Why a plant-based diet is the most sustainable

We’ve all heard about greenhouse gasses, single-use plastic and pollution damaging our environment.

But what about meat, eggs, dairy and fish?

Cowspiracy exposed the environmental issues surrounding agriculture and fishing that have been hidden from us.

It ended the silence forced upon environmental charities and activists by the government. They have been unable to reveal the biggest cause of environmental destruction. This has reduced awareness of the harm our diets are causing to the environment.

This documentary drew attention to the truth: if we want to live sustainably, the best thing we can do is eat a plant-based diet.

A simple change with enormous benefits.

So, how is eating meat, dairy and fish so bad for the environment?

Let’s look at some facts:

Infographic by myself

It’s all well and good if we can sustain the environment by eating a plant-based diet.

But can we sustain ourselves on a vegan diet?

Yes! Many health professionals and healthy individuals claim that we can live healthily as vegans.

That’s right, we don’t need ANY animal products in our diet.

It’s arguably better for us to have a plant-based diet. Follow-up documentary What the Health revealed the miraculous benefits that turning vegan can have to our bodies. It can even reverse the effects of diabetes!

Dairy products are full of hormones meant to support the development of baby calves. They are NOT necessary for human growth.

We can get the calcium and other nutrients we need from plant-based milks, such as soya or almond milk. These dairy alternatives are cruelty-free, with the added benefit to our health.

So why not change your diet to be more compassionate and efficient?

I agree, it’s hard to put aside the imposing views of society and tradition that tell us we should consume animal products. Whether its a turkey at Christmas or a burger at a BBQ, meat is not only ingrained in our diet but is a core element of our culture.

When the world’s population was only 1 billion in 1812, it wasn’t such an environmental issue to breed animals for food. However, with the population at almost 8 billion, there simply isn’t enough world to support this diet.

In the UK today, there’s a growing vegan community and plenty of plant-based options. Even if you’re on a budget, a tin of chickpeas for 30p can give you as much nutrients as a packet of chicken. So, it’s hardly a struggle to switch to a vegan diet.

Another confusion with veganism that I’ve encountered is: what would happen to the world and animals if we stopped eating animal products?

Primarily, the demand for animal products would dramatically decrease, thus, reducing the supply.

Fewer animals would be bred for their meat and dairy. If we didn’t have to feed animals, this would reduce things like deforestation, waste and water pollution/demand. Less demand for fish would give the oceans a chance to recover from over-fishing.

Overall, a plant-based diet would produce less strain on the world’s resources. It would inflict less suffering on sentient animals and help resolve world hunger.

If you want to learn more about this, I highly recommend watching Cowspiracy. It’s the most eye-opening explanation of veganism I’ve seen in a while.

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