Go ve­gan – your life de­pends on it

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: TO­DAY, NOVEM­BER 1, World Ve­gan Day. If you want to help stop an­i­mal suf­fer­ing, com­bat cli­mate change, and im­prove your health, eat tasty ve­gan meals to­day and all year round.

Stud­ies show that peo­ple who eat plant-based foods are less likely to suf­fer from heart dis­ease, di­a­betes, and can­cer than

their meat-eat­ing coun­ter­parts and that ve­gans are re­spon­si­ble for two and a half times fewer food-re­lated green­house-gas emis­sions. Re­searchers with the In­sti­tute of So­cial Ecol­ogy in Vi­enna be­lieve that the only way to meet the ex­pected global food de­mand in the year 2050 – without sac­ri­fic­ing any forests – is for ev­ery­one to go ve­gan.

Re­search also shows each ve­gan spares ap­prox­i­mately 100 an­i­mals ev­ery year the ter­ror of the abat­toir.

Let’s do our part to help an­i­mals and the en­vi­ron­ment – and re­duce our risk of de­vel­op­ing life-threat­en­ing dis­eases – by eat­ing ve­gan foods in­stead of an­i­mal-based ones. JEN­NIFER WHITE As­sis­tant Press Of­fi­cer PETA UK

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