Why Vegan?

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Why Vegan?

Veganism  is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, as well as following an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of sentient animals.

Veganism is not just a diet or a label. It is the principle that human-animals should live without exploiting other-animals.  Animal exploitation is all around us and in almost every aspect of our lives, whether it be the clothes we wear, the personal cosmetics we use, or the “entertainment” we choose to frequent. Farmed animals are brought in to this world for consumption.  These intelligent individuals account for 99% of all other-animals raised and exploited for human use.

By denouncing animal products we make a commitment to align our lives with the principle of non-exploitation and non-violence.

Gary L. Francione

Veganism is about nonviolence:  nonviolence to other sentient beings; nonviolence to yourself; nonviolence to the earth.

Mark Twain

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.

Food

Not only are animal foods not necessary for optimal human health, many studies show animal products are detrimental to human health.

Vegans get their nutrition exclusively from plants (and other nonanimal sources), and they do not miss out on flavor, texture, or variety.

On the contrary, many vegans comment on how much more flavor, texture, and variety they enjoy after going vegan.

Ecological

Consuming a plant-based diet also has significant benefits for our environment. For example, the amount of potatoes we can produce from an acre of land is about 40,000 lbs compared to only 250 lbs of cow flesh supported from the same acre. When we feed plants to animals in order to eat the animal, we waste an enormous amount of food. For only one pound of cow flesh, 16 lbs of plant food and 5,000 gallons of water are required.

Compare that to 25 gallons of water for a pound of wheat. Animal agriculture is also responsible for most of the food-borne illness epidemics from water runoff. Our use of animals contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions as well as the destruction of forests for grazing. More than 250 million acres of forests are cleared every year in the US alone for this purpose.

Sustainable

Considering the amount of waste produced by animal agriculture, it’s staggering to think how much plant-based food could potentially be grown using the same resources used for animals.

Essentially, we have to feed animals plant foods constantly as they mature. After three to four years of harvesting and cycling this plant food through an animal, the animal is killed and eaten just once.

Imagine instead, each of those four years was used to grow plant food to be directly consumed by humans.

M.E. Ensminger, PhD

About 2,000 pounds of grains must be supplied to livestock in order to produce enough meat and other livestock products to support a person for a year, whereas 400 pounds of grain eaten directly will support a person for a year. Thus, a given quantity of grain eaten directly will feed 5 times as many people as it will if it is eaten indirectly by humans in the form of livestock products.

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