Thanks for tuning in on this blog series explaining why I went vegan. As you may know from my first post in this series, I started transitioning away from the consumption of animal products for health reason. I believe a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in animal products is the best track towards optimum health. However, that alone was not enough for me to give up meat entirely. I was still justifying occasional consumption of meat until I had another “click”.
The second reason for my transition to veganism- Environmental Impacts.
Ever heard of the saying, ignorance is bliss? After I watched the documentary What the Health my eyes were completely open to the tremendous environmental impacts of the animal production industry on our Mother Earth. Justifying a burger now and then when it came to my own health was no longer an option, now I saw my choices to eat meat affecting every other being on this planet, and not in a good way.
A big part of who I am as a person has to do with sustainability, I am energy conscious, I recycle and compost and am always eager to learn new ways to do more for the planet. Saying no to eating animals is one of the most effective changes towards sustainability. Since that fateful documentary day, I have not consumed the meat of a dead animal.
But even still, I was totally one of those vegetarians that was like “But cheese is sooooo good”. Ha! It would be an entire year before I was ready and open to go fully vegan.
If you are interested in reading some of the startling facts, here is a link to an article published by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations outlining the detrimental environmental effects of the animal production industry. This was published in 2006. I believe you can easily find current facts and figures if you can stomach reading them. I share the pain.
Stay tuned for Part 3!