Veganuary Day 1 – An introduction

Veganuary Day One – Why go Vegan? & useful resources.

 

To keep it simple, there are three main reasons: health, environmental concerns and animal ethics. For me, it has been the cumulative strength of all three that has solidified my lifelong commitment to living animal product-free. I have included an overall view of these three topics, although I have included links to some of my favourite informational resources at the end of this post should you want to read further or check the references I used for the main text.

 

Environment:

Animal agriculture is one of the most damaging activities towards our planet, accounting for approximately 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions as well as being the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution & habitat destruction.

 

You may have heard about farming soy being damaging to the environment due to clearing of rainforests. However, the clear majority of this is used as crop to feed farmed animal NOT that used for human consumption, creating a very inefficient energy cycle when we could easily consume the plant crops ourselves.

 

Animal welfare:

One of the most startling things I found out as a vegetarian was just how cruel the egg and dairy industries can be, and how interlinked they are with the meat industry. I found there was no way I could comfortably support any of these industries any longer as a self-proclaimed ‘animal-lover’ I was paying with my pound for the intense cruelty and slaughter of innocent sentient beings.

Lifespan infographic poster

Health:

If either ethical or environmental aspects of veganism appeal to you, you’ll be pleased to know that the British Dietetic Association has stated that a well-planned plant-based diet is suitable for all ages of the life cycle! By following a well-planned vegan diet, you can gain all your nutritional needs from plant foods without the saturated fat and cholesterol from meat, dairy and eggs.

 

You can read this systematic review for yourself here:

https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/89/5/1627S/4596952

 

Links to my favourite resources:

https://www.bda.uk.com/news/view?id=179

https://www.bda.uk.com/foodfacts/vegetarianfoodfacts.pdf

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