• Mariam Gevorkian

Veganism: a milenial trend or the future?

Updated: Nov 23, 2018

Veganism definition

A way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

Veganism in the UK have risen 350% over the last 10 years - which comes as no surprise as the benefits of going vegan are paramount. Whilst adopting a healthier diet which reduces chances of getting heart disease, you could be also contributing to improving the environment. But is this simply a social trend powered by social media or is this an active movement which will only grow and perhaps positively impact our future?

Veganism is otherwise known as the diet that helps fight climate change. Some people may often question the extent to which their diet affects their body and our planet... whilst others are completely oblivious to the fact that their food consumption contributes to global warming. 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, forestry and other land use, claims the UN IPCC Report of 2014. This level of pollution is greater than the emission released by cars, making it twice as more contributive to global warming.

The University of California have tracked the way the production of food emits greenhouse gasses. Their data has indicated that the level of carbon pollution released by different diets varies, making some diets more harmful to the environment than others. A single serving of beef releases 330 g of carbons where as a serving of chicken releases 52g, fish 40g and vegetables 14g.

Whats more is that livestock accounts for 14% of greenhouse gas emissions. Although this figure may seem low, it is in fact the same level of contribution transportation makes to pollution. The methane gas released by the livestock is 25x more potent than Co2 which is nothing compared to the damage done due to the maintenance of the livestock which also takes up a lot of land, fertiliser and 1 b tons of grain.

The controversy intensifies further as 3.5 billion people could be fed with the amount of grain that is produced for livestock. The grain being distributed to feed poorer countries would not only reduce starvation in LEDC's but reduce the methane release by livestock.

The consumption of meat world wide is way too high for our own good. With US being the highest meat footprints per capita, we need to start making changes in our diets to save our planet.

Veganism is the future in the sense that it will save the future as it continues to grow as a milenial trend. The annual dietary greenhouse gas emissions for vegan and vegetarian diets is enormously lower than a diet consisting of meat. The figures and facts are clear and they point to the narrative that the future of our planet is in our hands or should I say, in our plates.