Why Should We Go Vegan?
The cheapest and easiest way to reduce the human impact on the environment is to eat less meat. For every plate of beef, pork or chicken on our dinner table, we are contributing to a significantly wasteful farming system that has a negative effect on our forests, oceans, rivers, seas and air. On a higher level, all these actions add up and contribute to climate change. Conventional farming is recognized by various sectors as giving rise to a multitude of human and ecological problems – including world hunger and increased carbon dioxide emissions. Because of this, we need to reevaluate all our actions concerning animals.
Livestock and its global impact: By the numbers
• The global livestock sector provides livelihood to 1.3 billion people
• Livestock uses 30 percent of the planet’s entire surface
• Animal farming also accounts for 37 percent of all human-induced methane (23 times as warming as CO2), which is largely produced by the digestive system of ruminants, and 64 percent of ammonia. These elements play a significant role in the occurrence of acid rain.
It may be a drastic step to take, but going vegan has many benefits:
1. Going vegan reduces global warming. Global warming poses one of the most harmful threats to the planet. According to a report of the United Nations in 2006, conventional animal farming, or the method of raising animals for food, generates more greenhouse gases than all the automobiles in the world combined.
2. Going vegan reduces carbon dioxide production. Meat and dairy consumption is responsible for 9% of CO2 production. Therefore, if we choose to go vegan, we can contribute in lessening the world’s carbon dioxide emissions.
3. Its more animal-friendly. We know that preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason why people should go vegan, but it is a good reason to go and stay vegan. Conventional farming methods may subject the animals to unfair treatment and cruelty, which is why choosing not to eat them is a good way of showing compassion to them.
4. Vegan is healthy. More and more people go vegan for the health benefits associated with it: increased energy, more youthful-looking skin, and the like are just some of the claims of vegans. But there’s more to it. Plant-based diets are rich in essential nutrients such as proteins, iron and calcium. Vegetables are also a great source of fiber and antioxidants. More importantly, plant-based food sources are low in saturated fat, which helps prevent health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer,
5. Going vegan means going green. The production of meat and other animal products leave a heavy load on the environment. The vast amount of grain feed and water needed for meat production highly contributes to deforestation, habitat loss and extinction of species,
6. Going vegan is more sustainable. It is not only a sustainable means of taking care of the environment, it is also a more sustainable way of feeding your family. A plant-based diet only needs one-third of the land required to support a meat and dairy diet. Avoiding animal products is one of the ways a person can help to reduce the strain on the planet’s resources.
How about you, would you be willing to go vegan? What are your reasons? Tell us more in the comments section below.