Three popular reasons for being a vegan are compassion, health, and the environment. Veganism is not a religion; it is a common sense approach to sharing life on earth with all living animals.
Let’s first deal with some definitions:
Carnivore: An animal that feeds only on other animals
Omnivore: An animal or person that eats a variety of food of both plant and animal origin.
Herbivore: An animal or person that feed only on plants.
Flexitarians: A person with a primarily vegetarian diet, but who occasionally eats meat.
Vegetarian: A person who does not eat meat or fish.
Vegan: A person who does not consume or use animal products.
Speciesism: The assumption of human superiority leading to the exploitation of animals.
The global population will increase by two billion people by 2050. The foods we choose to eat in the coming decades will have dramatic ramifications for the planet. China plans to cut meat consumption by 50%, and others nations are taking action too.
A meat and dairy diet takes a greater toll on the world’s resources than one that revolves around unrefined grains, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. What’s good for you is also good for animals and the planet.
According to the U.N., the meat, egg, and dairy industries account for an astonishing 65 percent of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions. Simply reducing water usage in your shower is nonsensical when it requires 660 gallons of water to produce each hamburger in your fridge.
Mass animal farming to produce meat and dairy for human consumption is one of the stupidest industries ever created.
“If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million. If those grains were exported, it would boost the U.S. trade balance by $80 billion a year.”
“More than half the U.S. grain and nearly 40 percent of world grain is being fed to livestock rather than being consumed directly by humans.”
– David Pimentel, Professor of Ecology in Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
It takes 2,500 plus gallons of water to produce a pound of beef.
Newsweek once put it this way: “the water that goes into a 1,000-pound steer would float a destroyer.”
Taking 10 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat is like spending $10,000 to repair a car and then selling it for $1000.
Over 56 billion land animals and 90 billion marine creatures are killed each year by humans for food, clothing and other products. If all the food fed to them were sold or given to the poor no one in the world would be hungry.
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