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If you are a vegetarian or enjoy a plant-based diet but aren’t sure you want to make the switch to veganism, we want to share two big reasons why going vegan is better for you and the planet.
Vegetarians and those who enjoy plant-based diets often believe that their food choices align with their ethical convictions, but this is often not the case.
It is believed that dairy cows do not suffer or die for their milk production, but this is false. Dairy cows often suffer for many years, being forced to over-produce above natural levels of milk production. When they are no longer effective at producing milk, they may be killed because they are no longer beneficial to the dairy company. The same goes for egg-laying hens. Learn more details here.
It is believed that honeybees don’t suffer or die when we take honey from their hives, but this is inaccurate. Beehives are often cracked open and the bees are practically suffocated when humans take their honey – honey they need to survive.
It is believed that various animals are used for their entire bodies – meat, bones, and fur are all used by humans – but this isn’t true. Different breeds of animals are bred for one specific purpose, such as meat or fur, which means only portions of their bodies are being used after they are killed – and killing them does not honor them.
While beneficial in many ways, being vegetarian does not care for the entire animal or for every animal. Being vegetarian only helps solve part of the problem. Being vegan, however, means caring for the whole animal and for every animal.
If you are concerned with sustainability, then consider going vegan.
Vegetarians and those with plant-based diets do help with the sustainability efforts in their community and globally, but again, they can only help so far.
Vegans only opt for wholesome foods with many plants, no animal products, and fewer processed products, which means their foods take less energy and fewer resources to grow. This naturally reduces the vegan’s carbon footprint.
However, food is not the only way to go vegan. We must also consider the clothing we wear, and personal care items, household products, and the other goods we buy. Vegans are often more environmentally-conscious than vegetarians because they purposefully seek out vegan products while a vegetarian can still ethically wear fur and leather while abiding by their vegetarian lifestyle.
Now is the perfect time to go vegan because World Vegan Day is on November 1 and the entire month of November is World Vegan Month.
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