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AHHHH! Veganism! It’s not as scary as so many people think, y’all! I think that there are too many people who have prejudice towards veganism. There are so many misconceptions about the lifestyle that are commonly believed to be true – that all vegans are hippies and tree-huggers, stick thin and don’t get enough protein, and are aggressive towards anyone who isn’t a vegan (cue eye roll). The truth is that people adopt a vegan lifestyle because it is sustainable, ethical, and healthy. Imagine you’re eating a cheeseburger. What’s in a cheeseburger – bun, beef patty, cheese, and possibly lettuce and tomato? The beef patty on your burger is the flesh of a cow, which has been grind up into chop meat. That one pound of beef you bought to make the patties cost you much more than what you paid for at the register – it also cost 2,500 gallons of water, 55 square feet of  rainforest, 16 pounds of grain, and 80 kg of carbon dioxide. Wow. Moving onto the dairy – the cheese. Cheese is made from cow’s milk (usually). In order to get milk from a cow, the cow has to be pregnant. Once that baby cow is born, it doesn’t get its mother’s milk – we do. The baby cow will be separated from its mother shortly after being born and might end up being slaughtered to become veal. Once a cow can no longer produce milk, it becomes dog/cat food, soup, or low-grade hamburger meat. Ouch. And if the saying, “You are what you eat” is true, there must be some health consequences to eating meat and dairy. To name a few, high cholesterol, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis are all possible consequences to eating a diet rich with meat and dairy. Of course, there are people who argue that organic and humanely raised foods are better for you. That may be slightly true, but definitely NOT sustainable. Imagine how much land and food would be needed to raise those animals.

No, I’m not 100% vegan yet, but I’m on my way. I’m watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Cowspiracy, reading books like The China Study, and trying new vegan foods and recipes. I want to live a vegan lifestyle so that I can live longer, and so can the world and its animals. I’m researching coral reefs at the moment, and the three main causes for their decreasing population are ocean acidification, nutrient pollution, and overfishing. All three are because of us. For example, ocean acidification is an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by oceans. 51% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are due to the meat and dairy industry. If we continue to live like this, coral reefs and the fish species that rely on them (25% of the ocean’s fish) may no longer exist. I don’t want to be a part of that kind of destruction.

Here are some more facts about veganism…




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