A little more about veganism

What is veganism?

Veganism is a lifestyle that avoids the consumption of animal products–be they foods, clothing or accessories.

What are some reasons for exploring a vegan lifestyle?

Compassion

Our animal neighbors are sentient, self-aware, and capable of experiencing both pleasure and pain. They deserve our respect, and they deserve freedom. Animal agriculture is responsible for the death of over 56 billion animals worldwide each year–not counting fish, who have also been shown to possess sentience and a capacity for suffering. Even animals raised under the most “humane” circumstances–which is to say, even some of the cows that are grass fed, and chickens that are “free range”–suffer tremendously to become or provide human food.

We all have the power to opt out of a system in which animal life is devalued and exploited by choosing the vegan lifestyle. Vegan diets are healthy, flavorful, and fun; vegan clothing and accessories are increasingly accessible to consumers. With every grocery, restaurant, and clothing purchase you make, you have the power to object to animal cruelty and support a compassionate world view. And you can do it all without sacrificing taste or pleasure.

The Environment

Animal agriculture is hugely taxing on the environment, resulting in an enormous portion of carbon and methane emissions. Animal agriculture also demands that a tremendous amount of food be grown to feed animals such as livestock, which means that it uses up extra water and land resources. Eating lower on the food chain is a wonderful way to reduce your carbon footprint–and save lives!

Health

Vegan diets can be tremendously healthful. Vegans and vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease overall, as well as lower BMI and decreased risk of Type II diabetes. Plant-based diets naturally emphasize fiber-rich foods, which are associated with strong cardiovascular health and reduced risk of colon cancer. And plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, are also rich in micronutrients like antioxidants, which may help to protect us against chronic disease.

Vegan Starter Kits / Aid

These online, free starter kits will help you take the first big step toward plant based living:

http://www.veganoutreach.org/starterpack/
http://www.tryveg.com/img/vsg0501.pdf
http://www.vegkit.org/