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Why Vegan?

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Anna Smith

on 17 May 2015

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Transcript of Why Vegan?

Why Vegan?
How does a vegan diet reduce suffering?
Sub EQs:
What are the nutritional benefits of a vegan diet?

What are the environmental benefits of a vegan diet?

What are common myths about vegan diets?

How does a vegan diet reduce suffering?
What are the nutritional benefits of a vegan diet?
What are the environmental benefits of a vegan diet?
Plant-based foods:

Help to support health
Decrease risk of disease
Applied Research
Outside Expert
Heidi Kerman

Registered Dietician for Hannaford
Applied Piece
Collaboration with:
Danielle Collins - School Nutrition Director
Mark Newton - School Chef
Free vegan recipe samples during lunch
Mexican Quinoa Casserole
Chickpea Medley
Vegan Chili
Sundried Tomato Pesto Ravioli
Vegetable Tofu Stir Fry
Information sheets and recipes available
My Goals for my Applied Piece:
Open people's minds to vegan food

Educate people about the benefits of vegan diets

Provide a healthy, environmentally friendly food option
What are common myths about vegan diets?
"Athletes can't be vegans"
Study by Dr. Ioteyko of the Academie de Medicine of Paris found that vegans:
Averaged two to three times more stamina
Recovered from exhaustion in one fifth of the time as meat-eaters
Carbohydrates and protein
High protein vegan foods:

Some Vegan Athletes
"You have to be 100% vegan to make a difference"
Every time you make a vegan choice, it makes a difference
The Environmental Defense Fund has calculated that if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as if the nation removed more than half a million cars from US roads
If 1 in 10 people around the globe stopped eating animals, it would free up enough food to feed the 1 billion hungry
Eating a diet rich in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains provides all your amino acids, protein needs, vitamins and minerals

Only 11 percent of vegans are overweight while 66 percent of Americans are overweight or obese

Vegetarians are about 40% less likely to get cancer than nonvegetarians, regardless of other risks such as smoking, body size, and socioeconomic status
Important chemical compounds

A few examples:




Nutrition Fun Facts
Reduction of Air Pollution
Reduction of Water and Land Pollution
Reduction of Global Warming
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of GHG emissions

Factory farms operate like any other factory

Fertilizer production, farm energy use, transport, and product processing

Excessive use of fossil fuels
Confined animals create large amounts of waste

Air quality is degraded in ranching and farming communities

Animal farming causes methane and nitrous oxide waste streams
Fun Fact
A person prevents more climate change by going vegetarian than switching to a hybrid car
Animal Suffering
Life on a Factory Farm
95% of animals used for food are raised on a factory farm
Forced to live in confinement
Growth is increased at an unnatural rate
Excessive growth causes injuries, arthritis, and inflammation
Human Suffering
Feeding the hungry
40% of the world's grain goes to feeding livestock
Growers for factory farms make little money
Animal agriculture is responsible for 70% of water usage and 70% of agricultural land
The effects of manure

Waste pool overflow

Fish farm waste
"Vegan food doesn't taste good"
More variety in plants than animal products
Personal experience - applied piece
Tony Gonzalez
- Former tight end for Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons
Venus Williams
- Professional tennis player
Damian Stoy
- Accomplished ultradistance runner
Thank you!!!!
Terry Berna
My panel
Heidi Kerman
My parents
Students & Faculty
My audience
My Personal Experience
Change in diet

Impact on lifestyle

What I learned
What can you do?
Dietary changes

Inform others

Be responsible
About the Meat Industry
The Big Four:
Tyson Foods
Smithfield Foods
Impact on small operator farms
Impact on ranching/farming communities
What's wrong with our meat?
Antibiotic resistance

Unsafe mercury levels in fish

Poor inspection
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