itsnyaaabetch said: In your idea of a perfect world, no animals would be killed/eaten right? So the entire planet would be surviving on what? How long do you think this world would last like that?

vijara:

This is a great question. As cool as it would be if everyone decided to go vegan, it wouldn’t happen overnight. As more people decide to switch to a humane and compassionate lifestyle, the demand for animal products starts to decline. When this happens, farmers start breeding less animals for consumption.

What effect does this have on the environment?

  • Less carbon dioxide emission (if one person exchanges eating meat for a vegan diet, they’ll reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 tons per year)
  • less methane production (chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are collectively the largest producer of methane in the U.S.)
  • less nitrus oxide (the meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide emissions)
  • not to mention that 1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein
  • and the diets of meat eaters create 7x the greenhouse emissions as the diets of vegans
  • nearly half of all water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food. it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat (1 pound of wheat requires 25 gallons)
  • you’d save more water by not eating one pound of meat than you would by not taking a shower for 6 months
  • raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth’s land mass (that’s about the same size as Asia! approx. 17 Million sq. miles. to give you another point of reference, the moon has less area than that, at 14.6 million square miles)
  • more than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals

Why is raising animals for food so inefficient?

  • 70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals
  • it requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat

What does eating meat have to do with people starving in other countries?

  • every ounce of water, grain and resources that goes towards an animal who will ultimately be slaughtered is an ounce of water or grain that could have gone to those who so desperately need it. a study published earlier this year in the journal Environmental Research Letters analyzed the world’s agriculture resource data and found that humans cutting meat from their diets could play a significant role in combating world hunger. According to the researchers, 36 percent of the total calories that come from crops are allocated to farm animal feed, but only 12 percent of those calories actually make it to people’s dinner plates. The researchers concluded that if all of the world’s crops were directly consumed by humans, there would be approximately 70 percent more food available, providing sustenance for an additional 4 billion additional people.

Check out this article, in which the UN is urging a global shift towards a vegan diet -

"A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.

As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.”

So, in short, if the planet begins to move towards a vegan diet, our planet would last much longer, there would be better food opportunities for people who don’t get enough, there would be less damage done to the environment, there would be less disease, and maybe the other sentient beings on this planet will finally be treated with the respect they deserve.

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View of the swan river from mount henry bridge Perth WA. Where I do my running. A full loop from bridge to bridge is 7.5km, usully takes about 45mins. Atm bc of the weather I run the bridge back and forth for 5km…25mins seems to take, but have done it in 22mins…aiming for less! Just got myself a heart rate monitor so I can train smarter not harder! I used to run on a treadmill but I love this spot, I can still do intervals and still run under cover when it rains. Beats the shit out of a treadmill!

View of the swan river from mount henry bridge Perth WA. Where I do my running. A full loop from bridge to bridge is 7.5km, usully takes about 45mins. Atm bc of the weather I run the bridge back and forth for 5km…25mins seems to take, but have done it in 22mins…aiming for less! Just got myself a heart rate monitor so I can train smarter not harder! I used to run on a treadmill but I love this spot, I can still do intervals and still run under cover when it rains. Beats the shit out of a treadmill!

Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That’s who you really are, let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe it.

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peaceful-moon:

riannafinch:

beben-eleben:

This just shows that something once “ugly” can turn beautiful. Life changes. People change. 

Nah son, this shows chlorophyll being replaced by anthocyanins through hydrolases

wasn’t even ugly in the first place u racist

peaceful-moon:

riannafinch:

beben-eleben:

This just shows that something once “ugly” can turn beautiful. Life changes. People change. 

Nah son, this shows chlorophyll being replaced by anthocyanins through hydrolases

wasn’t even ugly in the first place u racist

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By The vegan feminist agitator

Happiness is: full boxes of bananas and greens!

Happiness is: full boxes of bananas and greens!

God dang I wish fruit was cheaper here in australia, my calories are limited bc of my budget, I would love to see how my body would change/react/cope with 3000cal/day. Still stuck to my 2000 or slightly less. #studentlyfe

God dang I wish fruit was cheaper here in australia, my calories are limited bc of my budget, I would love to see how my body would change/react/cope with 3000cal/day. Still stuck to my 2000 or slightly less. #studentlyfe

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Anonymous said: Psssst what is raw till 4

porcedex:

Pssssst raw till 4 is a version of 801010, which is a high-calorie and high-carb vegan lifestyle, that involves getting the bulk of your calories from both raw and cooked high carb plant based foods!
Traditionally, 801010 is a raw vegan lifestyle in which the bulk if your calories come from fruit, with very little overt fats like nuts and avocado. Raw till 4 is an adaptation of that, which I find to be a lot more realistic for the average person. The title is a suggestion, not a rule, as there is nothing magical about 4pm that changes the way one digests certain foods. It simply suggests that your first two meals of the day consist of mainly fruit, and your last meal or two meals or however many meals you choose are dominated by cooked carbs such as rice, potatoes, or pasta, for example.
I prefer a raw till 4 lifestyle currently because it is more versatile. When I was fully raw, I would have to eat before going out with friends and then just sit in the restaurant drinking water and watching while they ate. Now, I can order all kinds of things. Pad Thai with only veggies and no egg(verbatim how I order it, plus please and thank you), para with marinara sauce, pizza with veggies and no cheese, rice with pico de gallo and guacamole at Mexican restaurants.. There’s really nothing I can’t do! Though I did feel incredible eating fully raw and there are many valid reasons why a person might want or need to do that, it isn’t currently realistic for me. Some days I do only crave raw fruits and veggies, some days I want warm savory comforting foods. I’m doing me 100%. Also, rt4 is much cheaper and easier, in my experience.
The reason it is suggested that you eat raw for the first part of the day and cooked in the evenings is for digestive ease. Fruits digest extremely quickly, and adding in something that digests slowly like overt fats or cooked foods can interfere with how the sugars in fruit are converted into energy. Leafy greens like romaine, baby spinach, and kale aid with digestion and can/should be eaten with every meal regardless of what else it consists of.
For example, here’s what I might eat in a day doing raw till 4:

Breakfast- smoothie with the juice of 8 oranges plus 3-4 mangoes, some frozen berries, and a couple large handfuls of baby spinach.
Lunch- giant datorade shake made with about 15 dates, 1 frozen banana, couple spoonfuls of carob/cacao/cocoa powder, and 700mL-1L of water, all blended together.
Dinner- 2-4 cups of rice with some steamed or no-oil sautéed veggies(I use vegetable broth) with garlic and ginger.

Creating amazing rt4 cooked recipes is my new favorite thing. I’ve made pizza, mac n cheez, burritos, Thai-style noodles and curries.. It’s incredible! So if you want any recipes PLEASE don’t be shy, I will tell you everything!

Great simple explanation of raw till 4 :)

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