Why Going Vegan Is the Most Powerful Resolution You Can Make for 2018
Looking for the best bang-for-your-buck new year’s resolution? Ditch animal products in favor of delicious and healthful plant-based foods—it’s a resolution that will change you and the world. Here are a few reasons eating vegan is the most powerful resolution you can make for 2018:
Protects Animals From Abuse and Neglect
Farmed animals are easily the most abused animals on the planet. From the moment they are born, they are subjected to cruelties that few of us can imagine, including extreme confinement and mutilations without painkillers.
Each year the average American consumes around 30 farmed animals. By choosing animal-free foods, we spare animals a lifetime of horrific suffering.
Battles Climate Change
Climate change is one of the biggest threats to our existence, and animal agriculture emits more greenhouse gas than all forms of transportation in the world combined! By rejecting meat and other animal products, we can significantly reduce our carbon footprints.
Skipping meat is a great way to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Plus, a report published in Men’s Journal found that people who followed a plant-based diet had an early mortality rate 20 percent lower than meat eaters!
Preserves Our Water
Animal excrement and other agricultural runoff from large-scale farms have polluted nearly one-third of rivers in the U.S. Meat production is also incredible wasteful—it takes 576 gallons of water to produce one pound of pork, 880 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk, and a whopping 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.
Some of the most affordable foods on the planet are rice, beans, legumes, pasta, and all kinds of fruits and veggies, making eating vegan a great way to save money! Click here for seven tips for eating vegan on a budget.
Helps Keep Workers Safe
Factory farm workers are exposed to countless workplace hazards, including injuries, respiratory illness, PTSD, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine found that 10 out of 22 workers tested carried potentially deadly bacteria.
Creates a Better World
Factory farms and the widespread problems they cause are simply out of step with the values of most Americans. We can all work toward a less violent, more compassionate, and more sustainable world just by eating vegan versions of our favorite foods.
Ready to give it a shot? Click here for delicious meal ideas and tips on making the switch. Already vegan? Please share this page with your non-veg friends and family!