People across the globe have started to recognize the negative impact of animal agriculture on the environment and human health. As a result, more and more people are embracing and promoting veganism. Although there is still a long way to go, the tide is turning fast, starting with the explosion of dairy-free milk and meat alternatives, vegan versions of almost every food product are now available on supermarket shelves. Due to the environmental activism and wide availability of vegan products, veganism is slowly moving into the mainstream.
Some researchers and economists predict that veganism is the future world. While there is mixed opinion about this, recent trends and certain other factors indicate the possibility of mass veganism.
Here are four ways veganism can benefit the health of the planet and humanity's future —
Long-Term Health Benefits
Vegan diet is based on plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains nuts, and seeds. Most of these are high in fibre and a great source of antioxidant and phytonutrients. While you are choosing plant-based alternatives over animal products, you are also decreasing your consumption of saturated and trans fat which causes heart diseases and other health problems.
Researchers have also found that vegan diets help reduce the risk of several lifestyle and chronic diseases including obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes.
Animal-based diets require more resources (including land, water, and fossil energy) to produce over vegan foods. Animal products also create twice as much greenhouse gas emissions than plant-based foods.
Another significant reason behind the vegan movement is animal welfare and moral values. According to a 2015 survey, 4.6 billion animals were slaughtered purely for human consumption. Each of these living creates have their life cut short, solely due to the eating habits of human. As more people understand the butchering process and the impact their food choices are making, the more interest is developed towards a vegan lifestyle.
Global Food Demand
The world population has already crossed 7.5 billion and is continuing to increase every day. It's estimated that by 2050 it will increase by an additional two billion people. At this present time, many third world countries are struggling to meet their current food demands. As this trajectory continues, a worldwide food shortage continues to grow nearer. This has encouraged more researchers, economists, and scientist to encourage a vegan lifestyle to more effectively allocate resources for our increasing population.
Going vegan is way easier than it was before. Switching over to a plant-based diet might seem impossible for those who grew up consuming meat and dairy their whole life, but with countless plant-based alternatives, embracing veganism is easier than ever. With more and more meat-eaters turning vegan every day, the welfare of the animals and the of our environment is beginning to look more positive.