Vegan is a way of life that respects the lives and rights of all animals and avoids exploitation from animals as much as possible.
Therefore, vegan doesn’t even wear leather or fur.
- What is vegan? I heard it for the first time!
- Interested in environmental issues!
- I want to do something to improve the global environment!
- Interested in health!
- I want to know the effects of animal food!
This is a continuation of the previous article.
If you haven’t seen it yet, please see the article from the link below.
In this second part, I will introduce how the vegan lifestyle affects health and the environment.
For the first part of Vegan, follow the link below.
Living in consideration of the environment
The vegan way of life can reduce the burden on the earth and stop global warming.
Vegan eat Plant-based foods. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist who is now in the news, is also vegan. Because diet and global warming are closely related.
If you are a little interested in global warming, I would like you to think about the environmental impact of food.
Adverse effect of the livestock industry on the environment
For example, when producing beef.
First, you need land to grow grain that feeds cows and land to keep cows. Due to the land, deforestation is progressing in the world. 90% of Amazon’s deforestation is also due to the livestock industry. Deforestation has led to a decline in wildlife, biodiversity and an increase in endangered species. The number of endangered species in the world has increased from 17,291 in 2009 to 11,047 in 2019, increasing to 28,338.
In this way, deforestation is progressing, and over 45% of the land on the earth is used for livestock. In the world there are people who are required to evict in order to grow cows and grain for cows. Both wildlife and humans are being displaced from livestock.
You also need water to grow the food grains and water that the cows drink. Therefore, 1/3 of the world’s water resources are used in the livestock industry. Due to the lack of water in developing countries due to population growth, artificially produced cattle are given priority over humans to drink water. Not only developing countries, but also regions such as California are experiencing water shortage problems due to drought.
Manure from livestock flows into rivers, killing large numbers of fish. The river also connects to the sea, which is also polluted. There are over 500 dead zones (oxygen deficient areas) in the sea due to livestock.
(Dr. Richard Oppenlander Environmental Researcher Author, “Comfortabby Unaware”)
The methane gas emitted by cows is 25 to 100 times more damaging than the carbon dioxide emitted by cars.
As a result, the livestock industry is the leading cause of climate change.
In this way, the load on the earth during the process of meat production is enormous.
“The vegan diet is the most effective way humans can reduce the effects on the planet of greenhouse gases, global acidification, wasted and polluted water and land. It’s far more effective than reducing it or turning your car into an electric vehicle. “
From Dr. Joseph Poole of Oxford University
Dr. Joseph Poole changed to a vegan diet as he proceeded with his research.
As mentioned above, they are aware of the adverse environmental impact of the animal food production process and do not consume animal food. They are called environmental vegan.
Environmental vegan are found overseas, especially in countries with high environmental awareness, such as Sweden and Germany.
Sweden has many forests. Swedish people who grew up in nature will want to protect it naturally.
Germany has the most vegan food and daily necessities in Europe.
Organic certification standards vary by country, but German certification standards are high. The reason why there are many organic products in Germany is probably because Germans are conscious of the environment.
Products that use pesticides are contaminated with soil and water, and there is concern about their negative impact on the environment.
Animal foods cause illness
Animal foods all contain cholesterol. People with high cholesterol are at risk of arteriosclerosis. It causes various diseases such as cerebral infarction, myocardial infarction and Alzheimer’s disease.
When you ingest meat, the bacterial toxins in your meat immediately produce inflammatory cytokines that harden your arteries. Alzheimer’s disease
And meat and dairy products are mostly carcinogens. Especially for processed meat, the risk is high. It’s the same level as smoking and asbestos.(From WHO classification)
Antibiotics and hormones are injected into livestock. Grains eaten by livestock are also genetically modified or pickled with pesticides.
Since the places where livestock live are often covered with manure, many livestock suffer from infectious diseases and diseases. When it comes to meat, that part is also included. Some of the meat has pus. It is impossible to remove everything.
Milk contains cow pus. The national standard amount of pus is determined. Therefore, all milk contains pus.
Also, because cows are pumped daily, the udder is swollen, bleeding, and inflamed. They come into our body through milk. They are sterilized, but they remain.
People who have become vegan to protect their health are called dietary vegan.
I feel that many Japanese people are due to this.
One of the few vegan people I know was “I pursued health, and it resulted.”
It is now said to be 100 years of life. To enjoy life, I think it’s important to be healthy first.
Main vegan types
Summarizing the previous article together, there are three reasons why you can become vegan as shown below.
I think many vegan are a little weird. That’s what I felt when I saw some vegan people I knew. And I am a person who is called a strange person by the people around me. Vegan can be quite animal lovers, healthy geeks, or environmental geeks. And I’m also a health geek and environmental geek. This is my personal opinion.
And I feel that many people who live the vegan way of life enjoy it and continue their lifestyle.
I learned about vegan by watching Netflix “What the health” and Netflix “Cowspiracy”. If you are interested, please take a look.
I really enjoy the way I live in “vegan”.
I would be happy if you could get interested in vegan by introducing this vegan.
For the first part of Vegan, follow the link below.