Reasons for people to switch to veganism
Did you know that each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life?
- Animal cruelty: For many people, not having a hand in the exploitation of animals remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan. For some, it’s a belief that all sentient creatures have a right to life, and that killing to eat is wrong. And for others, it is affection for animals that makes the idea of harming one to put food on their own plate difficult. As well as the slaughtering of animals for meat, many vegans are concerned that egg-laying chickens and dairy cows can lead to unnecessarily miserable and short lives.
- Going green: Many switch to veganism to reduce their impact on the environment. Vast swathes of land are required to support and feed livestock, making it a significant contributor to deforestation. And the water used by animal agriculture, mostly as irrigation for feed crops, accounts for around 8% of global human water use. Enormous crops of corn or grain also require pesticides and fertilisers, leading to pollution of our waterways. Some vegans argue that if we grew plants merely for human consumption, rather than for supporting livestock, many of these problems would be solved.
- Health: Many vegans choose the diet for its health benefits. Vegan food lower your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Whole grains, vegetable and fruits are naturally low in fat and cholesterol and rich in fibre, magnesium, potassium and many vitamins.