My primary reason for becoming vegan in January 2012 was the ethics of the consumption and exploitation of animals. The secondary driver for my lifestyle change was the (lack of) sustainability of meat production. It takes thousands of gallons of water to produce just one pound of steak - much less water is needed to grow vegetables and grain. We feed grain to cattle when this grain could be used to feed people. Most of the deforestation of the rain forests has been to feed cattle. Meat consumption is continually linked with the rising cancer rates. By not consuming animals I am greatly reducing my carbon footprint and I'm a great deal healthier too! The animals win, I win and the planet wins.
Category: Food security: Diet/alternatives