Saturday 20 June 2020

Five reasons I'm vegan (environmental)

I wanted to start a new mini series chatting about some reasons why we are a vegan family! We choose to be vegan due to three factors: health, compassion and the environment. I want to start speaking a little more about some of these factors in greater detail - I'm not here to be militant or scary, but I hope everybody can learn from some of these facts! Today's focus is on veganism for the environment.

💚 Animal agriculture is the leading cause of greenhouse gases: it produces more emissions than all of the transport industries worldwide (cars, planes, boats and trains) combined! The industry has been recognised by the UN as one of the most significant contributors of environmental problems from a local to global scale.
💚 Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the Amazon rainforest deforestation . Many rainforest fires are started by ranchers attempting to clear land to make space for cattle grazing. Between 1 and 2 acres of rainforest are  cleared every SECOND, and this destruction means that we lose up to 137 species of animal, insect and plant every single day.
💚 Every kilo of beef produced requires around 15400 litres of water. Almost a third of the world's fresh water usage goes into animal products, partially due to the huge amounts of crops required to feed them.
💚 The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equivalent to the calorific needs of feeding 8.7 billion people. This is more than the entire world's population meaning if more grain was used for humans rather than cattle we could end world hunger.
💚 "A person who follows a vegan lifestyle produces the equivalent of 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than a meat-eater and uses an 11th of the oil, 1/13th of the water and 1/18th of the land." That's pretty significant!

Were you aware of these facts? What are your preferred ways to reduce your impact on the environment?

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