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Vegans eat a plant-based diet which does not include meat, dairy, eggs, or other animal-derived ingredients. Many people choose a vegan diet for health reasons. When motivated by concern for animals and the environment, vegans also refrain from using animal products for clothes and other items.
For the first time in human history, largely preventable “lifestyle diseases”—diseases related to diet, environment and behavioral habits— are killing more people than contagious diseases.
Top U.S. killers such as: cardiovascular diseases (heart attacks), cancer, and diabetes correspond with consumption of meat, dairy, and eggs.
Vegan diets, on the other hand, have significant health benefits, including reducing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart attack, stroke, and several types of cancer.
The U.S. leading authority on health and diet confirmed that humans have no biological need for animal products. They state: “It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
Leading U.S. health care provider Kaiser Permanente urged its physicians to recommend a plant-based diet to ALL their patients. The article notes, “Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods … Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity.”
Learn more with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's Power Plate.
We’re taught to think of farm animals as nameless, faceless herds and flocks. But just like cats and dogs, animals used for food have personalities and emotions. They feel joy, affection and pleasure, as well as fear, grief, and pain. The raising and slaughtering of farmed animals for meat, dairy and eggs causes them immense physical and emotional pain.
It is a common misconception that animals are not harmed in the production of eggs and dairy. In fact, the egg industry in the U.S. kills 30,000 newborn male chicks every hour because they won’t be able to lay eggs. Similarly, dairy cows have to be continually impregnated so that they will produce milk, but because their male calves won’t be able to produce milk, they are bred for veal. In short, the veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry.
Learn more about the hidden harms of eggs and dairy at Humane Facts.
Animal agriculture is leading contributor to climate change, rainforest destruction, pollution, natural resource depletion, and species extinction.
To help the environment, the United Nations recommends “a substantial worldwide diet change away from animal products.”
Raising animals for food is inefficient and wasteful. Farmed animals eat far more calories and protein than they produce. Consider that we feed then slaughter for food about 70 billion land animals every year, about 10 times more than the number of people on earth.
Essentially, meat is a form of food waste.
We could feed four billion more people by shifting away from growing crops for animal feed and fuel, and instead growing crops for direct human consumption. Efforts to reduce global hunger should focus on sustainable plant-based approaches wherever possible.
Learn more at A Well-Fed World.