Is the vegan diet as sustainable as promised?
It is believed that a dietary trend that became famous in recent years, veganism, is the most environmentally friendly among all diets. Although meat and dairy production produces a large percentage of greenhouse gases responsible for the global climate change crisis, veganism is not presented as the most effective solution. The vegan diet, which limits the intake of all food produced with animals, leaves a lot of resources unused. The diet may not be as sustainable as the world thinks.
Meat diets can feed more people.
The most pressing puzzle facing man today is to guarantee the production of enough food for everyone. However, the amount of agricultural land on Earth may not be enough for everyone. In such a scenario, if the majority of the population converts to veganism, agriculture may not be able to provide for all. Diets that have a meat or dairy component mean more food for a greater number of people.
Providing vegan food throughout the year. Following a vegan diet is a one-year commitment to consume only plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and soy. A privilege granted to modern man allows us to obtain the same product throughout the year. With the growing popularity of veganism, the world needs to produce all kinds of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. However, unprecedented amounts of energy are used to grow these products when they are not in season, which, together with packing and shipping waste, have the same effects of deterioration on the environment.
Certain plant-based foods also affect the environment.
The carbon footprint of the food consumed is a cumulative effect of a series of processes. It is found that certain foods have a greater footprint simply because they are imported by air. Fruits such as strawberries and blueberries are often imported to compensate for the lack of local products. With the effects of globalization, imported fruits and vegetables have become commonplace, however, the packaging and shipping of these products have an adverse effect on the environment.
There is no doubt that veganism is the closest to an optimal way of life to ensure a sustainable environment as long as some changes are made in the way plant-based products are consumed. In addition to lending itself to the fight against animal cruelty, veganism promotes the belief in minimalism. For the effective success of veganism, professionals must turn to homegrown products. Horticulture should be the way forward with veganism. Growing the requirements of a home in a garden would guarantee minimal waste and produce enough for everyone. Agriculture, on the other hand, could not meet the growing demands with the growing percentage of vegan population.
By: Taru Medha