How Veganism Benefits the Planet

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Everyone can benefit from practicing veganism. Veganism is not only good for your health and wellness, but also for the earth as well. The brutal and honest truth is that the egg, meat, and dairy industries have contributed to considerable adverse effects that have affected the state of the planet, which is already fragile to begin with. The range of environmental issues associated with meat and dairy are endless and it is forcing people to take veganism more seriously not just as a means of living healthier but also to save the world. Here is how veganism benefits the planet:

Whole food wellness

A whole foods plant-based diet has obvious benefits for your health and wellness, which automatically translates to a world population characterized by improved moods, better productivity levels, fewer instances of depression and a general positivity that is contagious. If people were happier, then the planet would probably stand a better chance of thriving rather than just surviving.

Less impact on the environment

Changing your diet to a plant-based one is also one of the best ways to minimize your personal impact on the environment. Factory farming is destructive because farms and factories often require land that has to be deforested. As such, a meat-based diet is high ecologically unsustainable. 

The issue with meat

One of the largest environmental concerns regarding animal farms, especially those that rear cattle, is their flatulence. When cows consume grains they become highly flatulent- and because they are confined, it causes methane to accumulate in the atmosphere. Methane is 23 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide, which means that meat, actually worsens the state of the planet. A global vegan diet is the most effective of all diets out there to reduce greenhouse emissions as well as bring about a decrease in land clearing and increase the demand for agricultural land for the growth of organic plants.

Saves water

The meat industry is characterized by gross water mismanagement that is hard to stomach. Across the world, individuals report a growing and widespread catastrophe as reservoirs and lakes continue to dry up. Meanwhile, did you know that the average burger requires 2,400 liters (630 gallons) to produce?

If the water used for processing burgers was re-directed to grow food instead, it can have a considerable effect on the planet. A vegan diet requires a lot less water and best of all, since everything is grown organically, the planet can manage its levels of pollution a lot more easily, therefore, ensuring lasting change for future generations.

 

 

Donovan Armstrong