A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use,” said Joseph Poore, at the University of Oxford, UK, who led the research. “It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he said, as these only cut greenhouse gas emissions. Source
Fundamentally there are a couple reasons why I am Vegan.
One – What I believe to be Fair and Just. I don’t believe that we (Home Sapiens) have any right to consider all other living species that we share mother Earth with as resources and property.
We have no right to enslave, exploit, imprison, torture and farm any animal. If fact we are the only species that performs these despicable actions to fellow beings that we share the planet with.
Having the ability to overpower all other living beings does not constituent the right to do we please.
Two – For the Planet and the Environment. Animal agriculture is the largest human-caused source of greenhouse gases, land use, and land degradation.
Avoiding meat and dairy products is the single biggest way to reduce your environmental impact on the planet, according to the scientists behind the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet.
The new research shows that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Loss of wild areas to agriculture is the leading cause of the current mass extinction of wildlife. Source
For instance, ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs that are farmed for food produce a massive amount of Methane as result of their farting and belching.
Methane is a very powerful greenhouse gas and over a 20 year period is at least 84 times greater than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere. Over a 100-year period the global-warming impact of the gas is at the very least 28 times greater than for carbon dioxide.
To raise all these farm animals requires a lot of land, in fact at least 41% of the entire land mass of the planet is taken up by livestock.
All that land that has had to been cleared to accommodate the farm animals was once delicate unique ecosystems, lush tropical and rain forests teaming with creatures- great and small – that support all life on our fragile Planet.
Unfortunately mans greed, gluttony and hubris have destroyed delicate ecosystems forcing the extinction of 150-200 species of plants, insects, birds and mammals every day.
The new analysis shows that while meat and dairy provide just 18% of calories and 37% of protein, it uses the vast majority – 83% – of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Other recent research shows 86% of all land mammals are now livestock or humans. The scientists also found that even the very lowest impact meat and dairy products still cause much more environmental harm than the least sustainable vegetable and cereal growing. Source
We have been indoctrinated to live in certain way from the moment we are born.
In fact, we are born into captivity, unknowingly imprisoned with invisible iron bars and with our thought process programmed and desensitised to accept society offerings.
We all are led to believe that only Humans matter and that the Planet is ours to do as we please.
Consumerism, the push for endless economic growth, the property status of animals and exploitation of Earth’s natural resources are subjects we are not encouraged to question.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realise how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates – Ancient Greek Philosopher
For the survival of Planet Earth, humanity must releases itself from the shackles and constraints of culture and tradition and show compassion and fairness to all life.
Free your mind and thus yourself and start to question as we are on limited time. There is another way to live , a life that is just, compassionate and non violent, a life that is in harmony with Mother Earth.