How Veganism Can Help Mother Earth – Part 2
Veganism conserves water
Literally, hundreds of people from all around the world are being denied clean water. Far more are struggling with a scarcity of periodic water, sometimes due to water sources mismanagement but also as a result of drought.
Livestock drink more fresh water than anything else. They’re also among the biggest fresh water polluters. The more the planet replace livestock, the more water there will be available. It takes an astonishing 100-200 times more water to raise just a single pound of beef than to raise one pound ofplant foods.
By cutting out one kl of beef saves a whopping 15,000 ltrs of water. Eating a bean stew or vegetarian chilli, as opposed to a roast chicken, saves 4,325 ltrs of water. These meal replacements also have a similar level of lutein than roast chicken.
Veganism cleans the soil
In a similar way as to how livestock pollutes fresh water, they also weaken and erode spoil. This is, in part, due to the fact that raising livestock typically results in deforestation, which sees the removal of trees and other elements from huge parts of land. These elements provide resilience and nutrients so that the livestock can roam freely.
Each year, the world loses approximately the size of Panama as a result of deforestation, which, in turn, affects climate change, as carbon is stored in trees. By raising various plants, we can nourish soil, which leads to more long-term resilience.
Veganism is ethical
Animals are gentle and intelligent creatures and deserve to live a dignified life. They shouldn’t have to suffer from the moment they’re born until they take their last breath. When they’re born into factory farms, however, that’s the life they’re forced to “live”.
There are meat producers that are altering their models as a response to a public outcry over these factory farms, although most of the meat you eat from grocery stores and in restaurants is still produced in this way. If you cut meat from just one of your weekly quota of meals, however, you’ll be doing something to combat this harsh reality.
Yes, meat is at the heart of many diets and, for many, has a key role to play at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Almost all restaurants have it on their menu. It’s also available from numerous supermarket aisles. Many meat products can even be tossed straight in the microwave. It satisfies the stomach, it isn’t too much of a strain on the purse strings, and it’s everywhere.
However, it’s also a major burden on this planet we call home; particularly as emerging middle classes from around the globe are adopting a Western, meat-centric diet. Then there’s the fact that the meat industry is often unethical. It’s also unhealthy. Essentially, meat eaters should at least try going vegan, or minimally cut out at least some meat from their diet. It’s something that each one of us can do. And helping to save the planet is the responsibility of every single one of us.