A case for veganism
I watched an excellent documentary on Netflix the other day with the amusing conjunctive title of 'Cowspiracy'. You can read all about it at http://www.cowspiracy.com.
Basically it started off with a guy really questioning the value the environmental movement is having in improving our world. He hits on this idea that 'animal agriculture' uses vast amounts of the world's resources - particularly water - and looks into that in more detail. The more he looks, the more he finds that the organisations whose mission it is to protect our environment seem to either not understand the affect animal agriculture is having, or worse, are purposely avoiding the issue. It was really well done, starting out with a curiosity about why this issue wasn't being addressed more actively, and ending with some extremely hard-hitting information which really made you question the food choices you make every day.
So after watching that, and following up with a few more documentaries on similar topics, I've decided to do my bit for the environment and possibly for my own health, and refrain from eating anything that comes from an animal.
It's been an interesting experience. After about 3 weeks I can confidently say I've really enjoyed the new cuisine. There's been some adjustment required when shopping. It's actually been a relief to not have to think about buying anything from the meat and dairy isles - it kind of simplifies things. In fact trying to eat as many whole foods as possible means I now get a lot more of the shopping done without even leaving the fruit and veg section of the supermarket!
I think a lot of people just don't think about it. Dairy and meat is so ingrained in our culture, it seems so 'normal' to eat those things, we just take it as a given that it's fine and right. But I encourage you to stop and really look into the research around animal agriculture and it's affect on our world. Here's a few things to get you started. Consider this, research it yourself, and come to your own conclusions.
- Did you know it takes 660 gallons of water to make one burger? That's 38, 8 minute showers!
- Did you know it takes 12 bees their entire lifetime to produce one teaspoon of honey?
- Around 70% of the land cleared in the Amazon is used to graze cattle.
- And the kicker - independent of the above info, would you still eat meat if you had to kill the animal yourself?
I'd love to hear other perspectives, both for and against, and reasons behind your decision. If you remain a meat-eater, have you made that decision consciously?
'Food' for thought!