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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Veganism

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Veganism

A vegan is someone who does not consume any animal products, such as meat, dairy, fish, eggs, leather or fur. Veganism is also seen as the stricter form of vegetarianism, as it is more of a lifestyle with the goal to avoid animal cruelty in every possible way.

I personally have been vegan since December 2017. I also feel like you can never learn enough about veganism and it’s impact it can have on us, the animals and the environment.

That’s why I have put a list together of 10 vegan facts you might have not known about:

 

#1 Veganism was “created” in 1944

The first time the word “Vegan” was introduced was in 1944. Donald Watson and his 5 other vegetarian friends had a meeting to discuss the importance of vegetarian diets and lifestyles. Since all of them were already following a non-dairy vegetarian diet  they felt like they needed to find a new word, which would give this new movement a better meaning. By using the first 3 words of “vegetarian”, they created the word “vegan”. Donald Watson called it “the beginning and an end of vegetarian”.

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#2 If everyone went vegan, we could save 8 million human lives by 2050

According to a Oxford Martin School Study done in 2015, by the sole action of cutting out red meat of a diet and adding an increased intake of fruit and vegetables, up to 8 million human lives could be saved by 2050. In addition to that, a total calorie intake reduction would lead to a lower number of obese people and therefore less related deaths caused by inadequate nutrition.

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#3 Every year around 90,000 male dairy calves are being shot right after birth.

Male calves are of no use for the dairy industry and they are not good enough for beef production. That is why around 90,000 calves are being shot in the head soon after birth. Male calves are being seen as a waste product, as there is no use for them on the market.

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#4 A free-range egg has nothing to do with a happy chick running around outdoors

Legally, it is a allowed for a free-range egg farmer to keep 16,000 birds in one building. So in other words: there are 9 birds per square metre of space. There are also no rules about how often the birds have to go outside. This means that most birds never get to see the sunlight.

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#5 Every year 1 trillion to 2.8 trillion fish are killed every year.

These fish, that are being killed, are either for direct consumption from aqua-farms or caught in the wild to feed the farmed fish we then eat. 1 trillion to 2.8 trillion fish is about 143-400x the amount of the entire human population.

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#6 Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers and Magnum all offer vegan ice cream.

Ben & Jerry’s now offers 11 vegan flavours, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Chunky Monkey. Also, Magnum has just launched two vegan ice cream flavours!

No more need for us to consume the dairy version, which is in any way super bad for us. I mean it is 2019, why are we still consuming dairy?

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#7 Meat substitutes grew by 451% in Europe from 2014 to February 2018.

In addition to that legumes like beans, lentils or soybeans also increased by 39%, which shows that people are becoming more and more aware of the types of foods they put into their bodies. Amazing, right?

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#8 Cutting meat and dairy reduces the land use by 76% and halves the greenhouse gases that are caused by food production.

Out diet can have the biggest impact on either saving the planet or destroying it. Shifting from an animal based to a plant based diet is the future and the right way to go.

Why?

Animal farming takes up 83% of the world’s agricultural land, but provides only 18% of our calories.

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#9 Vegans have a lower body mass index and lower cholesterol levels.

A study who has compared the health of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans has shown that vegans have the lowest BMI and the lowest levels of cholesterol.

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#10 Germany is the global leader at vegan product development.

In the last 5 years vegan food launches have more than doubled. In the meantime Germany accounted for 15% of global vegan introductions (between July 2017 and June 2018).

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What surprised you the most?

 

With love,
Jess

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