The Benefits Of Vegetarianism

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Change is necessary; necessary for moving forward, and necessary in fact for survival. We, as a society, need to change the way we live for the sake of the earth, the animals, and ourselves. The most practical solution, and the one that would have the most impact, is to shift to a more plant-based diet. Vegetarianism means not eating meat while veganism is a lifestyle that entails not consuming or using any animal goods, and while it may seem extreme to some, the benefits of such a diet are enormous. It seems that today almost everyone is looking to improve the state of the environment and global health, and recycling and diet drinks just are not going to cut it. Although it may seem far removed, a change to a plant-based diet would have vital …show more content…
Studies show that every day of a vegan diet, “saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life” (Cowspiracy). That’s incredibly significant. With the main threats to our environment today being global warming and sustainable resources, vegan diets could be the answer. The largest picture in most people’s minds when they hear global warming is probably of a gas guzzling, too big to be practical, wheels taller than a small child sort of truck, with a trail of black exhaust. It’s an easy visual, and cars are certainly a big part of the issue, but animal agriculture actually contributes more to greenhouse gases than the exhaust from all combined means of transportation. Methane is produced in staggering amounts through animal agriculture, 150 billion gallons a day from cows alone. Yeah, yeah cow farts, laugh all you like, but methane is far more destructive and has 86 percent more potential for global warming than carbon dioxide on a twenty year time frame. (Cowspiracy) The amount of waste from animal agriculture, is again, frightening; a single dairy cow produces roughly 120 pounds of manure each day. (Animal-Waste) The waste from factory farming ultimately runs off into rivers, and pollutes the groundwater, often causing eutrophication and creating dead zones (Learn-Vegan). Dead zones, places in which no life exists, are often caused by Animal Feeding Operations (AFOs), which entail bringing animals to graze in a specific area, entirely decimating the plant life there. These operations also take up large amounts of water. The recent drought in California has become a major issue, and interestingly enough, half of the water a Californian uses in a day is a result of meat and dairy consumption.(Cowspiracy) A vegan diet

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