Written by Sarah
Veganism | What’s The Big Deal?
Vegan, plant based, animal free? Whatever you call it, you can’t deny that veganism isn’t on the rise. Over the last 10 years, the number of people identifying as vegans has increased by 350% in the UK and it’s not slowing down. But why?
A plant based diet can come with a number of health benefits. For example removing animal fats from your diet can reduce the risk of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and various cancers, and plant-based fats and oils, such as avocado, cashew nuts and olive oil can provide you with all the necessary fatty acids for a healthy diet. Although this all sounds pretty positive, it’s worth mentioning that by following a vegan diet it can be tricky to get all the nutrients your body needs – so talk to a Doctor about any supplements you might need to take if you’re thinking about making the transition.
Climate Change is happening before our eyes, and one of the best ways to reduce your carbon emissions is to cut out meat. A study by Oxford University found that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world’s transportation systems combined – a vegan diet could see greenhouse emissions cut by up to 70%. Of course it’s not as clean cut as this and the agricultural industry is adopting new ways to reduce greenhouse emissions – some farms have become carbon neutral!
“A vegan diet could see greenhouse emissions cut by up to 70%.”
Way before we knew about the environmental and health benefits of going vegan, people were giving up meat because they believed we shouldn’t be killing to eat. To meet demand most animals you buy at the supermarket have been factory farmed – this is where animals are just bred to be slaughtered which is thought to be cruel and inhumane. Although some farms are shifting away from this culture, it is still the norm when it comes to meat production and one of the main reasons people turn away from those chicken nuggets!
Of course you’re eating habits are entirely up to you and we won’t judge if you’re a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or a die hard meat eater, but you have to admit that there are some pretty persuasive arguments…