This November is World Vegan Month, a great time for anyone who’s curious about the benefits of eating vegan to take our pledge and give it a go for 30 days.
It’s never been easier to go vegan. This year alone, a huge number of restaurants, major supermarkets, and other food brands have embraced plant-based eating by releasing new vegan menu items, products, and even whole ranges free of animal-based ingredients.
Google searches for “vegan” have increased by 380 per cent in the last five years, and savvy businesses are stepping up to meet the ever-growing demand.
Not only is eating vegan on trend, it’s the best thing you can do to prevent animals from suffering. In the meat, egg, and dairy industries, female animals are repeatedly forcibly impregnated and babies are torn away from their mothers. Animals are typically kept in filthy and severely crowded conditions and fed a cocktail of drugs and chemicals that may cause their bodies to become oversized, resulting in numerous health problems. Then, often when they’re only a few months old, they endure a stressful and terrifying trip to the abattoir, where many are killed while still conscious.
People who are concerned about their impact on the Earth should also take a look at the environmental consequences of animal agriculture. Pollution from farms, destruction of rainforest and other natural environments for pastureland, and the inefficient farming of crops to feed animals are wreaking havoc on the planet. Consequently, choosing plant-based foods can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint.
In addition, opting for a diet based on vegetables, fruits, grains, pulses, and other wholesome plant foods is so much better for our health than loading up on fatty, cholesterol-laden meat, eggs, and dairy “products”. And if you’re craving something indulgent, vegan chocolates and other snacks are widely available, and you can create a huge variety of delicious dishes.
Getting started with a vegan diet can be as easy as swapping a few of the products you use every day for plant-based alternatives. You could switch from cows’ milk to soy, almond, coconut, or oat milk and from butter to dairy-free spread. Why not also try some of the tasty vegan cheeses that are now easy to find at supermarkets?
If you sign up to our vegan pledge this November, you’ll receive helpful advice by e-mail to get you started. You’ll also find some handy resources on our website, including vegan recipes and lifestyle tips.