trying to see what their kids eat. Being judgmental and excluding people is such a turn off. We have to accept people's life choices. Have kids, don't have kids.
    Non-vegans kept asking me though if breastfeeding is vegan and thinking it was clever. I'd tell them it's about exploitation, I consent to breastfeed her, if you can get a cow to choose to nurse you over her own baby have at it.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Geri Reply

    I honestly think that based on emotionless logic and reason alone humans shouldn’t exist or the earth in general. Reproduction is futile as it only creates more suffering no matter how happy someone views their or their baby’s life to be. That being said I can’t stop anyone else from having children, and I used to care to try, but I have to admit my own ignorance for what life really is. Be responsible is all I can say. I personally don’t plan on reproducing because of my sexuality and my lack of desire to to have children. I see no unselfish motive for intentionally bringing new life to earth. I totally support adoption if you can be a good parent.

    That’s my view. I don’t plan on shaming anyone else for having children, but it does make me question why haven’t they seen the world the way I have. I use my ignorance towards what existence even is to try not to be so harsh towards others who think they know. Because they could be right. Or maybe there is a bigger picture I am not seeing. Whatever though I don’t plan on watching the video as I think it will make me sad and feel alone in my own view of the world watching people make the same arguments that only someone with a certain type of mindset and thinking process will have. But whatever, just question your motives. A child isn’t guaranteed a life of bliss just because you feel like you’d make a good parent or that they will love you.

    I guess my ultimate goal seeing that humans aren’t likely going to stop reproducing anytime soon is that we make this world a less harsher place. And make room for emotional and mental wellbeing, and to love each other as that is the only purpose I see.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Danielle Kaye Reply

    As a vegan who is still in high school, I had no idea this issue existed. To me though, the basis of veganism is compassion and that compassion extends to animals, the environment and other humans as well. We as a community need to approach an individual's choice to have a child or not with compassion and understanding. No issues get solved when you come at someone with preconceived notions and judgements about their life decisions. As always a great video, keep spreading the vegan message!!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • NikkiVegan Reply

    VEGANISM, to me, is LOVE. Spread love wherever you can and in as many ways as you can. Whether you do that by having your own children, adopting (or both) or not having children, there are so many ways to make the world a better place. Let's stop judging other people and lead with love. I know that sounds way too simple/cheesy but it's really interesting and powerful to see how much of a difference it makes. This is a little off topic but I just recently applied this theory to my relationship with my boyfriend…we had been arguing a little and neither of us felt really connected. We were snapping at each other and judging each other and when we talked about it and realized that we had a solid foundation of love, we let that lead and it made talking about our issues so much better. It helped me approach all of the issues I'd been having in a whole new way. Look for areas in your life and the in world that need a little love and fill that space. It makes everything better <3

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Share Your Heart Reply

    I am a very happy person and have been lucky, but I'm also not blind. Humans are the worst thing to happen to the planet and all the beings living on it. We are wreeking havoc on the oceans, cutting down forests at alarming rates causing the extinction of animals left and right and we cause suffering and death to more than 70 billion land animals a year. What we do to each other is just as sickening. 6000 children die around the world each day because of starvation. So, to say that people must have been hurt growing up because they don't think we should have kids is a bit short sited. I can see where they are coming from, even if I don't agree with them.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Plant Planet Earth Reply

    Tate is adorable!!! So glad that we can eat fruits and vegetables and be the most healthy possible!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • xmbrly Reply

    i love mr and mrs vegan, also so glad you guys dressed this topic! I had this very same conversation with a friend last year and was conflicted even tho I don't even plan to have kids anytime soon. But its crazy the pressure and misdirection some of the radical opinions within the vegan community can be. Anyways, can't wait for the next guest on the vegan view 💖

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Julia Barbour Reply

    I am worried about overpopulation in terms of all of the unwanted childen, the families who can't support their children, and all of the women who are burdened because they aren't in charge of their own family planning. But what does that have to do with two wonderful people raising a healthy child in a loving environment? I think people who make those rude comments definitely have some other reason. If they are truly upset about overpopulation then we should be talking about sex education, accessibility of contraceptives, foster and adoption systems, and even feminism because it pertains to family planning.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Jane Jane Reply

    Wow, can't imagine thinking having kids isn't vegan. I honestly believe all these vegan babies are the ones that are really going to change the world—not just the planet or the suffering of animals—but our collective soul that needs to find peace.I love the quote from Pythagoras “As long as Man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.” Vegan babies are going to change this world, I hope I get to live long enough to see it. 🙂

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Nivia Reply

    Dr Peter breggin!! He is the most wonderful person! He can seriously change your life with the truth he spreads if you give him a listen. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • KTKABOOM Reply

    This subject is really personal for each individual. Of course vegans can have children if they want them. And adopting is AMAZING if you know you can provide a happy, healthy life to a child in need. My husband was adopted after spending many years in foster care and I think that parents who adopt are the best in the world!! My husband's parents, however, raised two girls before adopting my him and his brother and it makes me think that in some cases this is ideal. Adopting can be a challenge (financially, legally, psychologically) and a couple might not be confident enough to do it before they've raised a child already. So I welcome vegans having children of their own. I think vegans would be more the type to adopt as well!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Heather Holt Reply

    “Breeder”?? Wow… I mean I’ve seen vegans on YouTube that have chosen to not have kids like Vegan Gains and That Vegan Couple who have spoken about getting vasectomies but never have I heard them criticize anyone who does want to have them responsibly. Glad to see this family’s perspective on things! Wonderful vid as always ladies! (And gentlemen lol)

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • SarayaAnne Reply

    I would never shame someone for having children of their own because that is very instinctual, not to mention it can happen by accident. That being said I am super proud of this movement that ENCOURAGES people to adopt and foster over having their own. I think it's really good that this is a conversation being had frequently because more people are considering doing this instead. It's optimal to give children who already exist a better living situation with love and healthy vegan food hopefully, rather than creating more on purpose when there is really a lot wrong with this world and a lot of bad things that can happen to them. Not to mention that I've heard not having children is the #1 thing you can do for this planet, with being vegan being #2 which may be a sweeping statement but 1 person alone does create a lot of trash in their lifetime so I tend to think maybe this is accurate, idk. So I personally am vegan for life and plan not to get pregnant, which I am proud of. That's not to say, I think I'm better than anyone. I'm just proud of the peeps who do think this way. But I am not proud of people who are harassing others, calling them breeders. I mean, come on guys, you're going to try to convince someone to take in fellow human beings that need a home by you, another human, calling them names.Not the most sane tactic.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Stephanie Marroquin Reply

    I seriously love all these videos and topics! 🙌🏽

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Healthiest Vegan Reply

    If anyone is interested in diving deeper into Climate Science here is a great place to start. John Coleman passed away recently but sums up the history in this report. Almost shameful we let history be rewritten by wealthy political elite. & are the equivalent of evidence-based medicine on climate. I am not aware of any prominent warming scientists who don't run from the building when these critical thinkers come to debate. Expect this hysteria to end in the next decade & no one to be held accountable for the trillions of $ wasted. Toxic pollution, trash, deforestation all could likely have been addressed with the funds and time that have been put into politicized science. I hope it never happens again.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Kirky Reply

    I can see both sides of this argument. The world is in a lot of turmoil and it is scary bringing a child into it! There is no love like the love you feel for your own child and you can’t stand the thought of them living in what could be a difficult future. Maybe it is a selfish decision not to adopt, but when you see what the love between you and your partner creates it is indescribable. It’s funny to me because I think if anyone should have kids it should be vegans! We need people who think and challenge the norm to be procreating for a better future.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • marissa morren Reply

    is abortion vegan? love to hear your views!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Hayley Miller Reply

    Tate looks just like Mrs. Vegan, who is beautiful, he is such a cute little baby!!!

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm
  • Jordan Nicole Reply

    I've always wanted to adopt and have bio kids. We've been together over 11 years and had one miscarriage. Adopting has been so rough because we got told "you're so young, jabs children of your own" or "You can't afford private adoption" so many times by people. We ended up going through DHS and we are waiting to be matched to a child in foster care now. There is such a need but so many people try to shut the door and surprisingly I've gotten some not so nice comments about adoption from friends, family, and strangers. You're never going to please everyone. We still do nothing to prevent pregnancy and would welcome a pregnancy, but we are also adopting regardless. I wish adoption was more mainstream, I also wish veganism was more mainstream. I think they go well together. Everyone will have their own feelings.

    February 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm

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