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Helping to heal the environment around us and within us.
Agriculture accounts for about 70 percent of freshwater use, making it “the world’s largest water-consuming sector.” Each day, a person who eats a plant-based diet saves 1,100 gallons of water.
Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change
Research finds that food production is responsible for up to 30 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal products accounting for about three quarters of these effects. Vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with the greatest reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions.
Help Biodiversity Thrive
Each year, we lose approximately 32 million acres of forest, mostly to agriculture. The loss of forests, trees and wetlands fuels the extinction and endangerment of many species. The removal of trees and other types of vegetation reduces available food, shelter, and breeding habitats.
Let the Greens be Green
Overgrazing by livestock has damaging effects to our green grasslands, including the prevention of biomass replacement and hindering plant regrowth and can initiate processes such as desertification, salinization, soil compaction, soil water-logging and soil erosion. Colorful biodiverse gardens help maintain a properly balanced ecosystem by nurturing pollinators, birds and other wildlife.
Minimize Agricultural Land Use
Agriculture occupies 40 percent of Earth’s ice-free landmass with animal products having a large environmental footprint on our croplands. Studies project that if Americans ate more beans and less beef, we would require 42 percent less cropland.
The creation and disposal of manure has devastating effects on the air, water and soil. Manure which contains antibiotics, heavy metals and artificial growth hormones contaminates waterways and are applied to croplands. A diet devoid of animal products and rich in organic fruits, vegetables and grains decreases the amount of toxins entering the air, water and soil.
Unhealthy diets are the largest global burden of disease. Eating more plants and fewer animal products could prevent 10.9 to 11.6 million premature deaths from heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions every year.
Healing Your Gut
High-fiber foods, found only in plants, help promote healthful and stable gut bacteria. Following a vegan diet promotes a diverse microbiome which is definitive of a healthy microbiome.
Increased Energy Levels
A plant-based diet, which is low in saturated fat and free of cholesterol, helps improve blood viscosity, or thickness. This helps more oxygen reach the muscles, which improves energy and athletic performance.
Reduce Pain and Inflammation
Meat and dairy consumption and high cholesterol levels exacerbate inflammation, which can result in pain and impair the bodies performance and recovery. Studies show that a plant-based diet has an anti-inflammatory effect on our bodies.
Improved Immune System
A diet packed with fruits and vegetables is high in antioxidants such as carotenoids and flavonoids. Flavonoids possess antiviral capabilities while carotenoids aid in protecting cells from oxidative damage, enhancing T-cell responses and boosts killer T-cell functioning.
Neutralize Free Radicals
Eating a plant-based diet means eating more antioxidants. Antioxidants help neutralize free radicals that can lead to muscle fatigue, reduced body performance, and impaired recovery.