Seagan is a portmanteau word made up of seafood and vegan. It’s been around since 2007 at least.
Seaganism is an ism like vegetarianism or veganism. The difference between veganism and seaganism is that seagans occasionally eat seafood whereas vegans do not.
Another term is pescatarian. Pescaterians do eat fish and other seafoods, but they also eat dairy products and eggs, which seagans do not eat.
I started on the seagan diet not because I was afraid of not getting enough protein, but because I wanted a more balanced diet than the vegan diet.
My research had indicated that the vegan diet was deficient in certain key nutrients, particularly vitamin B12, calcium, iron, zinc, and omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid. Seafood, it turns out, can supply sufficient amounts of these nutrients, no matter how many syllables they might contain.
While meat, dairy, and eggs will certainly also supply these nutrients, today’s farming methods are not only inhumane but also badly damaging to the environment. I don’t own a car and my main form of transport is a bicycle so why would I not want to lessen my environmental impact further by withdrawing my support for such farming methods? Also, I do not want to consume foods which have been produced with large amounts of antibiotics and growth hormones.
Don’t pooh-pooh seaganism
Another point in meat’s disfavour is that it always sits heavy in my stomach and makes for a lengthy and uncomfortable toilet break.
As Robin Williams’ character Parry says in The Fisher King: “There’s three things in this world that you need: Respect for all kinds of life, a nice bowel movement on a regular basis, and a navy blazer.”
I don’t yet have a navy blazer.
Arguments against seafood
Before you say it, I am aware that modern fishing methods have threatened many species of fish with extinction, as well as causing untold damage to corals and other ocean habitats. However, there are many species of fish and other seafood, such as mollusks, crustaceans, and small fish such as herring, mackerel, and anchovy, which can be fished without over exploiting their populations. Such creatures multiply so rapidly and in such great numbers that they are an abundant and sustainable source of food.
The big fish, the ones at the top of the food chain, such as tuna, swordfish, and shark, should not be eaten as they concentrate pollutants in their bodies and are slower to breed than the little fish.
Farmed fish, too, should be avoided, as the farming methods are as harmful to the environment as meat and dairy farming. Fish farming also uses huge amounts of antibiotics.
Seafood is any food taken from the sea. Seafood includes fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and molluscs. Seaweed and other products are also known as seafood.
My rule for seafood is the smaller the better. This is because the bigger the fish, the more pollutants it has concentrated in its flesh from eating the smaller sea creatures. The bigger the fish, the higher up the food chain it is.
A vegan is someone who eats no animal products whatsoever. A strict, ethical vegan will also not wear any clothing made from an animal.
Vegans do have problems getting all of their necessary nutrients such as vitamin B12 and Omega-3 fatty acids which are not only essential but also confer some huge health benefits.