"The damaging effects animal agriculture is having on our planet is a taboo subject that most don’t want to acknowledge, but it’s time we start having a lot more serious conversations about this subject. "
As consumers are more empowered than ever before, burying ones head in the sand and pretending not to know how animal agriculture is damaging the environment is no longer an excuse.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, raising livestock for human consumption generates a whopping 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions; which is a greater voluem than all transportation systems in the world combined.
Furthermore, livestock produce 37% of global methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions worldwide. Both of these gases are much more damaging than carbon dioxide, with methane gas being 28 x times more harmful.
We need to eat less meat and dairy and adopt a plant-based lifestyle and diet to lower these high emission levels. When 1kg of beef releases 10-30kg of carbon dioxide and conversely, 1kg of Tofu releases only 1kg, one can start to understand the damaging effect animal agriculture has on our planet.
Despite the ethical reasons for changing to a plant based diet, studies have shown that adopting a vegan diet can drastically reduce risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cholestrol, obesity and cancer. In a mainstream study of over 61,000 people across the UK and New Zealand, vegans were found to be 45% less likely to develop blood cancer, and 12% less likely to develop cancer overall.
Consumers today have absolutely no reason to continue to eat meat. In every way, shape and form its damaging toward our planet, ourselves and our fellow animals. We have a moral and ethical responsibility to change the way we behave so that future generations and our planet can survive.
Well, the short answer is yes and not only that, it can actually be more beneficial than a meat-based diet as you have rid your body of harmful, cancerous chemicals that a commonly found in meat. Here are a few tips to help you along your vegan lond distance running journey.