Jun 3, 2023
6 Powerful, Science-Backed Reasons To Go Vegan
The vegan community in the UK has grown to over 600,000 vegans in 2019, with demand for vegan foods surging by an astounding 987% in 2017. As these numbers continue to grow, more and more people are becoming curious about the impact and benefits of going vegan.
While the vegan movement is built on the ethics of animal welfare at its core, it has several far-reaching benefits for our own health and for the environment. Several scientific studies conducted over the years have laid out compelling and powerful reasons for adopting veganism. Here are six science-backed reasons why embracing veganism is a good idea.
4. Help In Better Use of Food Crops and Water
Meat production requires a lot of resources and is highly inefficient. According to this study, to produce 1kg of beef, it takes over 20kg of feed, more than 15,500 litres of water, and over 70 times as much land, when compared to wheat and vegetables. This makes the meat industry one of the highest resource-drains in the economy.
Over 40% of all grain produced worldwide is used as feed. The huge demand for feed for these animals is also resulting in water scarcity for a lot of areas in the world. And as pastures become more and more scarce, animals are being grazed on marginal lands that become prone to deforestation and desertification. Up to 15% of all water used goes into livestock production and with over 2 billion people facing water scarcity today, this water can definitely be put to better use.
5. Reduce Air, Land & Water Pollution
The meat and animal husbandry industry is responsible for a lot of pollution of our lands and water bodies. The chemical run-off from these farms contains high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus, that enters lakes and reservoirs and leads to eutrophication, which is the formation of algae. These giant clusters of algae end up reducing oxygen levels to a point where it cant support aquatic life. Such water bodies are called dead zones, the Gulf of Mexico being one of them.
Livestock farms utilize large amounts of animal manure and fertilizers, which are highly toxic in Nature. They end up contaminating the nearby soil and the surrounding freshwater by way of pesticides, antibiotics and pathogens like Salmonella and E.Coli. By continuing to consume meat, we encourage businesses to use such practices to increase production while actively damaging the surrounding ecosystem.
6. End Animal Cruelty
SOne of the core principles of the vegan movement is to stop animal cruelty. According to this account from the book penned by an industry insider, animals brought to be slaughtered for meat live in abhorrent conditions, stacked in cages and barns. Whether its chickens, pigs, fish or cows, the conditions in which they are reared are inhumane.
A more important point that this study brings up is the moral dichotomy that consumers have to face. Because, as citizens, we are taught to uphold values of equality, however when it comes to animals these same conditions aren’t applied. Animals are just as conscious of the pain and suffering inflicted on them and deserve to lead lives free of pain and captivity.
In addition to its ethical aspects, there is an ever-increasing body of evidence that adopting veganism is healthier for one’s self and for the planet. Science is now uncovering and proving the benefits of following this lifestyle that vegans around the planet have known for quite a while. This single, yet significant, shift in our personal lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on our health, the life of fellow animals, and our planet as a whole.