There are so many reasons to become a vegan.
You will often hear people say, “there are many different kinds of vegans.” While this isn’t technically true, as the only prerequisite for being vegan is not eating any animal products, it is true that people become vegans for all kinds of different reasons. Some people become vegans because it’s great for their health, whereas others become vegans because of the ethical concerns about how animals are treated in factory farms. One very common reason why people are becoming vegans in this day and age is due to the environmental benefits. Believe it or not, becoming a vegan is the ultimate way to go green. Here are a few of the many environmental benefits of vegan diets:
#1. Vegan diets help to conserve energy.
It takes a lot more energy to raise livestock than it does to grow crops. Not only do animals take more time to raise, but they require a lot of food to survive while they’re being raised, which means that all of that food has to be grown somewhere. Additionally, it takes energy to process the meat, as well as to ship and refrigerate it. In fact, animal-based proteins take eight times the amount of energy to raise than plant-based proteins do.
#2. Vegan diets help to conserve water.
The water crisis is very real. Whether due to drought, improper management of sources or periodic scarcity, one person in 10 does not have access to clean water throughout the world. That adds up to about 844 million people. As we mentioned in our last point, when you eat meat, it has to first be raised. The animals themselves need water to survive, but the plants they live off of also require water to grow. Pound for pound, it takes up to 200 times more water to raise beef than it does vegetables and other plant-based foods.
#3. Vegan diets help to fight world hunger.
According to estimates from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, there are 795 million people throughout the world — one in nine — who suffer from chronic undernourishment. When you consider the fact that, an estimated 700 millions tons of food are grown exclusively for the purpose of feeding livestock every year, it becomes clear that more people adopting vegan diets could make a huge difference in this problem. A whopping 70 percent of all of the grain that is grown in the United States is grown to feed livestock, and the majority of cropland is used to grow crops to feed livestock. Using that land to grow crops to feed people would go a long way towards solving the hunger crisis.
There are so many environmental benefits that are associated with vegan diets, and these are just a few of them. In our next blog, we’ll be going over a few more, so be sure to stay tuned.
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