Here we are in the middle of the series. I am answering a question that I am often asked, “Why are you vegan?” I am not here to change anyone, but if you are curious as to why I make the choices I make, read on.
In January 2010, Scientific American published an article by Michael Moyer and Carina Storrs, ‘How Much is Left?’ to try to explain what planet Earth had left to give us. It is a difficult question, I admit. But it is a valid question. One worth trying to answer.
According to that article,
By choosing vegan, I am using fewer resources. My children and their children and their children (you get the picture) will have access to important resources needed for their survival.
I could say, “I am just one person. What I do doesn’t make a difference.” We could all say that. And we would be right. Or I could say, “I have the power to make choices that can change the lives of others now and forever.” We could all say that. And we would be right.
And we could
- Feed 5 times more people.
- Save 1 billion starving people.
- Save 55 billion animals worldwide.
- Conserve clean water.
- Consume less fossil fuels.
- Save the rainforest.
- Reduce pollution.
- Maintain cleaner air.
I know that I do not need to eat animal products for my health. My doctor tells me that I am incredibly healthy, much more so than most people half my age. I’d rather leave a planet my children’s children’s children can thrive on.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” – Haida Proverb
I would love to hear your thoughts!