More and more people are going vegan, plant-based or cutting down the amount of meat they eat. There are many reasons people do this and three that come up time and time again are...
Lots of us love animals and ethically don't consume animal products. I went vegetarian at age 16 because of the ethics aspect.
Once I'd learnt a bit more, I took that further and became vegan. When we think of animals, diet is usually what comes to mind first, but there is also what we wear (shoes and clothes), what we put on our skin and much more.
Animals are used in many things including glue in shoes, lollies (gelatin) and the list goes on. A great resource to read here is The Vegan Society and if you want to watch a Netflix film try Okja.
World meat production has quadrupled since the 1960s. Our carbon emissions are a huge problem and a large amount comes from livestock production.
In Australia 11% of national greenhouse gas emissions are caused by livestock. Making it the third largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after the energy and transport sectors.
Livestock are the dominant source of methane and nitrous oxide, accounting for 56% and 73%, respectively, of Australia’s emissions. Globally, livestock accounts for between 14.5-18% of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, land is being cleared at a devastating rate for this livestock and for the crops to grow to feed them.
Going vegan doesn't necessarily mean your diet is healthy, as there is plenty of vegan junk food. However, more people are going plant-based for the health benefits, especially athletes.
Researchers from Toronto University has shown that a vegan diet reduces your cholesterol in 4 weeks, and athletes have seen improved performance since going vegan hence why many have sticked with it.
A great Netflix documentary to watch is Game Changers in addition to all the research and recipes out there. As with all diets talk to a specialist to ensure you're getting everything you need.
Here at Flora & Fauna, our love for planet, people and animals drives us to help people make better and more sustianable choices. If you want to start your vegan or plant-based journey here are some delicious recipes to help get you started.
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