THE CONNECTION BETWEEN A VEGAN DIET AND THE ENVIRONMENT




While more and more people are adopting a vegan lifestyle, some ask “How do my food choices influence something like climate change and global warming?” Well, according to research, what you put on your plate actually matters a lot more than first imagined. It is associated with factors like greenhouse gas emissions, shortage of resources, Air and water pollution.


What Is a Vegan Diet?


Simply put, a vegan diet is adopting a food habit where you cannot consume any animal products. As veganism is getting more popular, there are different types of vegan diets available. But it is mostly a plant-based diet where you eat a lot of plant-based foods like fruits and vegetables, grains, lentils, soy products, nuts, and seeds, etc.


Why and How Vegan Diet Is Good for The Environment


People are getting more concerned about the environment and are taking necessary measures like carpooling, taking shorter showers, and reducing their single-use plastic consumption, to play their part of saving the planet. While all these contribute to making the earth better, increasing appetite for animal proteins is raising some environmental challenges.

Recent research says, farmed livestock alone causes around 14.5% of the total greenhouse gas emissions. How? Because, ruminant animals like cows, lambs, goats, and other livestock produce methane which is around 25 times more hazardous than carbon dioxide. Also, it takes a lot of water, land, fertilizer to raise the livestock, and about a billion tons of grains to feed them.

Think about it this way. If people were directly having grains instead of meat, it would be enough to feed around a 3.5billion people. There also wouldn’t be any additional risk of environmental degradation and increase carbon emissions.

Some other benefits of a reduction in animal proteins include —

  • Water conservation

  • Keeping the soil clean

  • Reduced use of chemicals, antibiotics, and other harmful drugs

  • Preventing species extinction

  • Reduced energy consumption

  • Reduced ecological footprint

  • Reduced demand for food, fossil fuels, and freshwater

  • Reduced air pollution


A vegan diet is a better option for our health and the environment we breathe in. so let’s contribute to the world’s biggest issues just by making small changes in our diets.