Food and the Environment
The statistics are beyond staggering.
Animal agriculture is the most destructive industry to the planet. Not only is it destroying the environment, it’s seriously affecting our health.
Livestock and their byproducts are responsible for 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions, as well as 91% of Amazon destruction. Over 110 animal and insect species are lost every day from rain forest destruction. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
The most responsible thing we can do as individuals to help reverse global warming is to eat a plant-based diet and buy items — clothing, furniture, products — that are free of animal-derived components. Not only does it help the environment, it saves lives — both yours and the animals.
Eating meat, dairy and animal products increases one’s risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, allergies, cancer — just about every health concern under the sun. What’s more, adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet has been shown to actually reverse these conditions, including diabetes and cancer.
What’s the difference between “vegan” and “plant-based” diets?
Both diets avoid all animal products. However, many vegans still eat poorly by indulging in high-sugar food items, added oils, and processed foods. While this is beneficial for the environment, it’s not beneficial for your health. A plant-based diet focuses on whole foods and avoids unhealthy, processed foods with added sugar and oils.
If we all do our part, it will amount to a huge contribution toward the reversal of global warming.
A person who follows a vegan diet produces 50% less carbon dioxide, and uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat eater. We can make a difference by simply eating less meat products and replacing with plants. If we all completely adopt a vegan diet and a vegan lifestyle (avoiding animal products in all items purchased), we can make an even greater impact.
It’s getting easier to find vegan restaurants and vegan fashions. It’s out there if you just look. Together, let’s make a difference.
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