By Hollie Spooner
The choice of a plant-based diet and the abandonment of animal-based foods and products is becoming conventional faster than anyone would have predicted a few years ago.
According to Google, interest in vegan trends increased 4 times between 2012 and 2017. In addition, the search for vegan information has absorbed people’s attention to vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
The rapid growth of veganism has innumerable positive outcomes. But the noble in veganism did not sprout from uplifting situations. It was the hard lesson of nature that made us opt to turn the undesirable experiences to desirable ones. With the spread of the animal movement, we have said no to the exploitation of animals. The threat of gaseous emissions has led to conscious decisions to preserve the environment. Further, the spread of diet-related diseases has helped us understand that a nutritious plant-based diet counters diseases such as diabetes and is good for our heart and overall health. The point is that the core reasons the world is abandoning cows and chickens for almonds and soy are honorable. Humans have made a choice for animals, the environment, and better health.
Animals have rights
Animal rights are the number one reason people go vegan according to a 2019 survey by Vomadlife.com. In the philosophy of the vegans, humans should have the interest of animals at heart and save them any suffering or unnatural death. The centuries of animal maltreatment for food, experimentation, clothing, entertainment, and other purposes should be put to an end.
While someone may argue that killing animals for food is justified, it is undeniable that certain human actions have demonstrated unnecessary animal maltreatment. Think, for example, of the selection that happens in animal farms where male calves are shot soon after birth because they will not produce milk and their meat isn’t as good as that of the cow. Again, with the genetically manipulated mass production of animals like chicken, thousands are killed and discarded for the simple reason that production has exceeded the required numbers in a certain period.
The vegan saves the animal from such maltreatment by choosing not to eat the preferred cow’s meat and avoiding mass production of animals for human consumption.
Going vegan is environmental-friendly
A study by the University of Oxford reported that a vegan diet will reduce an individual’s contribution to carbon emissions by 73%. This considerable figure is explained by the fact that food production is the number one contributor to global warming, accounting for a quarter of the greenhouse gas emissions in the world. As environmentalists, therefore, vegans are making significant contributions to revert the environmental crisis. Besides, the mass animal production for food has played a great role in deforestation.
A plant-based diet is healthier
In 2016, a study on the Future of Food by the Oxford Martin Programme recommended that going vegan could save the lives of around 8 million people by 2050. This confirms the numerous health reasons associated with vegan diets. In fact, the first recommendation on a list of “12 steps to healthy eating” by the WHO advises people to eat a nutritious diet with variety and with majority plants foods rather than animal foods.
The direct benefits of a plant-based diet to your health are innumerable. Three are worth mentioning here. First, a vegan diet is highly detoxing and can help you reduce weight,
keeping you free from the weight-related health issues. Second, the healthy plant foods will keep you from the life-threatening diseases of our times including cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Third, a plant diet will reduce the pain and effects of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
The proliferation of veganism is saving animals from the cruelty of food production choices, reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gas, and saving you from an unhealthy life. Above all, the choice is proving that human beings can still make noble choices for the benefit of humanity and the entire universe.