23/04/14 @ 02:40am
■ miles mcmillan
|In your idea of a perfect world, no animals would be killed/eaten right? So the entire planet would be surviving on what? How long do you think this world would last like that?||◤||
This is a great question. As cool as it would be if everyone decided to go vegan, it wouldn’t happen overnight. As more people decide to switch to a humane and compassionate lifestyle, the demand for animal products starts to decline. When this happens, farmers start breeding less animals for consumption.
What effect does this have on the environment?
- Less carbon dioxide emission (if one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet, they’ll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year)
- less methane production (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.)
- less nitrus oxide (the meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions)
- not to mention that 1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein
- and the diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diets of vegans
- nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat (1 pound of wheat requires 25 gallons)
- you’d save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months
- raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth’s land mass (that’s about the same size as Asia! approx. 17 Million sq. miles. to give you another point of reference, the moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million square miles)
- more than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals
Why is raising animals for food so inefficient?
- 70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals
- it requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat
What does eating meat have to do with people starving in other countries?
- every ounce of water, grain and resources that goes towards an animal who will ultimately be slaughtered is an ounce of water or grain that could have gone to those who so desperately need it. a study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed the world’s agriculture resource data and found that humans cutting meat from their diets could play a significant role in combating world hunger. According to the researchers, 36 percent of the total calories that come from crops are allocated to farm animal feed, but only 12 percent of those calories actually make it to people’s dinner plates. The researchers concluded that if all of the world’s crops were directly consumed by humans, there would be approximately 70 percent more food available, providing sustenance for an additional 4 billion additional people.
Check out this article, in which the UN is urging a global shift towards a vegan diet -
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.”
So, in short, if the planet begins to move towards a vegan diet, our planet would last much longer, there would be better food opportunities for people who don’t get enough, there would be less damage done to the environment, there would be less disease, and maybe the other sentient beings on this planet will finally be treated with the respect they deserve.
22/04/14 @ 11:45pm
|i really want to go vegan because i love animals so much and feel so guilty eating any animal products and it makes me sick, but my mom is a bit skeptical about the vegan diet and isn't so open-minded. anything i can do to introduce her to the idea? and also, do you have any tips for beginners?||◤||
I’m glad to hear that! But to make things clear, veganism is not a diet. It’s a lifestyle. Plant-based is the diet. Veganism includes not supporting zoos/aquariums, animal testing, fur and any form of animal exploitation.
Anyway! First things first: research, research, research!
Vegan Coach was one place that really helped me learn about veganism.
The site format has changed so I’m not 100% sure where everything is anymore, but there is information on iron, B12, calcium, omega-3 and anything that people worry about before going vegan. I’ll also go over that a little later in this post.
Here is a general vegan food pyramid.
So I was going to provide you with other vegan health links and info but i decided I’m just going to use stuff off of vegan coach. The stuff that Patty (founder of vegan coach) has is really great.
Here you can find out pretty much everything about protein that you want— even how much you need. For example, most people seem to think they need a TON of protein when that isn’t the case. I happen to be the example, I’m 105lbs so I need about 47 grams a day. Since I’m active I aim more for 60, and even that is extremely easy.
So… where can you get protein from (pulled directly from the site):
Next, let’s discuss these powerful protein sources.
BEWARE: You will encounter some technical terms such as “grams of protein”.
But fear not, my friend, because it will all become clear in the end.
Hey, that rhymes. :)
Legumes top the list for great sources of plant-strong foods with protein. These include beans, lentils, and organic soy products such as tofu and tempeh.
1 CUP OF MOST COOKED BEANS AND LENTILS contains right around 15 grams of protein.
1 CUP OF COOKED ORGANIC SOYBEANS contains around 30 grams of protein.
1 CUP OF FIRM ORGANIC TOFU contains about 40 grams of protein.
1 CUP OF TEMPEH contains approximately 30 grams of protein.
1 CUP OF SEITAN contains approximately 52 grams of protein. I like seitan — but I consider this a “fun food” and don’t recommend you base your everyday diet on this protein source. That’s because it’s high in wheat gluten, and is difficult for most people to digest.
Meat analogues made with soy (fake meats) are another option for you to consider. Personally, I try to eat very little of them because they’re not a whole food, which as you may know is what I recommend. But if you DO want to add these to your diet, PLEASE do so sparingly. Try to base your diet on whole foods with protein versus these highly processed soy foods which are usually loaded with sodium and many times are not organic — and it’s really important to try your best to eat organic soy. Read the labels to determine how much protein you will find in these foods.
Nuts, seeds, and their “butters” are also fantastic foods with protein that you should include in your diet.
1/4 CUP OF MOST NUTS can range anywhere from approximately 4 grams of protein to 8 or 9 grams.
2-3 TABLESPOONS OF SEEDS provides around 8 grams of protein, with the exception of FLAX SEEDS which will provide you with around 4 grams.
3 TABLESPOONS OF TAHINI provides you with 8 grams of protein.
While everything listed above is a protein powerhouse, there is protein in vegetables and fruit as well, so protein isn’t a problem!
Patty doesn’t have a page on iron anymore, but there is a ton of iron in dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, mustard greens, dark lettuces, swiss chard and so on. There is also a lot if beans and legumes. You can increase the amount of iron absorbed from a meal if you also eat something high in vitamin C, such as an orange.
Pulled right off the vegan coach site again:
- All dark green leafy veggies*, including Kale, Broccoli, Collard Greens/Mustard Greens/Turnip Greens, Bok choy, and green leafy lettuces (such as romaine, red leaf and green leaf), okra
- Green Beans
- Most nuts, especially almonds, hazelnuts, and pistachios
- Most seeds, especially flax seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (AND sesame tahini);
- Pseudo-cereals such as quinoa and buckwheat;
- Beans, especially Soybeans (and soybean products - always buy organic), White Beans such as Great Northern and Navy, Kidney, Aduki/Adzuki, Garbanzos, Pinto, and to a lesser extent Black;
- Calcium-fortified foods such as OJ, non-dairy milks, cereals, tofu (be sure the label for these foods shows that they are calcium-fortified);
- Blackstrap molasses;
- All Dried Herbs. The drying process removes the water content from the plant, leaving the concentrated nutrients behind.
B12 and Vitamin D
Vegan Coach will tell you to supplement. I don’t, and most vegans on this site I know do not. It certainly is not a bad idea, but if you don’t you should be fine. However this is something you should really keep track of. Cereals, fortified milk replacements, fortified drinks (i.e. vitamin water), orange juice, and some fortified tofu’s have it. So, it really shouldn’t be a problem.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Again, it’s pretty easy. You don’t need very much a day. Chia seed, flax seed, peanut butter (in particular the omega-3 fortified ones), some fortified drinks, seaweed, beans, winter squash, leafy greens and more are full of omega-3 so again, as long as you eat a variety of foods you’re all good. All of these also have omega-6, and oils like olive oil have omega-9.
Moral of the story is: eat the rainbow (not skittles) and you’ll be perfectly fine. Most carnists and even a lot of vegetarians suffer from some degree of malnutrition so it’s something they need to be worrying about, but they don’t.
Show these things to your mom. Maybe they’ll make her go vegan too. They’re mostly reasons why to go vegan. You should go vegan for ethics, not health, because as stated above, it is a lifestyle (though plant-based is better than doing nothing).
(taken from vegan-veins ask again because I’m a pleb and misplaced these again):
Vegucated (on Netflix)
Food Inc (Not that great because it still supports “humane slaughter” but it shows the reality in factory farms) (Also on Netflix)
Food Matters (focuses on the health related benefits of veganism) (On Netflix)
Forks Over Knives (also focuses on health aspects of veganism)
This may seem like a lot to remember, but it really isn’t. At first its a little tough but you catch on really quickly. I love being vegan, it’s one of the best things I ever did.
If you need any more help, don’t be afraid to ask!
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Fun shark attack facts:
- In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.
- In 1996, 2,600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.
- In 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
- For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.
- Humans are assholes.
- Sharks are not assholes.
- Apparently everyone in 1996 lived in a real-life infomercial.