Veganuary Meaning Explained
Veganuary is a fun challenge that encourages people worldwide to try vegan for the month of January and beyond.
The goal is to support people and businesses alike to move to a plant-based diet as a way of protecting the environment, preventing animal suffering, and improving the health of millions of people.
Our current major food production systems are not sustainable as they decimate forests, pollute rivers and oceans, exacerbate climate change and drive wild animal populations to extinction.
This challenge is especially important because eating a vegan diet has been dubbed as the “single biggest way” to reduce your environmental impact on the earth. Studies have found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce your carbon footprint from food by up to 73%.
Factory livestock farming is significantly responsible for environmental degradation, including deforestation, biodiversity loss, water pollution and exploitation, and the acceleration of greenhouse gas emissions.
Livestock and by-product farming causes a substantial amount of environmental damage:
- Livestock and their by-products are accountable for 51% of all greenhouse gas emissions, worldwide.
- 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
- Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of the Amazon rainforest destruction.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that we have a responsibility to reduce our impacts on Earth- we’re so excited for this year’s Veganuary challenge, and the potential this challenge has to encourage people to consider the planet while making food choices.
Remember, seemingly small actions lead to large collective impacts!
Veganuary Sign up Benefits
There are lots of reasons why people participate in Veganuary.
Each can vary between people. Some do it for personal health, to prevent animal cruelty, to reduce their carbon footprint, or for human equality.
One of the biggest advantages of a vegan diet is the potential this lifestyle has to reclaim our environmental integrity.
In fact, if the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture by two-thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoid climate damages of $1.5 trillion.
Additionally, If everyone stopped eating these foods, they found that global farmland use could be reduced by 75 percent, an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia, and the EU combined.
Not only would this result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions, but it would also free up wild land lost to agriculture, one of the primary causes of mass wildlife extinction.
The Veganuary challenge has grown and continues to grow every year, helping to raise awareness of the impacts of our food choices. This challenge has a huge positive influence on our environment, and the more people that participate, the bigger this impact will be.
So will you be celebrating Veganuary this year?
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