What is Veganism?
Veganism is a lifestyle that chooses to exclude all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals as much as possible and practical. This includes food, clothing, beauty products, entertainment, or any other purpose that involves the killing or use of any non-human animal. Veganism promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives to benefit animals, humans, and the environment. Ultimately, veganism means respect for all lives.
Our consumption of meat and animal byproducts causes animals unnecessary suffering. Animals die far before their true lifespan because of animal agriculture practices.
For the Planet
Every single thing we have comes from the planet Earth. It’s easy to forget how much we use the environment through our basic existence. One of the greatest ways you can help reduce your carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.
Animal based diets waste a massive amount of resources. The production of meat requires land and water to grow crops to feed these animals, causing deforestation, habitat loss, and species extinction.
Producing beef requires 1,800 gallons of water per pound of flesh and four to eight times the emissions that it takes to produce the same amount of pork, chicken, or eggs. But all have a larger climate-changing footprint than plant based proteins.
Aside from the devastating effect eating animal products has on our planet, it also has social consequences. People who live in impoverished communities end up growing food for animal feed instead of growing food for themselves, causing world malnutrition.
The high demand seafood industry has caused fishermen to use a technique called bottom trawling which takes a huge weighted net and drags it along the ocean floor destroying ocean habitats. Aside from fish, sharks, turtles and dolphins also end up dying in these nets since it’s a literal “catch all” fishing practice.
For Your Health
You might be surprised to find out animal products aren’t as essential for your health as you grew up to believe. Studies show vegan diets have been linked to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. The World Health Organization has also made the positive connection between eating red meat and colorectal cancer.
By eating less saturated fat from meat, milk, and eggs you’ll gain the opportunity to improve your diet by introducing more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds into your diet. The vegan diet is one full of fibre, vitamins and minerals to help you feel your best.