Cycling, human-powered technologies and responsible consumerism are topics that will also receive coverage on Vegan Miscellanies going forward. How do these relate to veganism? They aren't related vertically, as sub-categories of veganism, and they don't follow necessarily from veganism, but they share one basic goal--to contribute not only to my own well-being, but also to the well-being of the planet and the other beings with whom I share it.
I am vegan primarily for ethical reasons, though I am pleased that it is also, when done correctly, healthier to be vegan. My ethical reasons, to be brief, are two-fold: 1) since it is not necessary for me to inflict physical and emotional pain on animals to survive, or indeed to thrive, nor to kill them for food or clothing, it is unethical for me to do so, and 2) since wide-scale animal husbandry results not only in great environmental damage, but also in food shortage for humans and in the destruction of wildlife and its habitat, and it is not necessary for me to support animal husbandry to survive, or indeed to thrive, it is unethical for me to do so.
Being vegan involves responsible consumerism directly. What we chose to spend our money on at the grocery store, market, or restaurant, or conversely, what we chose not to spend our money on at these establishments, directly impacts the decisions the proprietors and/or buyers will have to make. Money is the bottom line. When it becomes profitable to stock vegan goods, they will do so. Conversely, when it becomes unprofitable to sell animal products, they will cease to sell them. Of course, as I've pointed out before, those with more money, because money equates power, have more responsibility in this regard. In other words, because purchasing power creates choice, and choice engenders responsibility, the ethics of responsible consumerism exist in direct relation to the purchasing power of the agent.
As for human-powered technologies in general, they relate directly to the environment, not directly to veganism. But because being vegan demands less process and is easier to power, despite generating sufficient power, human-powered technology fits right in (Thoreau, when it was suggested that he needed meat to build his bones, to be strong, pointed to the herbivorous ox and horse that were powering the plow and cart, respectively). Of course I'm speaking of technology powered by me, not by ox or horse. And then some human-powered technology fits right into the kitchen (more on this as I acquire it).
And cycling? I like cycling. It's good for the environment, good for my bank account, and good for my health. And I intend, increasingly, to use my bicycle, with cart attached (not yet acquired), to bring my vegan groceries from store to home. I have also been much inspired by the vegan cyclist from Victoria, BC, and Team Vegan. These guys prove, quite nicely, as do I, that veganism doesn't equate weakness, sickliness or lethargy.
So there you go. Look for more cycling-, human-powered technology-, and responsible consumerism-related posts on this site from now on. You with me?