Animal agriculture accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption, 38% of the total land use and 19% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, which is higher than all forms of transportation combined. It is reportedly one of the major causes of the world’s most pressing environmental problems, including global warming, land degradation, air and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.
Farmed animals now consumes about half of the world’s crops and by inference a great deal of fertilisers and pesticides. It is an inefficient way of producing food, as resources could have otherwise been used directly for producing human food. The United Nations has reported that a vegan diet can feed many more people than an animal-based diet. Thus, a substantial reduction of these impacts could only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products.
“Experts have warned that if we are to combat climate change that is caused by agriculture, it is essential that Westerners cut half of the meat out of their diet. Scientists of Exeter University published this conclusion in the Energy and Environmental Science journal. Tom Powell, leader of the project: “By focusing on making agriculture more efficient and encouraging people to reduce the amount of meat they eat, we could keep global temperatures within the two degrees threshold.” ~MEAT THE TRUTH
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Tracking back to a time in history where diet is mainly plant based and people engage in a lot more physical activities compared to our lifestyle today, hypertension, kidney failure, diabetes, obesity were few or unheard of.
We believe that vegan foods can give our body all the nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Foods such as whole grains, vegetables and fruits are rich in fibre and nutrients while being low in fat and contains no cholesterol. Besides plant protein, legumes and grains provides us with healthy saturated fat and antioxidants.
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The competition for lower prices and greater profits for meat, eggs and diary products has led the animal agriculture business to treat animals as objects and commodities. Pushing for greater productivity, the trend worldwide is to replace small family farms with mechanised factories where an animal’s welfare is of little concern compared to profit. Veganism emerges as the lifestyle most consistent with the philosophy that animals are not ours to use.
Animals on today’s factory farms have no legal protection from cruelty that would be illegal if it were inflicted on dogs or cats: neglect, mutilation, genetic manipulation, and drug regimens that cause chronic pain and crippling, transport through all weather extremes, and gruesome and violent slaughter. Yet farmed animals are no less intelligent or capable of feeling pain than are the dogs and cats we cherish as companions. While the suffering of all animals on factory farms is similar, each type of farmed animal faces different types of cruelty.
- Chickens grown for their flesh in the US are bred and drugged to grow so quickly that their hearts, lungs, and limbs often can’t keep up.
- Hens used for eggs live six or seven to a battery cage the size of a file drawer, thousands of which are stacked tier upon tier in huge, filthy warehouses. Although chickens can live up to 15 years, they are usually slaughtered when their egg production rates decline after two years. Hatcheries have no use for male chicks, so they are killed by suffocation, decapitation, gassing, or crushing.
- Cattle are castrated, their horns are ripped out of their heads, and third-degree burns (branding) are inflicted on them, all without any pain relief.
- Cows used for their milk are drugged and bred to produce unnatural amounts of milk; they have their babies stolen from them shortly after birth and sent to veal farms. Because it is unprofitable to keep cows alive once their milk production declines, dairy cows are usually slaughtered at 5 years of age.
- Turkeys’ beaks and toes are burned off with a hot blade. Many suffer heart failure or debilitating leg pain, often becoming crippled under the weight of their genetically manipulated and drugged bodies.