By Kristen Johnson
Today we celebrate my favorite holiday – World Vegan Day! The holiday started in 1994, as a way of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the start of the the Vegan Society. In addition to general revelry, it’s a time to promote the benefits of a vegan diet, and veganism in general. (daysoftheyear.com).
Besides the obvious benefits for living creatures, living as a vegan can also help save the planet. 70% of the grain grown in the U.S. goes to feeding livestock instead of feeding humans. Refusing to eat meat can reduce that need, which can in turn be used to feed the world. Veganism conserves water because it takes 100-200 times more water to raise livestock than it does to raise plant foods! Livestock pollutes water, and it also erodes and pollutes the soil. Livestock causes more air pollution than all the modes of transportation combined. (Global Citizen).
The vegan diet is better for the health of animals, the environment’s health (as indicated above), and your health! People who eat red meat and processed meats die prematurely more than other people. Following a plant-based diet can reduce or eliminate chronic diseases, like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Eating animal fats and proteins has been shown to increase developing diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease. (Huffington Post).
Following a vegan diet will save animals, the environment, and your own health. And, your soul will feel better too because you won’t be participating in needless suffering. Instead you’ll be practicing compassion and kindness.
Proverbs 31:26 (NRSV): She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
Serve all with love.
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