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Why Go Vegan?

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on 7 December 2013

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Transcript of Why Go Vegan?

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
Why Go Vegan?
What Is Veganism?
Vegan : a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products; also : one who abstains from using animal products (as leather) (Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

The term vegan was coined by Donald Watson in 1944 when he co-founded the British Vegan Society – it initially meant "non-dairy vegetarian," although the membership also opposed the consumption of eggs – and in 1951 the society extended the definition of veganism to mean "the doctrine that man should live without exploiting animals." (Berry, Ryan 2007).
PETA Video: "Meat's Not Green!"
Key Points:
1) The United Nations has concluded that factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to global warming.
* Land Degradation
* Pollution
* Water Shortages
* Habitat Destruction


Land Degradation
About 70 percent of all grazing land in dry areas is considered degraded. This is mostly because of overgrazing, compaction and erosion attributable to livestock activity.
Billions of pounds of drug laced feces are produced every year which spill into waterways.
Nitrogen, phosphorous, and other chemicals from pesticides which are used to grow grain leech into waterways.
Transport pollution from harvesting grain, delivering grain, bringing animals to slaughter, and finally taking the meat to supermarket.
Globally, livestock produce about 80 million metric tons of methane annually.
Water Shortages
1,799 gallons of water to create one pound of beef
576 gallons for one pound of pork
468 gallons for one pound of chicken
216 gallons for one pound of soy beans
Which seems more sustainable?
Habitat Destruction
More than 90% of the Amazon rain forest have been cleared since 1970 to be used for global meat production.
Grazing occupies 26 percent of the Earth's land surface, while feed crop production requires about a third of all arable land.
Many coral reefs are destroyed by "drag net fishing"
Pollution
Conclusion
We only have one planet. It is important to use sustainable means to nourish our bodies to avoid the tragedy of the commons.
“Worldwide more than 56 billion animals are slaughtered each year; an average of 650 animals are killed every second of every day”
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