Some of you might be wondering why we chose a plant-based diet.
The answer is simple: we want a future for our children.
It became clear to us when we became mothers that we have played a role in the earth’s current state. There’s no denying the course we are on. If we fail to change our lifestyle habits now, we will soon reach a tipping point that cannot be reversed. The earth’s temperature will rise to unprecedented levels and with it will come disastrous outcomes. This will fall on the shoulders of the next generation. But we still have time to change the direction we are heading.
We have decided to harness our individual power to take immediate action. Adopting a plant-based diet is the most significant change an individual can make to have the greatest impact on the environment. We need to come together as global citizens and fight for this cause.
Did you know?
- Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all the transportation combined (Steinfeld et al., 2006).
The meat industry is responsible for: Deforestation in the Amazon, elimination of species, depletion of our oceans, water scarcity, excessive land use, water and air pollution, and land degradation (Steinfeld et al., 2006).
“91% of all deforested land in the Amazon is used by the livestock industry,” (Siewierski & Siewierski, 2016).
About 5 million acres of rainforest are destroyed every year by the livestock industry worldwide (Siewierski & Siewierski, 2016).
5. In 2010 “Agriculture, particularly meat and dairy products, accounts for 70% of global freshwater consumption [and] 38% of the total land use,” (Carus, 2010).
- Scientists predict a 40% shortage of freshwater sources by 2030 (Siewierski & Siewierski, 2016).
“It takes about 2400 gallons of water and 12 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef,” (Siewierski & Siewierski, 2016).
Animal excrement from animal agriculture is directly responsible for ocean dead zones (Macklin, 2016).
And the list goes on… Check out our Resource page for more sources of information.
This is not just another food blog. We’ve created veganleeks as our first step towards making a difference. We hope that you will join us.
Carus, F. (2010, June 2). UN urges global move to meat and dairy-free diet. The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/environment
Macklin, M. (2016, September 13). Animal agriculture – Killing more than just cows. How farm run-off threatens marine life. Retrieved from www.onegreenplanet.org/environment/how-factory-farm-run-off-threatens-marine-life/
Siewierski, M., & Siewierski, M. (2016). Food Choices. United States: New Root Films.
Steinfeld, H., Gerber, P., Wassenaar, T., Castel, V., Rosales, M., & de Haan, C. (2006). Livestock’s long shadow: Environmental issues and options. Rome, Italy: United Nations FAO.