Biology

Does veganism save the environment?

Vegan diets have gained popularity over the last few years. Vegan is someone who chooses to eat foods made from plants only. This means no cheese, eggs, meat or fish. There are several studies showing that a vegan diet can be healthier than a normal diet but if you read articles on this site you know that it’s not that simple.

In a recent post i discussed how healthy or unhealthy a vegan diet can be. There are many alterations, many ways you can have a vegan diet. Some choose to not even cook their foods for some reason leading in significant nutrient deficiencies. Such diets based on pseudoscience are certainly harmful but i guess at some point it’s considered natural selection….

Anyways, vegan diets can be very healthy when done correctly and even healthier when organised by a professional. Certain Asian and mediterranean diets can also be equally healthy though. At the end it’s all about what you are willing to sacrifice and what are your preferences.

But what about the environment? Vegans always say that if we stop eating meat we would significantly reduce the environmental impact from meat production. It has been shown that this is true, as much as i like meat i have to admit that such a change would significantly improve emissions from farms.

New studies show more evidence to support this claim and as we move forward it may be smart to consider replacing meat with artificial meat or with reducing the meat we consume daily. Meat and dairy products are consumed at huge rates. This is abnormal as most experts say that meat including fish should not be consumed more than 4 days a week. I am not a vegan or a vegetarian but i do see the benefits of such diets. I don’t have an opinion about the “emotional” “killing animals” part but…. Let me know what you think in the comments on the site.

Sources: Reducing the environmental impact of global diets , Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers

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