If you hesitantly clicked on this blog post, thank you. Don’t worry, this is not going to be one of those rants vegans are stereotyped to go off on--accusing people of hating animals, being monsters, saying that they should be ashamed of themselves, etc. This is for every single person I have met within the past three years who was genuinely curious about what stopped me from consuming animals and animal byproducts.
If you are not one of these people who is interested in actually learning about my experience, I will kindly ask you to exit from this post.
When people have asked me about what made me go vegan, I usually sum it up in these three bullets (I’ve attached a few links because I know some of you will want to read the sources):
In short, animal agriculture, especially factory farming:
causes more greenhouse gas emissions than all transportation emissions globally (including all cars, trains, boats, planes, etc.)
is the cause for up to 91% of the deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest, the largest generator of photosynthesis and therefore oxygen, in the world
is the cause of ¾ of the world’s fisheries being exploited or depleted
consumes more than half of the United States’ produced grain, and 40% of the entire world’s produced grain, rather than feeding people
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. I can go more in depth, but overall, abuse and torture are oftentimes everyday and necessary acts in the animal agriculture system. I also just don’t agree with the slaughtering of sentient beings who don’t want to be killed.
Both sides of my family have histories of diabetes, high cholesterol, and cancer—all of which have been clinically proven to be results of consuming animal products.
(take a look at my infographics under the Portfolio tab for sources)
I got my bachelor’s degree in Health Science with a concentration in Nutrition because I was genuinely fascinated by the topic. I decided on this major before I went vegan. Throughout my college career, I was taught by unbiased, licensed and practicing registered dietitians with PhD’s from Ivy League universities. From studying the human anatomy and physiology, anthropology, psychology, and the long list of sciences from a neutral standpoint, I concluded that consuming a plant-based diet was right for me.
My goal in regards to veganism is never to convince, but to simply learn from each other and share differing or similar opinions. I’m well aware that food is a sensitive topic, and I appreciate your respect. If you want to read more about my experience as a vegan and how I transitioned to being vegan, keep your eye out for another blog post, “How I Went Vegan,” coming soon! Thank you for being open-minded by choosing to read this post. I hope you enjoyed it, and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!