How Going Vegan will Save the Planet: Explained!

Save the Planet Go Vegan!

Climate change has been an issue for a while, but little has been done to address it, leaving us striking and demanding for change. As we fight for change and look at the factors that have caused climate change, there is changes we can make as individuals that positively impact the environment. A good start is to go Vegan! OR at least reduce your meat consumption. Veganism is the single biggest way you can help save the planet and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some facts you may or may not have already known. Think of it as facts for thought (Get it? Instead of food for thought).

  • Producing 2 pounds of beef emits more greenhouse gas emissions than driving your car for three hours straight! Imagine all the reduced emissions if everyone went vegan? Eating no meat is actually better than riding your bike to work every day, who would have thought?
  • 80% of the agriculture land in the USA ALONE is used to factory farm animals. Imagine if we turned all that land into beautiful nature reserves or conservation areas.
  • Chicken, cattle and pigs are the biggest consumers of water. A single pig consumes 21 gallons of drinking water per day. That’s 7,665 gallons of water a year!
  • And speaking of water, factory farms produce billions of pounds of manure each day. And where does that manure go you might ask? Our lakes and rivers! All of the manure used to fertilize crops end up running off into waterways, polluting groundwater. In fact, agriculture runoff is the largest source of pollution in water ways.

Now just imagine, if everyone was vegan, we’d have 80% more land, cleaner air and cleaner water. Climate change is up to all of us, and it starts with us, the consumers! Go vegan or reduce your meat consumption. If there is no demand for meat, companies have no choice but to begin producing less meat. The same goes for vegan products. When demand for vegan products increases, companies eventually increase supply to meet the demand. Of course, there are many excellent reasons to go vegan. Animal cruelty, health benefits but also the environment. And so, we leave you with this, #Savetheplanetgovegan.

Source:

People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals. (2019, 10 02). Veganism and the Environment. Retrieved from PETA – Animals Are Not Ours: https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/animals-used-food-factsheets/vegetarianism-environment/

The Vegan Transition: The 3 Tips That Transitioned My Sister & Mom Into Vegan/Vegetarian.

The Vegan Transition

I have had so many people ask me how I transitioned into veganism, and the truth is, I just quit cold turkey! But I understand not everyone can do that, especially if you have been accustomed to eating meat and dairy products your whole life. I’ve given many people tips and advice based on what I’ve learned from helping my sister and mother transition. Here are three simple tips to keep in mind when you’re just starting your transition.

1.     Take a look at your diet and decide where you can start cutting out meat. 

One of the most important things to remember when transitioning into veganism is that your taste buds change over time. If you’re someone who has a lunch meat sandwich every day, start by slowing cutting down the amount of meat you put on your sandwich. Once you feel ready, replace it entirely with plant-based foods. More often then not, people find it hard to cut out meat because its apart of their routine, so take a look at your eating routine and decide what’s the least challenging thing you can cut out and start there. Over time, your taste buds will adjust to the taste of vegetables, beans, legumes, etc and you’ll start craving those rather than meat and dairy. 

2.     Don’t eat boring foods! Eating vegan meals can be delicious and fun.

If you’re a vegan you’ve heard a million times “what do you eat, salad?” Of course, I eat salad, but I also eat delicious veggie burgers, wraps, nachos, pizza, tacos, etc. If you’re transitioning into eating a plant-based diet, the worst thing you can do is eat boring foods. If you’re just going to be eating salads every day then, of course, you’re going to find it hard to stick with it. Find inspiration online, social media is full of people who share their delicious vegan creations. Once you start having fun with your vegan dinner, you won’t even think about going back to your old meat eater ways!

3.     Find substitutes that work for you.

Not every product on the market is going to be your favourite so experiment and find ones that you love. If you’re someone who loves hamburgers, find a veggie burger that you love so when you’re craving a burger you can reach for that. With veganism on the rise, the number of products coming out is unreal! You can basically find a vegan substitute for any regular meat/dairy product. Ice cream, pizza, hotdogs, hamburgers, you name it and you got it.  

Although transitioning to a vegan diet can be difficult, it is so worth it and once you’ve done it, I can promise you, you won’t think twice about going back. The vegan lifestyle is a great way to help yourself become a healthier version of you. If you’re just starting your transition, of your helping someone else start/get through I hope these tips are beneficial to you. If you have advice or a tip that you think may help someone, or want to share your story, comment below!

I Became Vegan at Age 12

Christy Lalonde, Co-founder of Vegtago has been vegan for 10 years.

Hey everyone! This is my first ever blog post so please… bear with me here as I learn, but I wanted to come on here and share my story with everyone. In the past few years, veganism has been growing and I am so excited to see it happen! 

    

Where It Began

My story began when I was 12 years old. The year was 2009, I was a little grade 7 student. I had first heard of the idea of being a vegan through twitter (yes, I joined twitter in 2007…), from a musician I admired. I didn’t know anything about being a vegan or what it meant or why anyone would want to be a vegan. I, like most children, grew up eating chicken dinners and bacon breakfasts (totally gross now!!). It wasn’t until one day, I decided to do more research into what “vegan” was. I began watching videos of how horrible slaughterhouses were and how inhumane animals were treated.  Those videos, which I’m sure all of us have seen, absolutely horrified me. They made me sick to my stomach and it was at that moment I decided I was never going to support such an incredibly horrible industry.

That night my parents informed me they were making steak for dinner; it was at that moment I told them of my newly made decision to stop eating meat and animal products. Of course, I received a negative reaction from my parents, they thought I was crazy and often told me I was just going through a “phase” and that soon I would overcome it. In the years to come, my parents tried there best to make foods to accommodate my new diet. In 2009, there were very little vegan options on the market. It was hard to find good veggie burgers and other alternatives. They struggled to cook me dinner and constantly begged me to give up on being a vegan and return to a “normal” diet. I knew deep in my heart I could never. I constantly told them, I am an animal lover and being an animal lover means loving ALL animals including pigs, cows, and chickens. The beginning of my journey was difficult because I had never met anyone vegan, and my parents and siblings always made little remarks to me about how ridiculous cutting out meat was. Nevertheless, I stuck through all the jokes and remarks because I had very strong beliefs and wanted to stand for those beliefs. At the time, it was hard to eat out with friends because virtually no vegan restaurants existed, and regular restaurants had little or no vegan options. The early days were difficult but now with so many vegan alternatives, restaurant, and even grocery stores specifically selling vegan foods, it is so much easier to be a vegan!

    Presently, I now use my experience to educate and support others in their journey to becoming a vegan. In 2009, only approximately 3% of North Americans identified as vegetarian or vegan, today that number has quadrupled! 10 years later and I have now gotten my mom to embrace and accept a vegetarian diet and also converted my sister Jessica to veganism! I believe through education and awareness we can all be apart of the change and in the future, the vegan population will outnumber the population of those who still eat meat and animal products.