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Think veganism

This isn’t a fad, as veganism is gaining a strong following. You may have been one of the 300,000 who took part in Veganuary (eat vegan in January). Major supermarkets are catching on and stocking up on vegan-friendly food. Are you thinking about following veganism in your diet?


What is veganism?

Seeking to exclude, as far as practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. It’s a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy, eggs and honey. According to the Vegan Society, there are estimated to be around 540,000 vegans in Great Britain.

Meat move over

Social media has brought veganism into mainstream with many eating a vegan diet one or two days a week. A total of 49% of those interested in cutting down on their meat consumption said they would do so for health reasons, according to a UK survey.

Why be a vegan?

  1. Preventing the exploitation of animals as all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Being vegan demonstrates true compassion for animals.
  2. Improving health through a well-planned vegan diet, suing whole grains, fruit, nuts, seeds and vegetables; packed full of fibre, vitamins and minerals. Some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, reduce heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
  3. Be greener with a lower their carbon footprint by avoiding all animal products. The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment. Takes water, food and energy to feed the animals and more to the transport and process them for eating.
  4. A more sustainable way of feeding global population. A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. It's the best way to remove inefficient food systems which disproportionately affects the poorest people.

Some consider being vegetarian a safe half-way house. However, suffering caused by the dairy and egg industry is possibly less well publicised. The production of dairy means the death of countless male calves, as well as the premature death of cows slaughtered when their milk production decreases. Likewise, the egg industry means the killing of male chicks when just a day old.

We want to believe that the meat we eat is ethical, that our food animals have lived full, happy lives, but all animals experience the same fear when it comes to slaughter.

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Date: 02 September 2019 by Max Robinson