Why go vegan? it's a question that thinkgreen-news.com tried to answer in a recent post. With global warming having more and more impact on our present lives, it seems inevitable that we have to find solutions and one of them, probably the most efficient one today, is to become vegan.
But what is veganism?
TheVeganSociety.com have a very interesting and complete definition of what is Veganism : « Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose ».
Why should you go Vegan?
For the animals: from the moment that we realize that humans are not a superior and have no rights whatshowever to enslave animals, it becomes very obvious that our way of treating animals needs major change. Veganism allow us to stop contributing to these inequalities!
For your health: recent studies are proving that vegan diet can save many lives. In fact, if the whole planet would become vegan tomorrow, we could save up to 8 million lives by 2050, yes 8 millions!
Why? because “Imbalanced diets, such as diets low in fruits and vegetables, and high in red and processed meat, are responsible for the greatest health burden globally and in most regions.”says Dr Marco Springmann of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food. Thus, a well balanced plant based diet is rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals is the perfect solution to reduce the risk of many common health issues nowadays.
A recent study at Loma Linda University in California tried to determine whether vegetarian and vegans live longer than the rest of the population and the results suggest that, on average, vegetarian men and women live 9.5 and 6.1 years longer, respectively, than their meat-eating counterparts. So if you weren't sure if a plant-based diet was good for the health, there is your answer!
For People : A plant-based diet requires only 33% of the land required by a meat and dairy diet. With the world population growing, we would not have enough land to feed everybody. We waste a large portion of our lands by feeding animals that obviously do not need us to be fed. In fact, we could feed an extra 3.5 billion people of the food currently used to feed livestock.Thus, becoming vegan is the easiest way to significantly reduce your personal
Thus, becoming vegan is the easiest way to feed others and significantly reduce your personal ecological footprint.
Here's a video showing why you should go vegan :