Why Go Vegan?
When I first became a vegetarian, I did it mostly for health reasons. I knew the meat we are consuming was the cause of so many diseases but never realized what a big impact meat and dairy industry had on the environment, climate, and animals. I wanted to share with you some facts of why going plant-based/vegan is important for your health, animals, and our planet.
– Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year.
– Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years).
– Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption.
– Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US.
– 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef
– 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs
– 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese.
– 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
– Animals produce enough waste to cover SF, NYC, Tokyo, etc., based on 1lb of waste per 1sqft at 1.4 billion tons.
– 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are for livestock.
– 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
I would also like to mention that 99% of farm animals in the U.S. that are raised in factory farms focus on profit and employ abusive practices at the expense of animal welfare and our health. Animals are looked at as commodities and are exploited for profit. They go through painful mutilations and are bred to grow faster and larger, which is unnatural. Farmers are allowed to give cows growth hormones to increase their milk production and are not required to list the use of growth hormones on their labels. Poor sanitation and waste management at factory farming often lead to food contamination.
An animal protein can be linked to many diseases. A great research was done on this by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. In his book, The China Study, he describes through his years of research that there is a clear connection between animal protein consumption and the development of cancer. Human bodies are just not meant to digest animal protein, especially dairy! You can read more about this at T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Another great site I would also suggest you check out is Nutrition Facts by Dr. Michael Greger. In his videos, he shares the latest information in nutrition-related research.