Every single day humans contribute to the destruction of our only home. Our planet is getting sicker and sicker and we are not changing our behavior quickly enough. Fortunately, the amount of people who do care about this issue is growing. People are raising awareness about climate change and what can be done to try and slow its progression. While many of these small movements are fabricated by companies as a marketing ploy designed to make people feel more woke and environmentally friendly (for example the reusable straw trend ) there are some that have the potential to slow the course of global warming. One of those is veganism.
While my transition to veganism was somewhat recent (about 2 months ago) I have been a pretty devout vegetarian for about 12 years. So I guess you could make the point that my transition to veganism was probably a lot easier than someone who has been eating meat and dairy fairly regularly their entire lives. It is not difficult to start making small dietary changes and progress from there. Every time you choose to buy a plant-based meal over something containing meat you can know you are doing something good for the environment. Right now only about 2% of the US population is vegan. If you can turn this into a personal lifestyle and increase that percent then you go! Keep reading if you want to know how exactly being plant-based can save our planet and your health.
- Do it for your health! Being vegan is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancers and diabetes due to the intake of protective nutrients. Vegans also have the lowest BMI out of all the dieting categories.
- Vegans have clearer skin. Acne can be your body’s way of telling you to stop putting crap into your body. Of course, this is not always the case (I’m really excited to talk about my acne journey later on). By increasing the number of veggies you consume and decreasing the amount of meat and dairy you are putting more vitamins and antioxidants (skin food, yum) and fewer AGEs (Advanced Glycation End Products) that cause inflammation, acne, and aging.
- Save water by eliminating animal products. By eating vegan you can save 219,000 gallons of water a year. At a time where fresh water is becoming a scarce resource, this is especially beneficial for the environment. The water footprint of one ton of vegetables is about 85,000 gallons of water. That sounds like a lot of water but when you look at the 4 MILLION gallons that one ton of meat uses that number pales in comparison.
- Because not all animals live like the photos. Most of the meat you buy at grocery stores is from animals who live indoors, in close quarters, and are pumped with antibiotics and other chemicals to make sure companies make the most profit. This is not how any animal should have to live.
- We can slow global warming. One of the most important things that switching to a vegan diet will do is reduce the amount of greenhouse gas that is released. Of course, this would mean that whole populations of people would have to cut out meat, but even small reductions in demand for meat products will help to aid the cause. It takes about 107 pounds of carbon dioxide to produce one pound of beef, or 26.75 pounds of carbon dioxide for the average hamburger. To put that in perspective one gallon of gas produces 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. This isn’t even taking into account the methane gases produced by cows, which is a gas that is 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide and livestock alone contributes to 26% of total US methane emissions.
Of course, there are many more benefits to a plant-based lifestyle but these are just some of my favorites. I hope you all learned something from this post because I know that I learned a lot from doing the research. Look out for a new post from me in these next few days, probably one that is a bit lighter in terms of the content. Thanks for reading and feel free to comment or share this post 🙂