Why Go Vegan?
As many of you know, our team is comprised of earth-loving, animal-loving vegans. And yes, we love the cuddly cute faces of all creatures on this planet, but with our love of animals set aside – there are a number of environmental reasons we choose to be #VeganForThePlanet.
Here is a quick walkthrough of four ways you can help our Mother Earth by avoiding meat, and how you can integrate delicious eco-friendly foods into your diet:
Going vegan would be a major step towards ending world hunger
It takes food to make food. A baffling 7/10 crops planted each year are used solely to feed livestock. By cutting out the livestock, this vast amount of food could go directly and affordably to starving people who need it the most.
More vegetarianism would result in a drastic cut to air pollution
When you take into account the transportation and storage of both alive and dead animals for consumption, the meat industry directly contributes to a whopping 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. Adding on top of this the amount of methane produced by animal excrement, researchers at the Loma Linda University of California have concluded vegans have a 41.7% smaller carbon footprint than meat eaters.
Veganism provides more accessible clean water
To create just one kilo of beef, 15,000 liters of water is required. To put that in perspective, doctors recommend the average person drink 2 liters of water daily. So removing one kilo of beef supplies us with enough drinkable water for a person for just over twenty and a half years. This amount is incredible, and could greatly help those without drinking water across the globe.
Animal agriculture causes deforestation
The Wageningen University and Research Center and numerous environmental organizations have shown that agriculture drives around 80% of deforestation worldwide. Farmers clear cut forests to make space for crops or grazing livestock. Sustaining the livestock bred for food requires huge amounts of plant based feed which requires even more land that should really be forest producing oxygen to sustain the balance of our natural ecosystems.