A group of American soldiers is fighting a battle within their organization so that they are served vegan food. The US military doesn’t provide plant-based meals, often leaving vegan service members to rely on snacks While the US military serves Regular, Vegetarian and kosher meal, there are no plant-based meal options available for soldiers.
A group of vegan soldiers are leading a sort of silent protest by surviving off nothing but snacks like peanuts, cans of beans and crisps. Their movement is now being backed by a number of vegan activists and organizations in the states.
A soldier needs a proper diet to stay fit and be functional in the field. And it's practically impossible for them to survive on snacks.
In a conversation with The Guardian, John, A Vegan serviceman in the US Army said, “I’m living in a world of violence by being in the military but trying to live the most peaceful lifestyle that I can. Choosing not to be violent in my everyday life when I don’t have to be is something I wholeheartedly say falls in line with my religious beliefs and military values.”
“It was just a miserable time. We were in the field and had one meal a day. I went four days straight eating exclusively green beans. You want soldiers to be at their most capable and their most mentally and physically prepared for any action,” he added.
John also spoke about how he was fatigued during his time on ground zero. John believes that there are financial incentives at play in the Military as a lot of their decisions are linked to industries that the government subsidizes, like dairy and meat. John says that the number of Vegans in the military is slowly increasing and he will keep up the fight until this issue is resolved.