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UK Blog #17: World Vegan Month is Upon Us!

7.11.2019

World Vegan Month is a time to celebrate the past, present, and future of veganism.

With vegetarian roots reaching back to 2,000 years ago and the term ‘vegan’ first being coined in 1944, the concepts of a meat-free and completely plant-based diet have been evolving over the years to create the terms that we are familiar with today.

Our #MakeFoodKinder campaign shines a light on the farming industry and the benefits of a vegan diet.

Why Be Vegan?

Animal Cruelty

The farming industry houses horrific cruelty to animals. To combat this Make Food Kinder is calling on local authorities to reduce meat and animal products, which will aid in excluding the worst animal cruelty that precedes the food being served on a plate. This can be achieved through three simple steps:

·       Reduce animal based-products.

·       Refine food choices which promote higher animal welfare standards.

·       Replace animal-based products with plant-based alternatives.

Environment

According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, raising livestock for meat, eggs and milk generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions - this is more than the combined exhaust fumes from all transportation (emissions from planes, ships, cars and trucks put together),  and current emissions from animal agriculture are expected to rise by 80% by the year 2050.

The food choices we make are far reaching. In effect, we are all writing the future of the planet with the choices that we make on a daily basis. Veganism is an antidote to the changing climate and 71% of the UK now identify as flexitarian, proving to be more open to a plant-based diet.

Health

A balanced vegan diet has been shown to offer a range of health benefits, including lower blood sugar levels, improved kidney function, and protection against diseases and joint pain.

Need some inspiration on what to cook? We’ve got some fantastic vegan recipes for you!

Join the #MakeFoodKinder Campaign Visit https://www.makefoodkinder.co.uk/ to see how you can help reduce the suffering of farmed animals across the globe! 

Aaron Lax

Digital Communications Officer

Aaron.Lax@four-paws.org

020 7922 7954

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FOUR PAWS UK