Ahhh, the big question.
My vegan journey started after I took some classes in school where I learned a lot about sustainability. This is where I learned that animal agriculture is the reason for a SLEW of environmental degradation.
This includes (but is by no means limited to):
- 1 lb. of beef takes 660 gallons to make (aka 2 months worth of showers)
- 51% of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide are caused by livestock (more than the transportation sector!)
- Animal farming uses 70% of Earth’s accesable fresh water
- If fishing rates stay the same or grow at all, by 2050 the oceans will be fishless
…just to name a few.
Even though sustainability was my reason for taking the vegan-plunge, I’ve become increasingly more aware of the health benefits (a TON) and ethical principles (TRUE) I’ve adopted since making the choice. I’ve linked below some valuable resources for why you should go vegan, and why leaving off the meat and cheese is a better choice in every regard.
Check out this paper I wrote on the sustainability of animal agriculture for some more info on the ~details~ of farming practices Sustainability of Animal Agriculture