Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.
Vegans abstain from meat eggs dairy products in any other animal derived substances.
Fruits veggies and nuts. These are the foods that we think of when we think of vegans and, even though these foods are essential for proper health and homeostasis, veganism is about far more. In the past couple of years the industry has experienced rapid growth. There's been a 600% increase in people identifying as vegans in the U.S. in the last three years. According to a report by research firm GlobalData, only 1% of U.S. consumers claimed to be vegan in 2014. And in 2017, that number rose to 6%.]
Not only is veganism a great way to help to the environment and save millions of lives a year, the health benefits are inmeasurable Including losing weight, a healthier heart, protection against diabetes, certain cancers, and improving kidney function.
Although the exact reasons for these benefits are not fully known, it can only benefit you to increase the amount of nutrient rich whole plant-based foods in your diet.
Vegan diets are higher in dietary fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, phytochemicals. Due to the low amounts of vitamin B 12 in a vegan diet supplementation is especially important because it may cause blood disorders and potentially irreversible neurological damage.
The global mock meat market increase by 18% between 2005 and 2010 and buy $553 million a year. Since 2017 more than 12,500 chain restaurants have begun offering beyond meat and impossible food products including Carl’s junior and Burger King. Plant-based meat sales in the US have grown 37% in the past two years.
The impact that meat and dairy have had on our planet is crucial to understanding the benefits of veganism. Each year 72 billion land animals and 1.2 trillion aquatic animals are slaughtered for food. 100 million animals are killed each year for fur including coats, shoes, handbags, and fur trim jackets.
By 2050, it is projected that due to overfishing there will be no more seafood available in the worlds oceans.
The carbon footprint we leave is based on the amount of Carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases
and other carbon compounds emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuel’s by a particular person, group, etc.
Simply put, according to WHO, a carbon footprint is a measure of the impact your activities have on the amount of carbon dioxide produced.
With all new advancements in veganism the options are endless. Beyond burgers and impossible meats have made it entirely possible for vegans to eat the same foods in a typical diet including pizza, eggs, cake, burgers, milk, cheese, mayonnaise , bacon , butter , etc.
According to the Academy of nutrition and dieticians,a well planned vegetarian and vegan diet is appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence, and for athletes.
Most products for personal care and household cleaners are available in cruelty free options.
The economics of veganism speak entirely for themselves it is estimated that a vegan, over the course of one year, will save 1,500,000 L of water, 6607 KG of grain, 1022 m² of forest cover, 3332 KG of C02, and 365 animal lives compared to the average US diet.
The documentary Cowspiracy investigates that if the entire world switch to a vegan diet, the global economy would save $684.4 billion in direct health care savings, $382.6 billion in indirect health care savings, $569.5 billion in environmental savings, and $1.63 trillion in total savings by 2050. These numbers are staggering and truly shows that the medical industry benefits from keeping us sick and away from valuable information and resources to feed our families nutritious foods. Studies show that lack of economic and educational status leads to inaccessibility and lack of knowledge and resources regarding proper nutritional habits.
Alex hershaft is a Holocaust survivor as well as cofounder of the farm animal rights movement. He stated that he was always bothered by the idea of hitting a beautiful, living, innocent animal over the head, cutting him up into pieces, then shoving the pieces into his mouth. His experiences in the Nazi holocaust allowed him to empathize with the conditions of animals in factory farms, auction yards, and slaughter houses because he stated that he firsthand knows what it’s like to be treated like a worthless object.
Donald Watson, founder of the vegan society stated that if “If Jesus were alive today, hed be in itinerant vegan propagandist instead of an itinerant preacher of those days, spreading the message of compassion.
Written by - Lovin Singh