Happy Vegan Month my beloved fellows! The seemingly ordinary November grips the most extraordinary meaning. It’s high time to appreciate how far we’ve come and allow whoever curious about veganism to understand key factors in our decision to go vegan and stay vegan.
Veganism is going viral, and explosively spreads across the globe. Our union has expanded a number of times and gets stronger than ever throughout its history. Veganism is not only a dietary choice, but also represents our own ethical system and a perspective to view this world. People may adopt a plant-based diet for religious, health, environmental, animal welfare or other personal reasons. Nevertheless, no matter which diet you adopt, it is an undeniable fact that this move is helping the planet.
Meat consumption has long been our evolutionary heritage. Being a part of the food chain isn’t wrong and it is natural for humans to eat meat. In order to fulfil our never-ending demand for meat, today’s factory farms raise animals with higher-welfare methods, intensively cram thousands into small sheds and wired cages, inject them with growth hormones to shorten growth period, slaughter calves at young age for tenderer meat etc. Raising animals for the purpose of human consumption is unethical and industrial farms are probably the cruelest crime in history. Besides, resources are heavily exploited and we will be paying huge environmental cost for the footprint of livestock.
Food insecurity and global warming become of paramount concern and we need to ensure our future generations can continue to live on this planet with adequate resources. Many Food Tech Companies are already seeking solutions to build a sustainable food system. For instance, Right Treat spent 2 years of comprehensive research to create this nutritionally superior Omnipork which has brought a bounty of positive impacts to humans, animals and the environment. Daiya, another vegan brand, as well developed a series of dairy alternatives e.g. plant milk and cheese to save more cows from suffering and release human burden on planet.
If we start eliminating meat from our diets and reducing carbon footprints, maybe it’s possible to twist this frustrating dilemma. We may reduce carbon emission and alleviate global warming, desertification and glacier melting. Can you imagine how heart-wrenching it is to see polar bears starving to death on an iceless land? There is no Planet B. The emergency is real and veganism is the only solution to save this planet.
Peakz, a vegan snacks company, was inspired by a very young polar bear named Nanook and began its journey in drawing more attention to the impact of climate change on biodiversity and educating children by offering vegan options for snacks.
A well-balanced vegan diet can also bring impressive health benefits. Since plants are cholesterol-free and high in fiber, consuming more plants could improve our cardiovascular and digestive health. Some may say going vegan can shed few pounds off as plants contain less fat and saturated fat, and some may say going vegan can reduce cancer risk as we offload red meat and the carcinogens it contains. It is common misconception that vegans are nutrition-deficient and even top athletes are fueled by plant-based diets. Meat and dairy substitutes are delicious, nutritious and incredibly easy to be obtained at supermarkets.
In fact, many vegans are huge advocates of eco-friendly living. That’s the reason why we treasure brands which insist using natural ingredients, adopting organic farming practice (avoid pesticides), and using recyclable packaging. Our “Mindful Living” series encourages reusable products e.g. Ecoffee Cup, Roll’eat Food Wrap, and selects green household products that are good for the planet e.g. Hyginova Disinfectant and Ecoegg Laundry Egg. Check out more socially-responsible companies from food and auto industry below!
Almost all vegans will tell you that their only regret about veganism is not doing it earlier. If you have already chosen to walk the vegan path, congratulations and thank you for choosing kindness. But if you want a final push to kick start a diet change, remember every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. Start with baby steps, maybe one plant-based meal per week and act as if you are making a difference because it does. Your choices have the power to make real change happen.