I’m anticipating that 2020 is going to be the year, if not the decade of plant-based eating. Vegan is the new black. For some, being vegan may be a dietary choice, while for others it is a lifestyle choice.
People who choose to live a vegan lifestyle may also avoid clothes, soaps, and other products that use or contain parts of animals, such as leather and animal fur. People arrogate this lifestyle for its environmental benefits and for a sustainable living as ‘Plant-Based Diets’ are more sustainable.
Enjoying more plants isn’t only good for you, it’s good for the planet as well. One of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their carbon footprint is to avoid animal products.
Talking about vegan diet, it can provide all of the nutrients that a person needs, and can eliminate some of the possible risks that research has associated with harmful animal fats. In addition, people on a vegan diet often absorb fewer calories than those on a typical Western diet. A moderate calorie intake can lead to a lower body mass index (BMI) and a reduced risk of obesity, a major risk factor for heart disease. Eating a vegan diet may reduce a person’s risk of cancer by 15%. This health benefit may be due to the fact that plant foods are high in phytochemicals, biologically active compounds in plants that protect against cancers. Vegan diets can boost heart health in several ways, are high in fiber, which the AHA link with better heart health. The anti-inflammatory properties of the micro-nutrients present in plant foods reduces the risk of urinary tract infections. Lastly it improves mental health and wellbeing. However people who wish to adopt a vegan diet will need to plan their meals carefully to ensure that they are getting enough key nutrients to avoid deficiencies.
Coming to the dark side of the food industry, data shows the production of dairy products necessitates the death of countless male calves that are of no use to the dairymen ,also because of the premature death of cows who are slaughtered when their milk production decreases. Similarly, within the egg industry, even ‘ethical’ or ‘free range’ eggs involve the killing of the ‘unnecessary’ male chicks even though some of them are just a day old.
Veganism helps solve this issue by adopting green care, a term which isn’t well known yet. It refers to a variety of organized and formal beneficial interactions with nature. Examples include animal-assisted therapy, therapeutic horticulture and care farms.
According to a report titled ‘Top Trends in Prepared Foods 2017’, 6 percent of US citizens currently identify themselves as vegan. That’s a jump from only one percent in 2014 and consistent with a 2019 article within “The Economist”, 25 percent of 25-to-34-year-old Americans say they’re vegans or vegetarians.
Given its significant contributions to climate change and the intensity of the animal suffering it causes, the demise of factory farming will have many social benefits.Veganism as an industry will both provide valuable services as well as generate new, green and humane jobs of different kinds in rural communities.
Hence, Veganism is the way to go, it’s a lifestyle caring not only for oneself but for the environment as well. The following years will see a huge rise in veganism and it’s better to get onto the train as soon as possible, adjustments like practicing veganism for 2 to 3 days a week goes a long way and will help prepare one to take the next step on the road to veganism. The vegan lifestyle is destined to catch up with the vast majority of our population and is one of those few trends that people are actually hoping for. We all look forward to seeing how the whole thing plays out as it’s one of those lifestyle changes that can define us as a species and will probably carve a more sustainable and cruelty-free way of living for us and the generations to follow.