Combine All Your New Year Resolutions Into One – Go Vegan!
Many of us may make resolutions for the New Year. Some of us may want to lose weight or eat healthier, others may want to be part of a movement that creates a more compassionate world. Others still may opt to do what they can to battle climate change or to improve the environment.
What if we told you by making just one choice you could help accomplish ALL of these resolutions?
By going vegan, you can!
Improve Your Health
Dropping meat and dairy from your diet is a sure fire way to better health! Studies have shown that vegetarians are about 40 percent less likely to develop cancer compared to meat-eaters, and a 2014 Harvard study found that just one serving a day of red meat during adolescence was associated with a 22 percent higher risk of pre-menopausal breast cancer. Meat has also been shown to increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
If this wasn’t serious enough, meat is also the single greatest cause of food-borne illness in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that 70 percent of food poisoning is caused by contaminated animal flesh.
Fight Climate Change
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our planet. Animal agriculture contributes more to this threat than perhaps any other industry – it emits more greenhouse gases than all forms of transportation in the world combined! By rejecting meat and other animal products, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprints creating a healthier world for all.
Help the Environment
Animal agriculture is a major culprit in the degradation of the environment. Nitrogen from animal waste pollutes entire communities. In fact, nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S is contaminated with toxic runoff. The industry also sucks up large amounts of water. It takes 576 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork, 880 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, and a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.
Rice, beans, legumes, pasta, and many types of fruits and vegetables are among some of the most affordable items on grocery store shelves. You can on a budget while also enjoying a vast array of foods! Check out this for some incredible tips on eating vegan while on a budget.
Prevent Cruelty to Animals
Farmed animals are easily the most abused animals on the planet. From the moment they are born, they are subjected to cruelties that few of us can imagine, including extreme confinement and mutilations without painkillers.
Each year the average American consumes around 30 farmed animals. By choosing animal-free foods, we spare animals a lifetime of horrific suffering.