Go Vegan!


Veganism has emerged as the fastest growing lifestyle movement in recent years. It is a lifestyle that evolved from the belief that humans can coexist with all other living beings peacefully, without using or exploiting them in any fashion. Vegans abstain from the consumption of any foods directly or indirectly derived from animal sources and adhere to a philosophy that rejects the co modification of animals. Thus, besides subsisting on a plant-based diet, vegans also avoid products of animal origin or those that are tested on animals, with compassion being a key factor for the growth of the vegan movement.





Vegan India movement




History





Veganism has probably existed for thousands of years without having a term to define it. The Brokpa tribe of Ladakh, for example, has thrived by eating vegan for more than 5,000 years in the harsh Himalayan terrain. Several vegan communities were in existence in the United States and England during the 19th century. Donald Watson coined the term ‘vegan’ when he published the first edition of The Vegan News, and co-founded the Vegan Society at London in November, 1944. The Society soon made clear that it rejected the use of animals for any purpose, not only in diet. The World Vegan Day is held every November 1 to mark the founding of the Society. The World Vegan Month was  established  in  1994  to  commemorate the  forward movement  of  the  ideology,  as well  as the  creation  of  The Vegan  Society  in  the UK  in November, 50 years earlier.





Why vegan?





Veganism is about animals. Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only one reason for becoming vegan, but for many, it remains the key factor. Ethical  vegans  avoid  animal  products  on  the premise  that  their production  causes animal  suffering and premature death. In the dairy industry, newborn male calves are use- less to dairy farmers, so they are taken away from their mothers within 24-72 hours of birth. If not killed and discarded immediately, they are sold into the beef industry and raised for their flesh. The veal industry would not exist if it wasn’t for the dairy industry. The  female  calves  are  also  taken  away  from  the mother only  a  few hours  after  birth. Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated by artificial insemination and forced to produce up to ten times more milk than they would naturally. The overuse of their udders leads to painful infections such as mastitis, which can also cause pus and blood to be filtered into the milk that humans then drink. A cow with a natural life span of 25 years lives for only five to seven years on a factory farm.





Vegan for health





Consumption of animal products has been linked to heart disease, type-2 diabetes, many forms of cancer, strokes, hypertension, dementia and osteoporosis and many of  them  can  be  treated  by switching  to  a plant-based  lifestyle. Well-planned and plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fiber and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the biggest health issues.





For the environment





The production of animal meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment. The vast amount of  fodder  required  for meat production  is a significant  contributor  to  deforestation,  habitat  loss and  species extinction. It takes 15,500 liters of water to produce one kg. Beef, contrasted with 180 liters for one kg.  Tomatoes and 250 liters for one kg. Potatoes. Globally, farming uses about 70 per cent of the planets accessible freshwater. This is compared to around 20 per cent for industry, and about ten per cent for domestic use. Making the switch to veganism is one of the easiest, most enjoyable and most effective ways to reduce ourimpact on the environment.





Veganuary





The January month is traditionally a time for new beginnings and resolutions and the Veganuary campaign taps into this. It challenges all the people to try veganism for one month in  the hope  they will  either  give  up or  reduce  their consumption  of  animal  products  permanently  once January is over. The idea was initiated by vegan couple Jane Land and Matthew Glover in 2013 and it has grown to be a worldwide movement.


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