10 reasons to go vegan based on facts and numbers.

Three reasons why people choose to become vegan are empathy for animals, care for their own health, and care for the environment. Veganism is a combination of noble emotions, responsibility, and common sense. Here are 10 facts that might make people think seriously about switching to a vegan diet:

       1. More than 20% of the meat produced ends up as food waste.

  1. Meat production pollutes the planet more than all cars, trucks, planes, trains, and ships combined. Incredible, but true. Breeding animals for food causes 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions (more than transportation).

  1. Producing just one burger is the equivalent fuel required for the average car to travel 30 kilometers.

  1. The production of one kilogram of meat requires the consumption of as much as 18 thousand liters of water.

  1. Meat consumption increases the risk factor of cardiovascular diseases. A US study found that men who consumed higher amounts of meat were 27% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease. For women, the risk was elevated by 50%.

  1.  If everyone stopped eating meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products, our environmental footprint would decrease by 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per year, or 50 percent more.

  1. When compared to the production of rice or potatoes, beef production requires as much as 160 times more land, 100 times more water, and produces 11 times more greenhouse gases.

  1. We raise 1.5 billion cows, 19 billion chickens, and 1 billion pigs just to name a few of the animals, for food. There are now three times more cows living on earth than there are humans. Livestock production accounts for half of all arable land.

  1. More than 200 million land animals are killed for food around the world every single day. A big reason why people in the world are dying of starvation is because the grains we could feed them are fed to livestock instead. Starvation is also a result of climate change that causes drought and flooding, and animal agriculture is a major contributor to climate change.

  1. One serving (½ cup cooked) of beans provides about 7 grams of the protein, or the same as 1 ounce of meat. Non-animal sources of protein are much healthier as they don’t contain saturated fats. Beans and legumes are also much higher in fiber and antioxidants which promote better health.