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Vegans and the WORLD!

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Article courtesy of by CHLOE. Chef Contributor, Lauren Kretzer. 

You don’t need much convincing that going vegan doesn’t = a life of deprivation (um, have you met our Mac n’ Cheese?). It really sweetens the deal to discover that your new diet is also majorly helping to save our planet. That’s right– giving up animal products goes a very long way toward protecting beautiful Mother Earth, and we need all the help we can get right now when it comes to being KIND to our planet!!!

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So how exactly is choosing that Guac Burger over a traditional beef patty helping to solve a major planetary crisis? The answer is simple– animal agriculture (or, in simpler terms, the act of raising livestock for food) is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions. That’s more than the combined exhaust of all trains, planes, and automobiles globally. SCARY TIMES! If everyone switched over to a vegan diet, we’d see a drastic reduction in emissions. Emissions from beef and lamb are 250 times higher than those from legumes, and pork and poultry are roughly 40 times higher. We just knew there was something special about the humble lentil!

 

Additionally, meat production requires massive amounts of water. To put things in perspective, 1 pound of meat (roughly what you’d buy in order to make burgers for a family of 4) requires 2,500 gallons of water to produce (that’s about 50 full bathtubs). Skipping purchasing that pound of meat will save more water than if you decided to stop showering for six months straight. Instead of not showering, reconsider purchasing that pound of beef next time you’re at the supermarket, and pick up some portobello mushrooms instead. When you consider the fact that the meat and dairy industry use up roughly 1/3 of our Earth’s precious fresh water supply, it’s easy to see why we’re better off plant based.

 

So, when someone asks you why you’re vegan, you can answer truthfully and with confidence: “Vegan food is delicious, and I’m helping to save the world.”