Going Vegan – a healthier you and a healthier planet
Feeling great about your body and your health are just two of the many reasons to go vegan. One of the additional benefits is the knowledge that by simply cutting animal products out of your diet, you are supporting a healthier planet.
A 2010 report from the United Nations Environment Programs’ International Panel of Sustainable Resource Management found that not only are diets rich in meat and dairy unstainable in light of a predicted population surge to 9.1 billion people by 2050, but animal agriculture accounts for 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, the lead author of the report stated that “biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels” and only a “substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products” would be able to prevent large increases in poverty and climate change in the coming decades.
Here is a nice music video presenting some interesting statistics that might surprise even some of your eco-friendly friends and family. Although the message suggests that we “Save The Humans”, I prefer to think in terms of us supporting vegan interests in our communities to help promote a healthy planet for all of its inhabitants for generations to come.