Why I decided to be vegetarian

Today’s article focuses on food and how changing our dietary habits can make a huge difference!

 Food & Agriculture


What is the leading cause of the ecological crisis?

A 2006 report from the United Nations stated that animal-based foods accounted for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, when transportation (cars, buses, trucks, boats, planes…) is responsable for only 13%;

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction;

Eating 1 hamburger is equivalent to showering 2 entire months;

We could see fishless oceans by 2048…

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Source: http://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2016-01-14/opinions/less-meat-per-day-keeps-emissions-at-bay/

Many other facts are available here.

And in the future?

The authors of the Chatham House study estimate that, by 2050 the global consumption of meat and dairy will rise by 76% compared to 2005, which means that methane emissions would double by 2055!

What is the best way to combat global warming?

It’s pretty clear what I’m getting at here: the best and simplest way to combat climate change is to adopt a vegan diet. I strongly encourage you to read this short article in the Queen’s Journal about how eating less meat can truly make a difference.

Even the UN urges a move towards a meat and dairy-free diet! It is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change.

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Source: http://www.vegansociety.com

Related articles:

Meat consumption is declining in Germany, where 50,000 people took to the streets in January for better conditions for animals and against GMOs.

According to this video, a meatless futur is possible, and it doesn’t necessarily mean giving up the flavor of meat…

Designers at Space10 have come up with some ideas for Tomorrow’s Meatballs.

Take action

Two months ago, I decided to become vegetarian. I also stopped buying eggs and dairy products. People often ask me if I miss eating meat, and I tell them that I’ve discovered so many different alternatives I had no idea existed! I feel in perfect health and always have enough to eat. The only drawback, at least in France, is that it’s sometimes hard to find a vegetarian (let alone vegan) option when you eat out.

Here are a few websites to help you (gradually) change your diet:

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Source: http://www.thugkitchen.com

Finally, I here the 30-day vegan challenge is very helpful 🙂

It is possible to live a perfectly healthy life without eating animal products, and don’t let anyone convince you of the contrary!


Movies, Books, Music…


Again, if you haven’t done it yet, I urge you to see Cowspiracy! You can also find all the facts and sources on their website.

There are also many books on the subject such as Comfortably unaware, Why buying local or Eating less meat, written by Oppenlander. You can find other authors on the Cowspiracy website as well.

“You can’t be an environmentalist and eat animal products. Period. Kid yourself if you want: if you want to feed your addiction, so be it, but don’t call yourself an environmentalist” – Howard Lyman, Cowspiracy

 

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