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There’s no denying the connection between our appetite for meat, dairy, and eggs and the health of the planet.

Globally, the livestock system occupies nearly half our land and uses 23 percent of freshwater supplies. On top of the massive amount of resources we’re using to fuel our eating habits, industrialized animal agriculture also takes a toll on the environment. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that livestock production is responsible for 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions while other organizations like the Worldwatch Institute have estimated it could be as much as 51 percent. It seems like politicians and leaders are finally taking a stand for the planet — and they’re realizing that the easiest way to do this is to change the way that we eat.

A vegetarian for all of his adult life, Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Opposition and the Labor Party in the UK, is one of the politicians leading the way in the fight for the planet and for animals. For example, the committed vegetarian tweeted earlier this year that he plans to help plant-based businesses grow.

And now, Corbyn has recently suggested he is in the process of eating more vegan foods! “I eat more and more vegan food and have more and more vegan friends. There are quite a lot of vegan MPs actually – not a lot, but there are some,” Corbyn told cruelty-free beauty brand, Lush when asked if he was turning vegan.

Corbyn continued his discussion of eating more vegan foods by stating, “The food has got a lot better and vegan food – one of my close relatives has just become a vegan and I went to her house for dinner and it was absolutely brilliant. So I’m going through the process, all right? I won’t go any further than that.”

 

This is certainly a step in the right direction! British daily newspaper, The Guardian defended Corbyn by saying that, “Vegans should be encouraged: their choice is high in moral as well as digestive fiber.” In fact, it seems that they were so inspired by Corbyn’s actions and motives that they publicly have endorsed eating a vegan diet. Not too shabby!

And we couldn’t agree more, with the plant-based food sector is currently valued at $5 billion, it’s clear that the move away from animal products is largely due to consumers’ rising concerns about animal welfare, personal health, and importantly, sustainability. As we approach a population of 9.8 billion by 2050, we are being forced to answer the question of how we’re going to feed the world without completely exhausting all our natural resources. With this in mind, we’d all be wise to heed Corbyn’s message!

Ready to cut back on your meat and dairy intake? If you’re interested in learning more about how your food choices can help the environment, check out One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet campaign.

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wendy maddy
1 Months Ago

i tried to become a vegan for two years, but became anemic and was told to add lean red meats and salmon and other fish to my diet as well as take an iron supplement to bring my body back to normal function. though i had eaten spinach and other iron rich foods including nuts and seeds, and iron rich vegetables, it was not enough. at my age, we don\'t metabolize vegetable iron and protein as well as animal protein and iron, so i was told by my dietician and my heart doctor to make the change. everything returned to normal as soon as i did, and i am far more active than i was before. i feel great, actually. of course i still love my veggies and fruits, nibbling on salads at least twice a day, if not more. but i have had two incidents with nuts involving almonds i would like to caution you about. both times, so far, it involved mixed nuts and a good quantity of them at a sitting. nothing went wrong until it hit my lower intestine and colon, when i experienced excruciating pain in my lower bowel and colon area, and that led to anal flatulence and explosive diarrhea, my stools turning black, and soft, then when there was no stool because i stopped eating anything solid, only liquids, i had clear mucus and bright red blood mixed together. bowel samples ruled out any viral or bacterial infections. after twelve weeks of suffering from the first attack, and a course of a severe antibiotic, i returned to normal life and activities. but after ingesting a small can of mixed pistachios, peanuts, cashews and almonds (I have never like almonds all that much), within 24 hours the same symptoms reappeared, so now i know not to have anything with whole almonds or even any almonds in it again, and probably not even the easier to digest, softer nuts for awhile, either. it now appears that the jagged edges of undigested almond slivers must have in some fashion perforated my bowels in the end result of the digestive process. since that is where there is most likely to be a lack of lubrication, that is where the damage is occurring. i plan a soft diet and mostly liquids to give myself a chance to repair and recover, hopefully without the need for surgical intervention. as for jeremy corbyn, he has the white hair of an alcohol drinker and caffeine drinker, though i don\'t know his personal habits. i only know that my hair, and i and three years older than he, is not at all white yet, with only a shorter 3/4 inch frame on either side of my face of lighter hair that is not quite gray either; it is more like a light brownish white. the rest is as dark a brown as ever. i eat a varied fresh diet of mostly organic foods, eschew processed foods, and abhor tobacco or drugs of any kind unless prescribed for a specific condition. i garden and exercise lightly so as not to hurt any part of my body. my favorite is swimming in the backyard small pool. badminton. pingpong. gentle dancing. leg raises from the couch either lying in it or holding onto the back of it. arm swings. toe touches. yes, i am limber enough to do that. there are older people than myself who can still do acrobatics. keeping stress out of life is important both by personal attitude and avoiding stressful people and situations. instead of getting upset when something goes seriously wrong, i try to be good hearted about it and keep in perspective, and not make it worse by my attitude. instead, i try to make light of it or find some humor to lighten the atmosphere. it takes a well rounded perspective not to harm our bodies, and the wisdom of balanced perspective. i have fun and enjoy the company of others. let\'s see if we can respect the balance of nature and the omnivorous nature of our dentition that tells us that we are made to eat a variety of foods. if i had my druthers, i would not eat animal flesh. out of not wanting to kill a sentient animal before its time. reality is that i do not stay healthy if i don\'t. reality is that we also kill the seeds of plants by eating them, such as corn on the cob. it is delicous uncooked and right from the field, by the way. but how is the corn to propagate itself if we eat all of the kernels? a balanced lifestyle is, it turns out, the healthiest way to go. not propagating too many children is another one. and staying faithful to one person is the ideal.


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laura
07 Sep 2017

Explain please, why eating VEGAN animals gives us any nutrients we can\'t get from plant based nutrition? The origins of amino acid protein, vitamin, mineral and phyto nutrient is in the plant world, even B12 comes from the ground, not animals. Using animals as vectors has placed this earth in a dire state of degradation, like what eating animals does to the human body. Fascinating similarity between what we do to animals and what we do to our planet. Fascinting and haunting.

ahimsa42
07 Sep 2017

http://joedubs.com/humans-are-frugivores-fruit-eaters/

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes."

Carola
1 Months Ago

The animals thank you!


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Alessandra Ferrari
1 Months Ago

Great. More and more people are adopting a vegan lifestyle. Way to go!


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Silver wing
1 Months Ago

One more contribution to the vegan movement!
We\'re approaching the goal, slowly but surely!


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