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Veganism as a lifestyle has grown considerably across the world in recent years. While many claimed that this would just turn out to be another fad “hipster” diet, it’s popularity amongst the environmentally and sustainably conscious tell us otherwise.
The vegan lifestyle started to gain mainstream popularity in the early 2010s and has been the talking point of many environmental conversations since then. This surging popularity for the plant-based diet became a global phenomenon and the number of vegan food festivals and businesses that have boomed is extraordinary. For many vegetarians, becoming vegan was a natural stepping stone and for others, it became their way to make positive changes to their environment.
Lots of people who have decided to take a more plant-based approach to life in recent years have commented on the numerous benefits it offers them. Especially in terms of health, energy and mood. Others have noted that it is much more sustainable from a financial perspective.
Veganism certainly does offer great health benefits but many have wondered just how much of an impact this kind of lifestyle has on the environment. Can it lead the way to a happier and healthier planet?
Many studies have been conducted around the impact our diets have on the environment and the effects that veganism has on the planet is hard to ignore. A vegan lifestyle may truly be the way forward to creating a better planet for future generations.
Below, we list the top benefits that adopting a vegan diet can provide to not only you but also our environment.
Researchers have found that cutting meat and dairy out of our diets could reduce our carbon footprint by approximately 73% per year. As we have mentioned before, our need to reduce our carbon emissions has never been more pressing. Especially as greenhouse gases rose by 3.4% in the United States alone last year.
Leading a vegan lifestyle can significantly reduce the impact our carbon footprint has the environment. This is because vegetable and fruit cultivation uses a lot less energy than that of farming livestock. Meat production, transportation of livestock and deforestation for agricultural land is one of the leading sources of carbon emissions. Having a vegan diet ensures that the demand for these processes is reduced. So, adopting veganism can be a significant way to reduce our personal carbon footprint.
Conservation of water supplies is becoming a pressing issue and cutting out consumption of meat and dairy is one way that we can save water. Livestock consumes more fresh water per year than any other commodity and also contributes to the soaring amount of contaminated water supplies.
Switching to a plant-based diet could help us to save thousands upon thousands of fresh water each year. This means that we can focus on using water supplies for other environmental and societal needs.
Another way that a vegan lifestyle impacts the environment is by protecting the welfare of animals. One of the main reasons that individuals turn to veganism is due to the fact that it promotes a more ethical way of food production. Especially in terms of protecting animal welfare.
At the moment, the welfare of millions of animals is at risk across many different industries including food production and the beauty industry. Leading a plant-based diet and being ethically cautious about the products we buy can ensure that we are actively protecting animal welfare.
The United Nations believes that a global shift towards a plant-based lifestyle is needed in order to combat the worst effects of climate change. Raising animals for food production has been found to produce more greenhouse gases than modes of transportation including planes.
Research carried out by the University of Oxford found that meat and dairy production currently accounts for 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gases emissions. A vegan diet can help to reduce farmland use by up to 75% meaning that a significant drop in emission release would happen. The less agricultural demand for food production, the less pollution this industry causes.
Finally, a vegan-friendly lifestyle not only improves our own personal lives but also the quality of life for those around us. Going vegan makes you actively consider not only the ingredients of the foods that you are eating and how they are produced but also how they are waste managed.
Ditching meat and dairy products from your diet also mean that you are no longer contributing to the waste that these products produce. In 2016, the dairy industry produced more than 43 billion gallons of dairy waste. Let alone the number of natural resources which are wasted through agricultural food production each year. Add this along with the plastic waste which this industry produces, it is no wonder that a plant-based lifestyle can improve the quality of lives for others through waste reduction.
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Transitioning to a greener and more vegan lifestyle is easily achievable. Although it may seem daunting, adopting a more environmentally and animal welfare friendly diet is extremely rewarding. If you are looking to become a vegan, keep these tips in mind:
Here at the GreenLine Market, we believe in empowering our customers to make a personal and global impact on both their own lives and our planet. We make sure to only offer products that put health, the environment and animal welfare at the forefront of everyday living.
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