The concept of veganism can seem confusing or overwhelming at first hand. And that’s completely understandable. To get you a general idea, we like to refer to the definition of veganism, as stated by The Vegan Society:
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
So now we can hear you think: “But, what’s the point of veganism?”. And for that reason we dive into the 3 most important reasons down below.
Billions of animals are tortured and killed each year. By refusing to pay for animal products the demand goes down, resulting in less animals being bred into existence and therefore being tortured and killed.
Though many people think and say that they’re against animal cruelty, the unfortunate truth is that every single animal product has some sort of cruelty involved.
This applies not only for animals that are killed for their flesh, but also to the beings who are used in the egg- and dairy industry. For example, the male chicks of egg-laying hens are often killed within 24 hours after being born. Simply because they do not lay eggs and are therefore unable to serve the industry.
Baby calves on dairy farms are separated from their mothers shortly after being born. This is done due to the fact that their mothers milk needs to be sold to humans in order to gain the farm profit. Sadly, when born as a male, these babies are either killed in their early days or will be fattened up quickly to later be sold as veal.
Often overlooked, is the fact that animal agriculture is responsible for 14% to 18% of green house gas emissions. That amount is partly a result of the meat production which has quadrupled since the 1960s. Unfortunetaly these numbers are expected to rise even more in the coming years, resulting in increased global warming, deforestation, water scarcity, species extinction, etc.
It’s hard to imagine what these numbers actually mean. So to put things into perspective: A cow’s annual methane output is the equivalent of driving a car for 12,500 km. Also, it’s estimated that 1 kg of beef requires 15,000 liters of water to be produced.
A well-planned vegan diet contains all the essential nutrients a human body needs. More studies are being published yearly, showing that a plant-based diet also reduces your chances on some types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes type 2 and obesity.
In September 2019 the movie The Game Changers came out, which (if you haven’t watched it yet) provides a great perspective on how a plant-based diet benefits your health.
Good Old Vegan creates more awareness about the endless possibilities plant-based food offers. Not to mention the environmental, ethical and health benefits veganism provides!
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