Six Ways Being Vegan Helps the Environment
February 27, 2019 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

The market has become more and more friendly towards vegans in the past few years. There are many reasons behind why people become vegan, vegetarian and even gluten free. Some vegans argue they have become vegans in order to help with the environment.

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It is true that studies show livestock production has a long list of planetary burdens, from rampant land use, water depletion and pollution and one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

1. Veganism Helps Fight World Hunger

A majority of the food that is being grown in the world isn’t eaten by humans. In fact, 70 percent of grain growth is put aside to feed livestock. Globally, this figure shows that 83 percent of farmland is set aside to feed animals. While meat is more calorically dense than plants, more diverse nutrients in plants.

Additionally, all the deforestation, overfishing and pollution that is caused by meat and fish industries limits the capacity of Earth to produce more food. If more agricultural land was used to grow crops than more people could be fed at a lower expense to the planet. The population count is set to hit 9.1 billion in 2050 and there is simply not enough land to raise that many cattle.

2. It Helps to Conserve Water

On top of hunger, many people struggle to find clean water daily. Livestock on the other hand consume more fresh water. The total amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons of water, one pound of pork takes 576 gallons of water. They are also one of the biggest polluters of fresh water. Taking 100 to 200 times more water to create meat than plants, the world would have much more water to go around.

conserve-water

Cutting down on one kilo of beef saves 15,000 litres of water. All our lives we have been taught to take short showers to conserve water when all it really takes is to change our meals. Replacing a roast chicken dinner with a hearty veggie chilli or bean stew saves 4,325 litres of water and it has the same protein levels.

3. Reduces Energy Consumption

It takes about the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef. Plant based proteins can be produced with 8 times less energy than the meat. There is no denying that there is an energy crisis on our hands.

Oil prices are sky rocketing and we could really use with a cleaner and more effective way of using energy. One way to decrease our abuse of it is to cut out meat and dairy.

4. Veganism Helps Purify the Air

All the livestock in the world cause more air pollution than all the cars, buses, planes and other modes of transportation combined. Plants clean the air and if we eliminated the amount of methane gas that we produce through animal agriculture we would have a much cleaner earth. Cows produce around 551 to 1,100 pounds of methane gas a day.

5. It Protects the Soil

Researchers have found that raising animals for consumption contributes to erosion and nutritional depletion of soil, plus desertification and deforestation. Keeping water on the land also helps to keep the water in the soil. Along with water nutrients are preserved in the oil helping it stay more nutrient rich. If fewer trees were cut down to help have land for the animal agriculture, there would be less desertification.

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The roots of trees help to retain moisture in the land. Without these roots water runs back into the ocean with its nutrients from the soil leaving the land dry and barren. Monocropping is also another contributing factor to nutrient loss in soil. Planting singular crops does not encourage nutrient diversity. Most monocrops are grown for feed.

6. Veganism Helps Save the Aquatic Eco-Systems and Wildlife

Due to the common incident that animal agriculture run off, ecosystems are harmed and often times destroyed. These run off’s effect drinking water, but they also create huge dead zones. The run off overwhelms streams, depleting oxygen and leaving these dead zones behind. Species are going extinct due to this and fishing and that’s completely unnecessary. Aquatic ecosystems are essential for the survival of this planet.

Wildlife is also being killed off to make room for and protect life stock. Wild horses are also killed off to make room for livestock and privilege given to the animal agriculture industry is having a devastating effect on native wildlife and ecosystems.

At the end of the day being a vegan, you save one animals life a day. 1,000 gallons of water. 45 lbs of grain. 20lbs of CO2 and 30 sq ft of forest. At the end of the day I feel like this is the way I can help the world and maybe you can do that too.

To learn more about Veganism, check out our other posts on 10 of The Tastiest Vegan Sources of Protein and Why Are So Many Irish People Switching To A Vegan Diet. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a nice meal out, then be sure to read some of our reviews of the best Vegan Restaurants around the country!

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Six Ways Being Vegan Helps the Environment
February 27, 2019 (No Comments) by Zuzanna Piasek

The market has become more and more friendly towards vegans in the past few years. There are many reasons behind why people become vegan, vegetarian and even gluten free. Some vegans argue they have become vegans in order to help with the environment.

six-ways-being-vegan-helps-the-environment

It is true that studies show livestock production has a long list of planetary burdens, from rampant land use, water depletion and pollution and one of the highest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

1. Veganism Helps Fight World Hunger

A majority of the food that is being grown in the world isn’t eaten by humans. In fact, 70 percent of grain growth is put aside to feed livestock. Globally, this figure shows that 83 percent of farmland is set aside to feed animals. While meat is more calorically dense than plants, more diverse nutrients in plants.

Additionally, all the deforestation, overfishing and pollution that is caused by meat and fish industries limits the capacity of Earth to produce more food. If more agricultural land was used to grow crops than more people could be fed at a lower expense to the planet. The population count is set to hit 9.1 billion in 2050 and there is simply not enough land to raise that many cattle.

2. It Helps to Conserve Water

On top of hunger, many people struggle to find clean water daily. Livestock on the other hand consume more fresh water. The total amount of water needed to produce one pound of beef is 1,799 gallons of water, one pound of pork takes 576 gallons of water. They are also one of the biggest polluters of fresh water. Taking 100 to 200 times more water to create meat than plants, the world would have much more water to go around.

conserve-water

Cutting down on one kilo of beef saves 15,000 litres of water. All our lives we have been taught to take short showers to conserve water when all it really takes is to change our meals. Replacing a roast chicken dinner with a hearty veggie chilli or bean stew saves 4,325 litres of water and it has the same protein levels.

3. Reduces Energy Consumption

It takes about the energy equivalent of one gallon of gasoline to produce one pound of feedlot beef. Plant based proteins can be produced with 8 times less energy than the meat. There is no denying that there is an energy crisis on our hands.

Oil prices are sky rocketing and we could really use with a cleaner and more effective way of using energy. One way to decrease our abuse of it is to cut out meat and dairy.

4. Veganism Helps Purify the Air

All the livestock in the world cause more air pollution than all the cars, buses, planes and other modes of transportation combined. Plants clean the air and if we eliminated the amount of methane gas that we produce through animal agriculture we would have a much cleaner earth. Cows produce around 551 to 1,100 pounds of methane gas a day.

5. It Protects the Soil

Researchers have found that raising animals for consumption contributes to erosion and nutritional depletion of soil, plus desertification and deforestation. Keeping water on the land also helps to keep the water in the soil. Along with water nutrients are preserved in the oil helping it stay more nutrient rich. If fewer trees were cut down to help have land for the animal agriculture, there would be less desertification.

it-protects-the-soil

The roots of trees help to retain moisture in the land. Without these roots water runs back into the ocean with its nutrients from the soil leaving the land dry and barren. Monocropping is also another contributing factor to nutrient loss in soil. Planting singular crops does not encourage nutrient diversity. Most monocrops are grown for feed.

6. Veganism Helps Save the Aquatic Eco-Systems and Wildlife

Due to the common incident that animal agriculture run off, ecosystems are harmed and often times destroyed. These run off’s effect drinking water, but they also create huge dead zones. The run off overwhelms streams, depleting oxygen and leaving these dead zones behind. Species are going extinct due to this and fishing and that’s completely unnecessary. Aquatic ecosystems are essential for the survival of this planet.

Wildlife is also being killed off to make room for and protect life stock. Wild horses are also killed off to make room for livestock and privilege given to the animal agriculture industry is having a devastating effect on native wildlife and ecosystems.

At the end of the day being a vegan, you save one animals life a day. 1,000 gallons of water. 45 lbs of grain. 20lbs of CO2 and 30 sq ft of forest. At the end of the day I feel like this is the way I can help the world and maybe you can do that too.

To learn more about Veganism, check out our other posts on 10 of The Tastiest Vegan Sources of Protein and Why Are So Many Irish People Switching To A Vegan Diet. If you’re looking to treat yourself to a nice meal out, then be sure to read some of our reviews of the best Vegan Restaurants around the country!



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