10 rea­sons to go ve­gan

Not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to ditch­ing meat and dairy?

World of Animals - - The Vegan Debate -

1. Rear­ing live­stock for con­sump­tion re­quires far more land, wa­ter and en­ergy than is re­quired to pro­duce the equiv­a­lent amount of plant-based foods, such as grains and veg­eta­bles.

2. An­i­mal agri­cul­ture is re­spon­si­ble for 18 per cent of green­house gas emis­sions. That’s more than the to­tal emis­sions from all trans­port.

3. The meat in­dus­try and the fish­ing in­dus­try con­trib­ute highly to dead zones in oceans and wa­ter pol­lu­tion.

4. De­for­esta­tion to make room for the many as­pects of the meat and dairy in­dus­tries is caus­ing whole species to be wiped out around the world.

5. Com­mer­cial fish­ing is dam­ag­ing mil­lions of miles of coral, sea sponges and other unique habi­tats on the seafloor, giv­ing its for­mer in­hab­i­tants nowhere to call home.

6. Trawler fish­ing and other largescale fish­ing op­er­a­tions pro­duce cat­a­strophic lev­els of by­catch (non­tar­get species that get hauled up and killed in the process). Some es­ti­mate that global by­catch ac­counts for over 40 per cent of fish caught.

7. Half of ev­ery butchered cow ends up be­com­ing by-prod­uct ma­te­rial or use­less waste, so for the equiv­a­lent of one live­stock cow in beef, another doesn’t get that far.

8. A var­ied ve­gan diet re­quires about one-third of the land that’s needed for the av­er­age Western meat-eater’s diet.

9. Roughly 80 per cent of an­tibi­otics sold in the US are fed to live­stock so that they can sur­vive their of­ten cramped and dirty con­di­tions, lead­ing to an­tibi­otic re­sis­tance. This mass of an­tibi­otics passes on to the person who eats the live­stock and into the an­i­mals’ fae­ces, even­tu­ally end­ing up in wa­ter­ways, soil and the air, mean­ing we are be­com­ing re­sis­tant too.

10. Adopt­ing a plant-based diet can dras­ti­cally re­duce your risk of heart dis­ease, Type 2 di­a­betes, can­cer and obe­sity, plus it can lower your blood pres­sure and choles­terol lev­els.

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