By: Caitlin L.
I know that most vegetarians have thought about it. It gives you the ability to use the Earth as your cafeteria, brag that your diet is 100% “green” and count animals as friends, not a food group. That’s right, it’s veganism. Whether or not this scares you or excites you, it’s safe to say that this is the next step in becoming one with Mother Nature. With all the tree hugging stuff aside, there are some very visible benefits to being vegan, both to you and to your beloved planet Earth. So here are some of the facts so that your decision is an informed one.
For the most part, vegans tend to be a healthier crop of people for the sheer reason that they eat less processed foods and less fat. As a result of this, we see a decrease in blood sugar and an increase in energy (and who doesn’t want more energy at 9 A.M. on a Monday?). For those of us who are a little more concerned with outward effects, being vegan also helps to improve the condition of your skin. Maybe that’s why Hollywood stars have jumped on the bandwagon. We tend to hear a lot more in the media about how being vegan has become “trendy”. Everyone from Pamela Anderson to Glee star Lea Michelle have adopted this lifestyle. Getting veganism into the mainstream does, if nothing else, bring awareness to its benefits.
For those living their life to be as green as possible, the vegan transition could be the one that you are looking for. For one, we eliminate the pollutants caused by factory labor. The food that we are ingesting skips the processing step and thereby doesn’t need to stop at the factory, it essentially goes from the ground right to our dining room table. A smaller known fact may be that animals themselves actually cause pollution. The fecal waste of cattle emits ammonia. The release of that chemical into the air can eventually move into the drinking water, causing algal blooms and fish kills. When supply and demand decreases for animal byproducts, that decreases the amount of pollutants caused by animals.
Now that you have some of the facts, the decision is yours. Are you ready to throw in the grilled sandwiches and the mocha lattes with skim milk to better yourself and the environment?