We read through 15 posts (see references at the end) to conclude the following 7 benefits to the planet by being vegan:-
- Lowers Carbon Emission - The EAT-Lancet Commission on Food, Planet, Health, suggests that cutting way down on meat consumption (90%) is better for the planet (not to mention your own health). No one’s suggesting you become a vegan or vegetarian (though that can be beneficial), but you can make a dramatic impact by beginning to scale back. Beef and lamb are associated with particularly high carbon emissions, so maybe begin your journey there. (nbcnews.com) “A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” Joseph Poore, lead researcher on an Oxford study.
- Slows Climate Change - According to the United Nations intergovernmental panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, produced by more than 100 scientists from around the globe, consequences of climate change, like extreme temperatures and intense downpours, are disrupting our food production systems in a way that impacts yields. At this point, food shortages might translate to higher prices or reduced availability of certain items, but if we don’t begin to alleviate our climate problem, experts believe we will face significant issues feeding our growing population. (nbcnews.com) The disturbing new international report just out this morning that says climate change will threaten the world’s food supply and the window to stop it is rapidly closing,” co-host Savannah Guthrie melodramatically announced at the top of NBC’s Today show
- Protects the animals - It can be helpful to do a little more research about how eating animal products affects the cruelty behind the animal agriculture industry. Once you learned about the unnatural and inhumane treatment of animals on factory farms (not to mention, how factory farming is bad for humans as well as animals), most no longer wanted to support it with their dollar. (greenmatters.com)
- Reduces land use on food - Global land use for farms could be reduced by more than 75%—an area equivalent to the U.S., China, the European Union, and Australia combined—and still feed the entire world if everyone went vegan. This sort of change won’t come from any industry or government body—it will happen only when we all stop eating animals. (peta.org)
- Reduce water consumption - It’s estimated that 70 percent of the Earth’s freshwater is used for both plant and animal agriculture, but it takes 100- 200 times more water to produce a pound of beef as compared to a pound of vegetables. Also, livestock farming results in high amounts of water pollution. And a diet comprising of mostly seafood is hampering the oceanic balance as more species are endangered and the normal food chain is disrupted. (versionweekly.com)
- Part of a group - According to an opinion survey published by "YouGov," 63 percent of Germans want to reduce their meat consumption. (dw.com)
- Save the Amazon - Soy monoculture destroys the Amazon forest - and between 70-90% of it is used as animal feed (dw.com)
We hope at least one of the above reasons make sense to you because all it takes is one change in your lifestyle that dramatically helps the planet. If they weren't enough, remember that vegetable tastes awesome, even on their own.
"The best time to go vegan was yesterday. The next-best time is right now." So start filling your grocery basket with more vegetable and change the world.
- Quit Crying Over Fires in Bolivia and the Amazon | PETA (peta.org)
- Vegetarians Have No Problem Getting Healthy Protein at Veggie Planet M (startupfortune.com)
- Letter to the editor: Going vegan can help clean up planet (triblive.com)
- Media Climate HYSTERIA: Save the Planet, Stop Eating Meat! (newsbusters.org)
- We must change food production to save the world, says leaked report (theguardian.com)
- What's The Difference Between Plant-Based, Vegetarian and Vegan Diets? (livestrong.com)
- Is the climate right for veganism? (heraldscotland.com)
- F1: Lewis Hamilton launches vegan burger chain Neat Burger | RaceFans (racefans.net)
- Can Going Vegan Help The Planet? (versionweekly.com)
- Go Vegan To Save The Planet, Says?New Environmental Report - Vegan News, Plant Based Living, Food, Health & more (plantbasednews.org)