Why Are People Going Vegan For The Planet?

Why Are People Going Vegan For The Planet? | theskinnyfoodco

Why Are People Going Vegan For The Planet?

Year after year, more people are cutting out meat from their diets - with some going all the way and becoming vegan and adopting a entirely plant-based diet. 

A recent report from finder.com showed that the number of vegans in the UK skyrocketed by 40% before the end of 2020 - this is expected to increase by the end of 2021.

It's pretty clear that veganism is on the rise - but why are people going vegan for the environment?

What is the Problem?

Animal agriculture is the single largest driver of habitat loss and rainforest deforestation. Additionally, Livestock is one of the leading causes of global warming.

Here are some statistics on animal products and animal agriculture:

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for producing between 14.4% and 18% of total greenhouse gas emissions - which is more than the worlds entire transport system
  • Animal products are responsible for 83% of emissions in an average EU diet, compared to only 17% of plant based good 
  • In the UK, is it estimated that 85% of agricultural land is used for animals, which is almost 50% of the entire land mass of the UK
  • Cattle ranching is responsible for 80% of the amazon rainforest loss

The University of Oxford stated that even if fossil fuels were immediately eliminated, the emissions produced by the agricultural sector alone would make it impossible to limit the global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius.

It is evident that a change in our diets is essential to reduce our impact on the planet.

If we all went vegan, the world’s food-related emissions would drop 70% by 2050, according to a 2016 report on food and climate in the academic journal, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Adopting a plant based diet will reduce agriculture emissions by up to 73% in high income nations and would free up to 75% of agricultural land globally.

Is it Too Late To Make a Difference?

The good new is, absolutely not! Keeping Climate Change to a tolerable level isn't totally impossible, but it is important to act now and make changes to your lifestyle.

If we all went vegan, the world’s food-related emissions would drop 70% by 2050, according to a 2016 report on food and climate in the academic journal, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Adopting a plant based diet will reduce agriculture emissions by up to 73% in high income nations and would free up to 75% of agricultural land globally.

What Can I Do?

A recent study finds that veganism is the single best way to to reduce our environmental impact. 

1. Adopt a Plant-Based Diet

Two plant-based meals a day cuts your food-related carbon emissions by 50%, and switching to a plant based diet could reduce agricultural emissions by as much as 73% in high income nations.

Although it is clear that adopting a plant-based diet has an impact on the environment, it is important to have a balanced vegan diet as some vegans can be at risk of missing out on important nutrients.

Research is key to having a balanced plant-based diet. Look into what food provides what nutrients such as protein, iron, B12, calcium, omega 3 and zinc. Introduce supplements if you have to. 

We have lots of Vegan Based Blogs which can answer some of these questions on going vegan. 

You should also follow vegan creators, activists and news outlets online for information, recipes and guidance - or watch vegan documentaries to expand your knowledge. Some examples are:

Adopting a plant based diet can also have a number of health benefits, including an improvement on your heart health and reducing blood sugar levels. Read our 5 Heath Benefits of Going Vegan Blog for more information. 

2. Introduce Savvy Swaps

Transition at your own pace - in the majority of cases, turning vegan doesn't happen overnight. By making simple adjustments to your diet can help you reduce your carbon footprint and ensure you're eating a balanced diet.

There's lots of food swaps you can introduce to your diet: 

  • Milk: There's lots of plant milks you can substitute dairy milk with, including almond, oat, coconut, soy milk or use our Dairy free vanilla creamer.
  • Dairy: Use vegan butter, vegan cheese, plant-based cream, coconut cream and diary-free yoghurt as alternatives. 
  • Eggs: Eggs can be replaced with scrambled tofu.
  • Protein Sources: Use tofu, tempeh, pulses, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and 'vegan' meats
  • Remember to eat a lot of leafy greens, other vegetables and fruits too!
  • Without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the U.S., China, the European Union and Australia combined.

Vegan alternatives and products are becoming more and more accessible in leading supermarkets, even Restaurants and Cafes are introducing more vegan options for people to enjoy.

Read our Easy Vegan Food Swaps for a Plant-Based Diet Blog for tips on going vegan and savvy swaps with The Skinny Food Co Products.

The Skinny Food Co Vegan Recipes

Stuck for Vegan Recipe inspiration? We are plenty of delicious vegan recipes on our Recipes page, such as:

1. Vegan Tiffin

Vegan Tiffin is not only super simple to make, it's also extremely yummy! 

We've packed this one with delicious crunchy ginger nut biscuits, dried cranberries and pistachios and encased them in rich, smooth dark chocolate, giving you a crunch with every bite.

Use any of our zero sugar, zero calorie syrups to give a luscious velvety feel, just like we have. This time, we chose our wonderful sugar free Golden Syrup!

View the recipe.

2. Bang Bang Cauliflower

Our take on the delicious Bang Bang cauliflower is bound to be a huge hit for the whole household. Using our Virtually Zero Sriracha Hot Chilli Skinny Sauce means this dish is super low in sugar and calories, and can be enjoyed by any spice-loving sauce fan, as it's dairy free, gluten free and of course, low in carbs.

View the recipe.

3. Vegan Lemon Cake

This cake takes Vegan cakes to the next level!

It's gorgeously moist, is soft in texture and has the perfect balance of sweetness against the zestiness of the lemon. We use our brand new zero calories, sugar free Lemon Tea Syrup to help flavour this wonderful cake and it doesn't disappoint.

View the recipe.

 

 

 




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