Becoming vegan is a fantastic, positive lifestyle choice in a multitude of ways. Not only are you improving your own health and standing against the violation of animal cruelty, but you are having a preservative, progressive impact on the environment.
As far as it stands regarding the environmental impact of veganism, there are no recognized negative impacts. Some may argue I am saying this from the biased perspective of someone who has been vegan for a long time, but trust me; it can really have a fantastic impact on saving our beautiful Earth! And how, you ask? Well, the two most influential changes veganism makes regard greenhouse gas pollution and water consumption.
Regardless of whether you perceive global warming to be true or not, there is no harm in changing our lifestyle to reduce our carbon footprint. ALL animal agriculture, in some way or another, contribute to the unnecessary emission of greenhouse gases; primarily rearing animals for meat. Researchers at the University of Chicago suggest switching to a plant-based diet is a more efficient way of reducing your carbon footprint than switching to a hybrid car, as it takes 11 times more fossil fuels to produce one calorie of animal protein than it does one calorie of grain protein; and this is one of many meat-plant based diet ratios in favour of the vegan diet.
And as if this wasn’t enough, switching to veganism has an even more influential impact when it comes to reducing water-consumption. Currently, we are facing a serious issue concerning our wasteful nature when it comes to water, that is putting our marine life and personal lives at risk. The U.N. released a report showing that by 2030, the world will only have 60% of the water we require to continue as we are now, unless we see a significant change! To produce 1kg of beef, we require 15,000 litres of water, but for a kilogram of potatoes, we require 250 litres! Other studies show the amount of water saved by not eating a quarter-pounder hamburger is equal to not showering for 14 weeks!
So if you, like I and thousands of others, care for our world, and want to see it flourish and re-gain its strength and vitality, a plant-based diet is the way to go!