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Why Veganism is a choice for the planet

The word ‘Vegan’ was first coined in the UK by Donald Watson in November 1944. Since then, ‘World Vegan Day’ is celebrated on the 1st November every year, across the world!

A familiar headline today is ‘Veganism is Skyrocketing’.

From Popstars to A-listers, celebrity chefs to politicians, there’s a tidal wave of new vegans rising.

Veganism may seem a fashionable choice, but could it also be a revolution?

Veganism for the animals’ is newer yet increasingly used headline. Basically,  a header for people who actively choose to become vegans in support of animal welfare and ecosystems, not just for their personal diet.

Veganism is much more of a social justice movement; a commitment to making life better for animals, not just food, but clothes, cosmetics, household products and entertainment.

An increasing number of consumers today have begun to realise the positive impact a plant-based diet has, not only on health, but in many aspects of life.

Why plant-based diets have gone mainstream.

No longer a small part of a subculture where being vegetarian or vegan was considered as hippie or activist, today it’s a growing global population inclusive of all walks of life.

With alarming facts such as the Amazon has almost 70% of its forest land converted to pastureland for cattle; where over-grazing has resulted in the loss of biodiversity and the productive capacity of ecosystems – otherwise known as ecocide.

For the animals

An historic vote in Brussels Parliament in 2018 unanimously backed a draft ordinance which recognises animals as sentient beings.

Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan.  Avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways one can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere.

For the environment

Sustainability – from recycling household rubbish to cycling to work, we’re all encouraged to live a greener life. Avoiding animal products can lower our carbon footprint and go beyond the problem of cow flatulence!

Why is meat and dairy so bad for the environment?

The production of meat and animal products places a heavy burden on the environment.  From crops to crop spraying; all the water required to feed the animals, with transport and all other processes involved from ‘farm to fork’.

A vast amount of grain feed is required for meat production and is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. Conversely, considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet.

In the consumer culture we live in today, we show support with money – every purchase made is essentially a vote of support, also demonstrating a vote of support for not only the product, but the practices and morals of that company!

Veganism has evolved to mean so much more than just a healthy diet, it can be an ethical vote and a revolution!

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