2019: The Year Of The Vegan
Writer: Farah Karim
You’ve heard about people going vegan; either because it’s trendy or because of health reasons. But surely, you can’t deny that veganism is taking the world by storm. Vegan products are getting a lot better and it’s becoming more convenient than ever before. With businesses booming with vegan alternatives, it’s easy to see why The Economist and Forbes consider 2019 to be “The Year of the Vegan”.
But what’s the deal with going vegan?
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What is veganism?
Veganism is basically the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. Not just in terms of food, but also for everything. From makeup to clothes (i.e. leather, wool), it’s an entire lifestyle change. It rejects seeing animals as a commodity and instead, sees them as species that we collectively share the Earth with. Think about it like having a roommate with fur?
Why go vegan?
There are so many reasons why people decide to go vegan. Some for environmental purposes, some for health purposes and some because of their love for animals. Jessica Scott-Reid, author of Maclean, notes that there is a rise in demand for vegan meat substitutes throughout the world. She emphasises that “Animal agriculture is killing the planet – and that’s why 2019 is the year that veganism becomes a moral imperative”.
With 45% of Earth’s total land and 91% of the Amazon forest gone due to raising animals for food, it’s literally destroying the world’s ecosystem. From the air to the land and to the water, natural resources are being exploited to fuel animal agribusiness with catastrophic results.
However, cause of its bad rep, many aren’t interested in the idea of being vegan because of the lifestyle change that it entails. Some argue that they wouldn’t be able to cope. But the move towards going vegan doesn’t have to be a 360 degree change. Start small. Start with eating less meat, switching to soy milk or cutting out cheese. You don’t have to go cold turkey to go vegan.
Are you keen on trying the vegan diet? Why not go Vegan this January? Follow 300,000 other people in pledging towards “Veganuary” where people try living a plant-based diet for a couple of weeks. It’s not as hard as you think and maybe you might actually incorporate some veganism into your life!