Even though the vegan diet may not be as eco-friendly as you think, it is still a more sustainable way of eating than diets based on animal protein. Here are the reasons.
Vegandiet is quickly becoming very popular with challenges such as Veganuary seeing people join drives, and also many food chains starting their vegan lineup. According The Independentthe number of people practicing veganism has imploded all over the world with millions of people going vegan, but we shouldn’t be too quick to tie veganism to always being eco-friendly…
One of the main rationales behind the IndependentClaims are about the origin of most of the foods that veganism has made popular. He cites the examples of avocados and quinoa, which are imported from Mexico, Kenya and Australia, whose popularity has created price issues in the very countries where they are produced.
Huge water consumption by some crops
According Eco-friendly planetmany cultures have become very popular with vegan diets, which use a huge amount of water. For example, a single avocado needs 60 gallons of water, which is 4 times the amount needed for oranges.
Likewise, walnuts, cashews, and almonds also need plenty of water. The popularity of plant milks from these cultures has also increased the amount of water used.
Plant-based food always has a lower carbon footprint
Despite the problems of some water-intensive crops, it has been reported by Eco-friendly planet and The Guardianthat the plant-based diet always has a lower carbon footprint than any diet that includes animal products. According The GuardianAbout 35% of environmentally harmful greenhouse gases are caused by food production, but the meat industry is responsible for more than double the pollution caused by fruits, grains and green vegetables combined.
Emphasis should be on “homegrown” and locally sourced foods
The Independent cites that one way around the quagmire of ecologically unsustainable consumption of vegan foods is to focus on local food sourcing.
The report cites plant-based diets and seasonal food consumption as two growing trends. By consuming locally sourced foods and seasonal produce, you can reduce the carbon footprint caused by import and transport of foodd over long distances.
As The Guardian states that adopting a diet with less meat is still good for the environment even if one does not become a full-fledged vegan. Although not as environmentally friendly as one might expect, the plant-based diet is still better for the planet than the rest.
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