10 reasons to go vegan
Not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to ditching meat and dairy?
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.