"[Properly planned vegan diets] are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases… are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes. American Dietetic Association Volume 109, Issue 7, Pages 1266-1282 (July 2009)
Meat is not green. Consuming meat is actually one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. It is wasteful and causes enormous amounts of pollution, and the meat industry is also one of the biggest causes of climate change. Adopting a vegan diet is more effective than switching to a “greener” car in the fight against climate change.
Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many it remains the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Having emotional attachments with animals may form part of that reason, while many believe that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Specifics aside, avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways you can take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere.
Animal agribusiness is responsible for a long list of human rights atrocities because of its overuse of arable land (using 10-20 times the amount of land and energy resources needed to grow plant-based foods). The fewer farmed animals we feed, the more people can be feed. This is resulting in starvation and cultural displacement. Additionally, animal agribusiness is the #1 cause of displacing indigenous peoples – tearing down rainforest and taking over land lived on for countless generations.
"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." —Albert Einstein