Why vegan?

Veganism is one the fastest growing trends in our time, and not without reason. Now, writing about all of these reasons would take up far too much space on a humble blog that is supposed to be all about chocolate, so I will list some of the major cases and embed a lot of links to a fraction of different sources here and there at your convenience. The links will open in a new window.

Eating a vegan diet has numerous benefits and will impact many of life’s aspects , such as:

  • The environment

It is estimated that the meat & dairy industry alone is THE biggest contributer to pollution in the world. I highly recommend you to spend 90 minutes of your life watching the documentary Cowspiracy. It addresses a lot of the major points against eating meat. The critically acclaimed Food, Inc also deserves attention in this regard.

  • Preserving water

Besides pollution, water shortages and ingress of animal excrements into the nature and groundwater are two major concerns for the future of a thriving Earth. According to Dr. Georg Borgstrom, more than 2,000 gallons of water is needed to produce 1 pound of beef. That’s 7,500L & 450g for us Europeans. And half that for a gallon of milk.
To put it in perspective, that’s close to 3 months worth of showers.

  • Your Health

The following quote really says it all. But there are many, many benefits besides reducing the risk for osteoporosis that comes with a healthy vegan diet, as seen on nursingdegree.net.

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

  • Animal welfare

It is no secret that in order for us humans to enjoy a nice piece of pork, beef or a chicken leg, the animal must die. And death isn’t someting that living organisms tend to enjoy very much. Earthlings is a powerful and accurate depiction of what the industry is like for the animals involved. Warning! This is not a video for the feint hearted, and it might make you cry.

  • Preserving the ocean

This is a map of the world’s fish stocks. Almost 3/4 of them are either fully exploited or depleted. When talking about vegetarianism and veganism, people rarely ever address the ocean and its current state. But picture it like this:
What if we took a gigantic net and swept it across the African savanna? All of the trees would be uprooted, all of the animals caught and killed or wounded.

THAT is the reality that we are facing when it comes to fishing. It’s NOT just a bunch of old people sitting peacefully with their fishingpoles and a strawhat like in the pictures and advertisements.
And to put it into further perspective, only 1 out of 5 marine creatures ever actually reach our plate. The rest are discarted as by-kill.

More inspiration

101 Reasons to Go Vegan is a funny, well thought out lecture from James Wildman of the ARFF that I would recommend to everbody.

As you might have noticed, there are plenty of reasons to having a vegan (or vegetarian) diet, but there are many holes to fall in as well. If you want to go vegan or if you already are a vegan or vegetarian, I highly recommend you to read up on which seeds and oils to eat in order to get the right vitamins etc.
I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be able to sustain this lifestyle without my hemp seeds, saurkraut, seaweed and vegan chocolate!

 

And remember; veganism is not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle.
Do love onto others and let the love come to you.
… and eat chocolate.
Seriously.