With the growing environmental and health concerns, it has become a global phenomenon for a great number to adapt to the vegan lifestyle. To us, this does not consist of the way we chose to eat alone, but the companies and brands we support, and how each and every action we engage in each day has a phenomenal ability to either contribute to the significant damaged we cause towards our health and the planet, or support ourselves, animals and all other life, in each act we carry out.
The washington post reported that researches found that shifting to a plant-based diet on a global scale could reduce between 6 and 10 percent of mortality saving millions of both human and animal lives, and billions of dollars relieving the health care system of tremendous strain in combating conditions such as heart disease, stroke and cancer, particularly in developing countries. The study found that more than half of these conditions would be so prevalent if the consumption of meat was reduced. More recent research according to the washing post, indicated how agriculture and especially eating meat, contributes to climate change, due to the greenhouse gas emissions. On top of that, the increase of deforestation to make space for animal agriculture can dramatically reverse climate change, if the planet’s forests being a major storage of carbon, are spared. In spite of studies proving the positive impact of meat reduction is order to decrease the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, switching to the vegetarian and vegan diet still proved to having greater results on emissions.
The market for non-dairy products and meat alternatives are expected to reach $5 billion by 2020 and more than 1/3 of consumers are open to plant based products. According to Mintel, An award-winning provider of market research, alternatives such as veggie burgers and dairy free milk have sky rocketed now accounting for 20% of the overall market,with sales increasing by 40% between 2013 and 2014. The demands are not only for the growing number of those against animal products, but also for consumers with lactose intolerance and those concerned about the new health risks arising from the consumption of dairy. The growing popularity in plant-based alternative products suggests that they could gradually take over those which are mainstream, as consumers become more health conscious and food business owners recognise the huge benefits in catering to customers who want to live a healthier as well as more ethical lifestyle.
With the growing number of research regarding the dangers of meat, and a significant amount of links between a diet high in dairy, gluten, saturated fats and disease, it has become of great importance to us, to advocate a plant based diet, one that has proven on a numerous occasions, to support those with physical aliments and even go as far as to reverse disease. With hidden dangers, an excess of sugar and preservatives filling the products of the foods young people are easily seduced into buying, it is critical that we bring awareness towards the detrimental impact such produce overrun with sugar and saturated fats can cause, and teach our youth how to search for alternatives devoid of ingredients that will be the perpetrator and the result of a society plagued with disease. The fact that not everyone is committed to studying the ingredients on the labels of the food brands they regularly put into their bodies is another great concern, especially when it comes to parents with hectic lifestyles feeding their children on ready made meals. Lack of awareness regarding the amount of hidden sugars has caused obesity in children to tripped in England over the pst few years as bupa reports “Worldwide over 42 million children under five were overweight in 2013. If the current trends continue, the number of overweight or obese children will increase to 70 million by 2050” with the NHS reporting that obesity in children is up to 15% in comparison to 20 years ago. Another report from the independent claimed that “by 2030 there will be 26 million people in the UK who are obese-a rise of 73% from the current 15 million”.
All this adds an additional £1.9 billion per year in medical costs for diseases that are the cause for obesity. With the growing rise in this, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, respiratory diseases, liver diseases, stroke and cancer, it is of great urgency that we educate and secure the future of the next generation, by providing them with fundamental knowledge and tools to support their own health. In spite of this only becoming recent news, extensive studies and research have now linked processed meat to a variety of cancers. Without recognizing the essential role fresh vegetables and fruit play not only in protecting us against disease, a vast majority of our youth will neglect and weaken their health causing the risk of developing a number of diseases later in life, putting an immense strain on an already greatly pressured heath care system dealing with the epidemic of obesity now rising at an alarming rate. We live in an age where is no longer sufficient any longer to eat only to maintain health, we must also eat to fight disease and illness. The world health organization recently reported the danger of processed meats and the risk factor for cancer, re-emphasizing the importance of a plant based diet that can potentially ward off a large number of detrimental health conditions.
About the author
Jwaydan Moyine is a classically trained Film Composer, Pianist, Cellist, Singer/Songwriter, and a Writer and Entrepreneur. She founded Earth Children to bring awareness to matters regarding the Environment, Animal welfare, Sustainable & Conscious living, Wellness & Humanitarian issues. She is heavily involved with activism for animal welfare in the UK and Egypt and child welfare in Syria, Thailand and Romania. She resides in Berkshire Running an organic food farm, an organic skincare company, and an online platform called Vegans & Elephants, bringing awareness to matters regarding the Planet, Plant based nutrition, Cruelty free living & the necessity of adapting to Veganism for the sake of Sustainability, Animal welfare and our Health. She has several qualifications in nutritional therapy, culinary medicine & holistic healing. You can find out more on what she is doing over at the Earth Children Facebook Page!
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