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Vegans Ahoy!

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Veganism is a lifestyle choice by which a person decides to live without the use of ANY animal products. Like vegetarians, vegans obviously don’t eat meat but in addition to that they also don’t consume anything else that has come from an animal such as eggs, cheese or milk. It doesn’t just stop at food products however as there are lots of clothing items that a true vegan can’t wear because the way it’s made. Most commonly shoes and trainers are an issue due to them often been bound using glue made from horses hoofs.

Every individual has different reasonings for why they became vegan with many having issue with the morals surrounding animal rights. There is however a strong environmental argument in favour of people eating vegan. This argument is based around several points one of which being that the energy and supplies used to rear livestock heavily outweighs the resources it would take to simple grow the food we feed to the animals to feed us…if that makes sense?
Basically we grow corn to feed animals – the animals get fat – we transport them – kill them – transport them – eat them. The more environmentally and vegan solution is for us to simply eat the corn.

The other environmental issues is methane. Cow’s produce lots and lots of CO2 that does have a huge effect on climate change. And yes – we can’t stop cow’s farting however if there was less demand for livestock there would be less cow’s and therefore less smelly CO2 ridden cow farts.
A study in 2006 by the University of Chicago showed that on average an individual changing from a regular diet to that of a vegan would reduce their CO2 emission by 1, 485kg per year. Which is quite a lot.

Veganism does however have it’s drawbacks. Through eating plant products exclusively vegans do miss out on certain important nutrients. Studies show that vegan diets are  lacking in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium and iodine, all of which is severe can cause serious health problems. A distinct lack in vitamin B12 can result in anemia and neurodegenerative disease although it is rare for a B12 deficiency to become clinical in most vegans.

There are plenty supplements around for vegans to take on these vitamins in other ways such as vitamin tablets and fortified foods such as soymilk fortified with calcium. It’s highly recommended that anyone wishing to lead a vegan lifestyle regularly take on supplements.

Veganism is a lifestyle choice that is growing and becoming more popular with supermarkets catering for the needs of a vegan diet more and even lots of vegan specific clothes retailers producing clothes without the use of any animal products.

What do you think of veganism? We want to know! Maybe you’re thinking of becoming vegan or perhaps you think it’s a load of tosh either way we want to know why!