Plate Up for the Planet
by Frederique Laprise on November 6, 2017 - 4:57pm
Plate Up for the Planet
According to The Vegan Society, 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”. Veganism is an easy way to live a healthier lifestyle, help the environment, all while saving the lives of many innocent animals.
Health impact of veganism
Many people think that meat and milk are of utmost importance in one’s diet. However, this myth has been proven to be wrong. In fact, both the British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics concur that a well-planned vegan diet can contain the nutrients our bodies need. Furthermore, becoming a vegan has many positive repercussions on our health because it not only improves our eating habits, but it also makes us learn more about nutrition and cooking. Here is a link to affordable vegan recipes: https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/recipes/budget
Moreover, going vegan not only eliminates our consumption in saturated fats from meats, milk and eggs, but it also decreases our chances to have cancer by not eating any processed meats according to the World Health Organization. Additionally, vegan diets can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce rates of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Environmental impact of veganism
What is known as the “Western diet” is constituted of mainly animal based products like red meat, chicken, pig, etc. In fact, the meat production in the world has quadrupled since the 1960s. There were four and a half more tones of pigs produced in 2013 compared to 1961. It doesn’t stop there either. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the world meat production will have almost double by 2050. This statistic is important because meat productions leads to global warming through: widespread pollution, deforestation, land degradation, water scarcity and species extinction.
In fact, a “ varied vegan diet requires about a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets; 3.5 billion humans could live off the food currently fed to livestock.” Considering that one in nine people are undernourished, it is safe to say that veganism is a good solution for many of our world problems.
Also, the U.N. predicts that the world will only have 60% of the water it needs left by 2030. In other words, 13 years from now we could be missing 40% water in the world that is substantial for many different species, including us. It’s hard to see how this water loss is connected to the production of meat, but it takes 15 500 liters of water to produce one kilogram of beef, while it takes 180 liters and 250 liters to produce respectively one kilogram of tomatoes and one kilogram of potatoes. Knowing that the livestock sector is the largest sectoral source of water pollution, it is safe to say that revising our diets won’t be of any harm.
Vegan Movement and Animal Rights
Animals, just as humans, are complex species. As some people says, they might not have the capacity of reasoning, but they do have emotions and can feel pain. A professor at Cambridge University, Dr. Donald Boom, states that, through the analysis of their brainwaves, cows get excited as they solve problems. Therefore, by confining these animals in small areas, they cannot express their joy. Being stuck in small enclosures has many other consequences on these animals. It is said that 95% of hens from egg-laying industry are found in crowded room and have illnesses, broken bones and dehydration issues.
Conventional farmers are cruel in the way that they raise the animals. Hens are constantly under stress, because, compare to natural hens, they have to lay 30 times more eggs and due to the compact space they are raise. Also, newborn cows are separated from their moms within less 12 hours due to the rich milk the cow produces. Meanwhile, the calves are place in another room where they are feed with “special” milk to make them fatter.
The meat production industry also contains lots of disrespectful policies in regard of animal killing. Generally, there is no use of painkiller before mutilating the animal in question. In fact, it is said that that 200 million male chicks are killed every year by babar methods: by suffocating or grounding them alive.
Therefore, vegan is a perfect way of living in order to save life of species by discouraging the consumption of meat and products related.
We can conclude that veganism not only has many health benefits, but also helps reduce our carbon footprint, and save the lives of many animals. Switching your diet is a simple step to a healthier, more ecological way living.