The ecological side of being vegan

The ecological side of being vegan

There are countless reasons why people are vegan. Among these, there are ecological concerns and love for Nature and Mother Earth. Being vegan is by itself a green way of living that encloses lots of benefits for the self and for the Whole. Modern society is demanding too much and respecting too little Mother Earth. Let’s be realistic, as it is we are expecting the impossible from our World.

Our food systems and daily food choices are contributing to global environmental degradation. Industrial breeding has devastating consequences on the planet: deforestation, massive pollution, climate change, misuse of agriculture and crops, etc. Livestock production contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions that cause rising temperatures and sea levels, and plays an important role in the global biodiversity crisis.

Adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make in mitigating environmental degradation and depletion of Earth’s natural resources (CNN: Wang 2017). We are not only saving the lives of the animals we don’t eat, but actively contributing to planet’s environmental conservation.

Did you know that:

  • the contribution of the livestock sector to global greenhouse gas emissions exceeds that of transportation?
  • the emissions from the production of beef and lamb are 250 times higher than those from legumes (per gram of protein)?
  • about 80% of all Amazon deforestation is due to cattle-raising?
  • 1kg grain needs 100L water, while 1kg beef needs 2000-15000L?
  • 7% of the global potable water is used to irrigate the fields to feed the animals?
  • the land needed to produce 1 kg of beef could be used for 200 kg of
    tomatoes / 160 kg of potatoes in the same period of time?
  • while almost 800 million people suffer from chronic undernourishment and insecure food supplies, 35% of grains worldwide are fed to livestock?
  • 90% of the world production of soya goes to the meat industry (cattle)?
  • a vegan diet saves (on average) 4200 liters of water per day, 20.4 kilograms of grains per day, 9.1 kilograms CO2 equivalent per day, and 2.8 meters squared of forested land per day?
  • 1 billion animals are slaughtered every week for their meat: 900 millions are chicken, 24 millions are pigs, 17 millions are sheep and goats, 6 millions cows and oxen?

So, on the whole, no matter how you slice it, meat costs more to produce than grains and legumes, and add a tremendous negative impact on the Whole.

In each day we have an opportunity to choose how to live our life. We can choose to carelessly continue to impact our so far exploited world or to intentionally care for our Home. Going vegan is the most important factor in reducing our personal ecological footprint and a direct gateway to sustainability. Nothing could benefit more our world than going vegan, a green way of living in harmony with the Whole.

Vegan, because I care!

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