It isn’t an exaggeration to say that by going vegan, you’re doing your bit to save the world. At least the UN certainly thinks so. Whether you will or not is entirely up to you, of course. Here are nine reasons why you should at least consider becoming a vegan and help save Mother Earth.
Veganism helps to fight world hunger
Much of the food that’s growing in the world isn’t at all being consumed by people. In fact, livestock feed on 70 per cent of the grain that grows in the U.S, on a worldwide basis, 83 per cent of farmland is used for raising animals.
It’s been estimated that 700 mn tons of food that no-one could consume is instead consumed by livestock, each and every year. While meat has more calories than plants, more aggregate calories, as well as more diverse nutrient profile, could be produced should that land be earmarked for various plants.
Then there’s all the pollution, overfishing, and deforestation brought on by the fish and meat industries that limits Earth’s overall capacity to produce food. If additional farmland was used for the growth of crops for people, then more of it could be fed at less cost to Mother Earth.
It’s becoming more important to have an understanding of all this as we’re expected to see a population of over 9.1 bn by the year 2050. The planet doesn’t have enough land to raise sufficient meat to feed everyone what the average American eats. Earth would also be unable to cope with the pollution that would occur as a result.
Veganism reduces energy consumption
It takes a lot of energy to raise livestock. There are a number of reasons for this, such as the length of time it takes to raise animals, the length of time it takes meat to go from the slaughterhouse into people’s homes, the fact that meat has to be transported and refrigerated, and that they consume a lot of food that while cultivated on land, could have been used for other purposes.
Veganism can help improve your cooking skills
Okay, we’re cheating with this one as it may not necessarily help the planet but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a great benefit. People can be lazy when it comes to cooking. And the majority of us can’t resist taking the easiest option of all, at least once a week: the take-out. That’s especially the case after a long day at the office or at college.
Vegetables can intimidate people when confronted with them at the grocery store. There are just so many different ones to choose from. Many of them need to be prepared in an exact way. Many people didn’t grow up in households that understood that. Some even grew up on frozen vegetables.
Learning how to appreciate the nutrients and full flavour of vegetable, however, is both rewarding and fun. There’s so much to learn about all the different ways to cook when your counter is full of vegetables.