March 29, 2020 2 min to read
Do it for the earth: 4 environmental reasons to be vegan
Did you know that by changing your diet you can change the world? About 3% of people understand this. They’re vegan.
People are highly concerned about climate change, and they’re trying to find small ways to make a huge difference.
There are many reasons to be vegan. Not only can a plant-based diet improve your health, but there are ethical and environmental advantages, too.
Keep reading to learn more about what a vegan diet is, how you can get started, and the environmental impacts of a plant-based diet.
What Does it Mean to Be Vegan?
What is veganism? If you’ve never heard of the term, it means that you don’t consume or use animal products. For most people, that means eliminating chicken or beef.
For others, it means no animal products whatsoever. No leather, certain hair and beauty products are off-limits, no eggs, or fish.
There are vegans who think that the very strict form of veganism is the only way to go. There is no right or wrong way to be vegan or adopt a vegan diet. You have to decide how far you want to take your vegan lifestyle (it is a lifestyle).
Environmental Reasons to be Vegan
There are health benefits of being vegan. Red meat is often linked to heart disease, cancer, and other preventative health issues.
By curbing your red meat intake, you’re cutting back on your risk for these health issues. You can also reap these environmental benefits of a vegan diet.
1. Less Methane and Cleaner Air
Cows produce methane. A lot of it. Livestock that is farmed is responsible for 14.5% of all human emissions.
While researchers are trying to find a way to cut back on those emissions, there is something that you can do right now. Stop eating red meat to reduce the demand for livestock farming.
That is something you can accomplish with a vegan diet.
2. Save Water
There are areas of the world where people don’t have access to clean water. It’s not because they live in a desert, it’s just that they live in a place where water is mismanaged.
Instead, the water is directed to go to livestock farms. Livestock has to consume water and they also pollute it.
3. Consume Less Energy
How much energy can a plant-powered diet save? It turns out quite a bit. It takes much less energy to raise plants than it does to raise and process livestock.
That is an energy saver that can make a huge difference in carbon emissions and climate change…
Continue reading the article and learn more about veganism on Daisy Linden’s blog.