People turn to veganism for many different reasons such as animal rights and welfare, health and well-being and for environmental reasons. CARMA have outlined the best reasons to consider switching to a vegan lifestyle if you haven’t already or to consider drastically reducing your meat and dairy consumption:
1. Animal Rights and Welfare: Many people feel deeply uncomfortable engaging in a conversation around animal welfare within the meat and dairy industries. It’s unpleasant to think about and when the curtain is lifted, most people don’t like what they see behind it. However it is important to have a dialogue and for people to make the connection between the food on their plates and where it comes from. There is no getting around it. When meat or dairy products are consumed, the ‘products’ have come from sentient animals suffering in life-long captivity, pain and ultimately death. What happens goes largely unpublicised and happens behind closed factory doors for the reason that the processes are violent, inhumane and ultimately unnecessary to survival and good health. If more people were aware, they would likely not pay for this to happen. Large meat and dairy companies go to great lengths to ensure the grim reality is kept from the public. A quick internet search into the conditions in which animals are kept and slaughtered on the internet reveals footage and facts that are hard to ignore. Avoiding animal products is one of the easiest ways you can make a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation globally.
2. It’s Better for the Planet: The world's leading climate scientists published a landmark report commissioned by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and found we have 12 years to limit the climate change catastrophe. Effectively, global warming needs to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C to avoid extreme heat, drought, floods and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. There is hope and remaining hopeful is important. The single most effective individual action you can take to help combat climate change and protect the earth is to stop eating meat and dairy. Researchers at Oxford University found that cutting meat and dairy from your diet can reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%. Animal agriculture causes great damage to the environment via greenhouse gases from livestock, deforestation and water shortages from farming, and enormous ocean dead zones from agricultural pollution. The global population will increase to 2.3 billion people by 2050. In order to ensure there is enough food to feed the entire global population, drastic changes in farming and diet are needed. In wealthy western countries such as the UK and the US, people need to cut their beef intake by 90% and dairy intake by 60%. Governments of global nations must come together and take immediate action to collectively protect the Earth for future generations. Individuals can also be part of the solution, by switching your diet and choosing to consume more plant based foods. There are plenty of tasty, planet-friendly vegan options available and we’ve already shared our favourite London Desserts!
3. It Makes You Feel Good and Improves Your Health: Following a whole foods plant-based diet is a great way to improve your health and well-being. There are numerous studies that reinforce the benefits of going vegan. A study conducted on over 200,000 participants found that those who followed a healthy plant-based diet with lots of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, legumes and nuts had a significantly lower risk of developing heart disease than those following non plant-based diets. Another study of around 77,000 people demonstrated that those who followed vegetarian diets had a 22% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer than non-vegetarians. Plant-based diets can help to slow or prevent cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease in adults. Another study demonstrated that plant-based diets (vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian) were associated with almost a 50% reduction in the risk of type 2 diabetes compared to non-vegetarian diets, demonstrating that eating vegan is a great way of maintaining optimum health and wellbeing.
It’s also important that we shop ethically and vegan to look after our planet. Our Online Vegan Marketplace is launching this Autumn 2019.
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