By Published On: July 19, 2022Categories: Plant-Based Health & WellnessComments Off on 3 Reasons Why Veganism Is Beneficial To The Planet

We’re all aware that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and some trends are now irreversible. In fact, the United Nations has issued a ‘code red’ for human-driven global heating. Fortunately, we have a sustainable solution to reduce the negative impact of climate change – Veganism.

Veganism is a plant-based diet that excludes all animal and animal-based products. It presents an opportunity to reduce our individual impact on the environment and create a livable future for all of us.

All the food we consume makes an impact on the environment. However, some foods make much more of an impact than others. By eliminating the consumption of animal products and switching to veganism, we can stop the rapid depletion of Earth’s resources, slow climate change, and help protect our planet for future generations.

Here are three reasons why veganism is beneficial to the planet:

1. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

We all have “carbon footprints” – this refers to the total amount of greenhouse gas, including carbon dioxide and methane, generated by our actions.

What we eat is one of the most significant contributors to our carbon footprint. A study from Oxford University identified going vegan as the “single biggest way” we can reduce our carbon footprint, shrinking it up to 73%.

2. Saves energy consumption.

Our food system relies on energy from fossil fuels to grow, prepare, and transport food. And we all know that burning fossil fuels is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Plant-based sources of protein, like beans and nuts, require much less processing and are therefore much more energy-efficient than animal products. Thus, we are reducing fossil fuel emissions and saving energy consumption by switching to plant-based living.

3. Stabilizes the ocean.

We already know that factory farming leads to increased air pollution. But, did you know that it also results in water pollution? That’s right!

The animal waste from these factory farms is dumped into the ocean. The nitrogen and phosphorus in the animal waste chemically react with water to create ‘dead zones’ – these are areas where the oxygen levels are so low that nothing except algae can survive.

This also increases the temperature of the water, leading to ocean acidification. This makes the water uninhabitable to marine life and kills the entire reef ecosystem. Veganism gives underwater ecosystems a chance to stabilize and recover.

Our planet is paying for our choices. But, remember that we have the power to change and create a more suitable system for ourselves, the animals, the marine ecosystem, and the planet as a whole. Veganism may not solve every problem that we face, but it certainly is a step in the right direction to reducing the effects of climate change.

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