For Our Health
Many people turn to a Vegan diet for the health benefits that it brings. In a country where many people eat meat and dairy most days, more and more people are realising that this is unsustainable and not actually good for our health. A balanced plant based diet is healthy for us, contains all the protein and other essential vitamins that our bodies need to live a health and happy life.
A plant based diet is known to reduce the risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and obesity. There is even research to suggest that this diet may also help to reduce the symptoms of some forms of mental health illness e.g. depression.
For The Environment
Much of our agricultural practise these days is unsustainable, and we must find alternatives. As the world becomes a wealthier place, so does the appetite for meat in our diet. With a human population now surpassing 7 Billion this places a huge strain on the planet (the human population is expected to grow to between 9 and 11 Billion by 2050). Intensive farming and agriculture methods mean that we must now grow crops and food to sustain the large number of animals that are raised to feed this growing population. But can this be sustained ?
It is estimated that around 800 Million people in the world are under-nourished or face prolonged periods of starvation on a regular basis. Similarly, it is estimated that around 3 billion additional human’s could be fed if we switched to a plant based diet, if we switched to feeding humans instead of growing crops to feed animals which are raised for slaughter.
Its obvious that livestock consume more Protein, Water and Calories than they produce yet we farm large numbers (billions) of them world-wide every year for food consumption. What if we diverted the effort into feeding those that needed it the most on a plant based diet ? This might seem far fetched, but we believe that its possible – its just a question of changing our attitude to food.
Simply put we don’t have enough viable agricultural land to feed the population that we already have, and this is only set to get worse in the future. We must find sustainable ways to feed our growing population.
For The Animals
Animals are able to experience pain and suffering in much the same way that we do as human beings, but they don’t have a voice. When animals are exploited or mis-treated, this usually happens in relation to food production. The suffering experienced by them is very real, but of course they are not able to express how they feel.
As human beings we can make choices, the main thing that makes us different from animals is our ability to discriminate – in our human state, we are able to discriminate right from wrong.
If we don’t wish it for ourselves or our family, then why would we wish it for other beings ?
Vegetarian Diet ?
If you are thinking about changing your diet, and are not sure if you can make a switch immediately to a full plant based diet then consider choosing to be Vegetarian.