Why becoming vegan?
There are hundreds of reasons to become vegan. Some are more obvious than others. Discover them below:
Every year, 110 billion animals are killed in the world. On your own you could spare the life of around 1500 animals during the span of your life.
Refusing animal exploitation and death is usually the main reason to become vegan. Animals are sensitive beings who deserve to be treated that way. When you love a dog or a cat, why not extend it to the rest of the animal kingdom? Loving certain animals and eating others is called speciesism.
In 10min, discover this great talk about why we should take animals off the menu. (easy to watch, NO graphic content)
«Answer me, you who believe that animals are only machines. Has nature arranged for this animal to have all the machinery of feelings only in order for it not to have any at all?» –Voltaire
Plant-based food is the greenest way to feed us. With the rise of health risks related to antibiotics and hormones given to the animals (leading to e-coli, mad cow, horse meat in lasagnas…) and water pollution, there hasn’t been a better moment to switch for a healthier and greener lifestyle.
You need between 7 and 12kgs of cereals to produce 1kg of meat. At this industrial era, animals raised for meat use up to 60% of the world’s cereals, so 670 million of tons! A volume which could feed the entire population suffering from malnutrition worldwide.
Here is the one-hour great speech about the 101 reasons to become vegan.
«We cannot have two hearts, one for the animals and one for men. In cruelty towards the former and cruelty to the latter there is no difference but in the victim.» — Lamartine
The most useful act to reduce your carbon footprint is to avoid animal products. Difficult to believe but “a vegan in a hummer pollutes less than an omnivore on a bike.” !!
For for the air: Cattle raising wins the first prize for the highest greenhouse gases, well in front of all transports together.
For the water: With the necessary quantity to produce 1kg of meat, we could shower everyday for an entier year. Livestock also pollutes through the nitraites and phosphorous, coming from spreading manure. Let’s not forget the release of pesticides and fertilizers which are also the champion of contamination.
For the forest: 70% of deforestation (principally in Amazonia) is due to intensive farming.
For the soil: 70% of the earth’s land are monopolized to feed and graze the cattle. Soon colonized by cows?
Discover in 4 minutes the real impact of meat on the environment by “Le Monde”.
“As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” — Pythagore
More and more people turn to a vegan diet to be healthier: more energy, younger looking skin, less allergy, better digestion, better mood, weight loss, better sleep, better recovery…
Plant-based food are low in saturated fat, rich in fiber and antioxydants. It can help some of the biggest health problems right now such as cardiovascular diseases (96% risk reduction), hypertension, obesity, diabetes and cancer.
Veganism is also very present in the world of sports: Patrik Baboumian (the strongest man of earth 2011), Franck Medrano (girls, check out his video!), Carl Lewis (athlete), Torre Washington and Jim Morris (body builder), David Haye (boxer)… And let’s not forget than in the animal kingdom, plant eaters are often the strongest: the elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros, gorilla…
Meet Irene Grosjean, a French 84 years old naturopath in her video “The life of abundance.”
«Nothing will benefit health or increase chances of survival on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.» — Albert Einstein