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Aren’t there such times when you tell yourself that there is no point in minimizing plastic products in our lives, using public trains to cut down pollution or give up CFC products? – because everyone else still uses or buys those things. Individually, these efforts might seem not to be adequate for making a difference in the world. We need to collaborate, and only with combined efforts can we bring about real progress. One thing that you can do, and it can make a significant impact on the world, is – going VEGAN!
Veganism can help to combat world hunger. Vast portions of cultivable land have been utilized to grow crops that are primarily for feeding livestock. An enormous quantity of food that’s produced around the globe is not available for humans to eat. According to a survey, 70% of the total grain cultivated in the United States is limited to feed livestock, and 83% of agricultural lands globally, are specified for growing crops to raising animals. According to a report, 700 million tons of food is used to feed livestock each year that can be consumed by humans.
The most significant take away from this article is that each and every one matters! Individual efforts may seem insignificant and useless, but the bigger picture is always inspiring.
During an NPR show, professor of epidemiology and nutrition - Dr. Willet stated that if our next generation is to live in a healthier and more sustainable world, we need to shift towards vegan-diet. Not only will this prove beneficial for our planet but also ourselves.
Opting for a completely vegan lifestyle means that everyone wins – the animals, your health, and the environment.
The main reason most of the people opt for veganism is out of love for animals, to curb animal cruelty. But aside from animal welfare, there is a strong reason that veganism is the way forward – a plant-based diet is vital in protecting our environment and help nature heal itself.
Commercial meat production to meet the demand of the consumer market requires vast amounts of energy. Huge numbers of crop fields need to be maintained to provide the feed for animals. Not only this, but enormous quantities of fossil fuels are burnt in raising, slaughtering, and transporting these animals. A scientific survey pointed out that 51% of greenhouse gas emissions from around the globe annually are directly linked to livestock and their by-products. Hence, if you opt to eat meat, your share of greenhouse emission is twice as much as that of someone who eats a vegan diet. Cornell University conducted a study that revealed the quantity of fossil fuel burned per calorie yield of meat and plant-based foods. Burning forty calories of fossil fuel yield one calorie of energy from beef, and 2.2 calories worth of fuel for each calorie from plant-based.
In an interview with WebMD, famous nutritionist Katherine Tallmadge explained that veganism could be nutritionally superior to any other way of eating. By using vegan-diet, you lower the risks of developing a cardiovascular problem in your body. Consuming meat may cause your blood cholesterol levels to rise – which may cause elevated blood pressure. Moreover, people develop Diabetes Type 2 due to excessive intake of meat and processed foods. Eating a vegan diet can help you lose weight as well. When you eat a completely vegan diet, your health improves significantly. The most prominent advantage of vegan-diet is outstanding gut health. Vegan diet comprises of both insoluble and soluble fibers; this promotes normal gut motility and healthy gut flora. Plant-based foods help to lower the risk of developing colon cancer - they ensure the healthy functioning of your intestines. Additionally, dairy has been linked to acne and numerous other skin problems.
In fact, climate change is the greatest threat to health. Please refer to the info graphic below for details.
It may seem a bit of exaggeration, but if an average person goes vegan for just one month, he could save lives of 30 animals. Imagine the lives spared if you opt to go vegan for a whole year, or even for your entire life! Hence, changing your dietary approach can end up saving hundreds of lives annually.
The whole idea of veganism may not resonate with your philosophy of life if you regard animals as a source of food, nothing more. But if you a little sympathy in your heart, you will be open to aligning your values with your dietary and consumer habits. It can be an ordinary thought to view a bag of chicken nuggets in the freezer of a supermarket as nothing more than food. But, imagine yourself in the factory farm where you see the caged chickens just before they get slaughtered. Would you feel the same?
Puppies and kittens might be domesticated, but do you think other animals are of less value and have little to no right to live? To be loved? Or to enjoy freedom? If that’s the case, just spend some time on the internet and watch apes cry over their fallen brethren, baby elephants crying over their mutilated and injured mother elephants or female tigers teaching their cubs the way of the world.
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Dr. Hamad Shafqat is a medical doctor, and he enjoys writing.
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