The vegan lifestyle has long been controversial online. Now, one mom has reignited the issue...

                                  It's safe to say that veganism is taking over the world.

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                                  The general consensus in 2021 seems to be that consuming meat is harming the planet and just plain cruel.

                                  More people are now ditching their steaks and switching to a plant-based diet.

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                                  Trying to make wiser decisions about their food consumption.

                                  But what does plant-based mean?

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                                  It's a phrase that's thrown around an awful lot these days but, to put it simply, the term plant-based is used to describe a diet that cuts out all (or most, in some cases) animal-based products, such as meat, fish, and dairy.

                                  The lifestyle choice has been steadily on the rise for the last couple of years...

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                                  Whether it be for health reasons or more ethical concerns, the trend of cutting out animal products from food and drink is completely booming.

                                  And many of those who have cut out animal products like to encourage people to do the same.

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                                  May that be through word of mouth, on social media, or a protest.

                                  But vegans can also have something of a bad reputation.

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                                  And one mom on TikTok has the whole internet talking this week.

                                  Alice Bender, 22, is the mom to eight-month-old Fern.

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                                  The two live in Arizona, USA.

                                  Fern is exclusively breastfed.

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                                  But is allowed to chew on rocks, sand, and basically anything he finds.

                                  "I do not fear bacteria. In fact, I welcome it."

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                                  "I trust nature and my baby. It is not a coincidence babies have this instinct while they are breastfeeding."

                                  Although some dirt can be a boost to immune systems, this level is generally regarded as dangerous.

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