As a vegan, especially one who considers the condition of the people involved at the farms my food comes from, which is why I buy organic, and local, or at least regional, and not from big, industrial brand names. I even keep some types of vegan foods off my grocery list, like palm oil, hearts of palm, corn, potatoes, maple syrup, maple sugar, any form of white sugar, agave nectar, non-fair trade coffee, and other vegan foods that are typically very bad for nature, people, or health, for various reasons.
In the summer, as well as late spring and early fall, this is very easy, because I can go to the farmers markets and buy directly from the families who grow it, where I live that is vastly Hmong families when it comes to who sells vegetables, while the majority of specialty items, homemade jams, ciders, regional fruit, pickled veggies, wild rice, spices, raw left-over organic wildflower honey, etc. comes from the non-immigrant (or at least not first generation immigrant) family farm owners in the area.
In the winter this can become tricky, to keep the food I’m buying considerate of everyone to the best of my abilities. Recently the farmers markets closed (this past weekend was their last where I live) and the local organic grocery stores switched from the Iowa grown tomatoes to the California grown tomatoes. I hesitantly bought them and kept the sticker, only to type the name of the farm into an internet search engine when I got home. I wanted to make sure it was safe to keep buying from this farm, here’s what I got; http://www.tdwilleyfarms.com/employees/fremp.html
And the result reminded me why I’m vegan, I want to have the least negative impact I can on everyone, plant, animal or person. Organic food can be done properly and help the community, industrial brand name food, even if it’s vegan, can not, not in the same way, and non-veganism never can, no matter how local or ‘considerate’, it is unnecessary for everyone involved. It’s not just about being vegan, it’s about being synergetic.