Is there a possibility, “you are what you eat” affect the foodchoices people make? People have become more conscious of what theyconsume. Since dairy and animal products have been associated withnegative side effects to health, more and more people are becomingvegans. As a result, veganism has been on the rise. Veganism refersto a diet that only comprises of plant-based foods. In addition tothe health benefits of veganism, feeding on plant-based productsassists in saving the environment. On 1 November, vegans celebratethe “World Vegan Day”, a celebration of persons that do notconsume foods made from animal or dairy constituents (Suddath 1). Theholiday started in 1994 and the idea of veganism traces back toprehistoric Indian as well as Mediterranean communities. Pythagorasof Samos, a mathematician and theorist, initially coined the wordvegetarianism in 500 BCE. Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism are alsoamong historic advocates of veganism due to believe that people neednot cause harm to animals (Suddath 1). Most vegans are individualsthat are conscious of their health and environment. They areindividuals that realize consuming animal and dairy foods harms theenvironment in addition, these food products increase the likelihoodof food related illnesses. The audience needs to be informed aboutveganism because it is fast catching up with most members of society.People need to know the causes and effects of veganism. Social mediais a major cause of veganism because through it, more people get tolearn about the benefits of the trend and adapt it. As peoplecontinue to interact through social media, they also become aware ofthe ethics and morality issue of animal rights. Another cause is theincreasing concern to lead healthy lifestyles as well as save theenvironment. The effects are improved eating lifestyles, respect foranimal rights and increased protection to the environment.
Veganism has been on the rise owing to the increased use of socialmedia enhancing the sharing of information. Other causes have beenawareness on animal rights and the need to live healthily and savethe environment. The effects of veganism are improved eatinglifestyles, respect for animal rights and increased protection to theenvironment.
There has been an increase in the pace and diversity with whichindividuals can exchange ideas owing to social media. Social media isa global phenomenon and almost everyone has access to the internet.The rise in social media sites such as twitter, facebook and blogsamong others have revolutionalized the way people share information.For instance, through blogs, an individual can write on a topic likeveganism. The blog then circulates online as people share theinformation. This means that even individuals that are not vegans getto read the article and may become interested. There is a hugesociety of vegans in the world. These vegans share their knowledge onthe benefits of consuming plant-based foods. Once an individual thatis not a vegan comes across social media information onvegetarianism, they can enhance their knowledge on veganism byreading more using the internet. Hence, social media as a majorsource of information exchange has resulted in sharing knowledge onveganism, causing more people to be interested and adapt the trend.
Awareness on the ethics and morality of feeding on animal-baseddiets has been another cause of veganism. Animals have rights, whichmake rearing and murdering them for food unethical (Francione 1).Rearing an animal with the objective of later killing it for food,makes the animal a means to gratify human ends. This is because it isan impediment to the animal’s main interest of continuing to live.Other violations to the rights of animals reared for food includeviolations to live naturally and become free from fear as well aspain. The increase in awareness of animal rights to live without fearand inflicted pain has resulted in more people shifting from theconsumption of animal diets to plant foods.
The need to live healthily and save the environment has drivenpeople to seek new lifestyles. In recent times, cases of cancer,diabetes, obesity and hypertension have been increasing. Theillnesses are associated to foods people consume. As a result, morepeople are seeking food habits that ensure they remain healthy.Plant-based foods reduces the possibility of contracting suchillnesses, hence more people are becoming vegans (Lauritsen 1).Lauritsen also notes that veganism safeguards the environment. Thisis because rearing animals that will eventually be consumed resultsin erosion as well as nutritional depleting of soil, deforestationand desertification. There has been a loss in close to a third ofAmerica’s topsoil due to factors involving livestock agriculture.Eating seafood results in environmental problems like theendangerment of fish species. The need to lead healthy lifestyles andsafeguard the environment has caused a continued rise in veganismbecause people see veganism as a way to become healthy andenvironment conscious.
Veganism results in improved eating lifestyles. Information sharingon social media enlightens readers on why and how eating plant-basedfoods will improve their health. Readers will then compare theinformation on plant-based food to that of animal and dairy foods todetermine which is better. There is a higher probability that byeating foods that contain meat individuals will develop heartillnesses and cancer. Research shows that individuals who consumeplant foods are less probable to develop such illnesses. As a result,more people become conscious of what to eat and what to avoid inorder to improve their health. The outcome is an increase inconsuming plant-based diets, signifying a rise in veganism. Improvedeating lifestyle is a relevant effect as it reduces the likelihood ofcontracting illnesses associated with damaging food choices.
Veganism results in respect for animal rights. According toFrancione (1), the level of pain inflicted on animals during theprocedure of using them as food is alarming. Such unwarrantedsuffering is morally unacceptable. As more people become aware of theinfringement to animal rights arising from rearing and murderinganimals for food, they opt for alternative diets. Veganism merelyinvolves eating plant-based diets and hence no killing of animalsthat have a right to lead natural lives. Hence, becoming a vegetarianis the most viable alternative in ensuring respect for the rights ofanimals. The outcome is that more individuals will become vegans asthey realize it is ethically wrong to consume animal diets becausethey derive from animals whose rights have been violated.
Another effect is an increase in environmental protection. As morepeople become vegan, the number of animals reared for meat reduces.In addition, the number of people that engage in fishing in order tocapture seafood as well reduces. Consequently, it becomes achievableto keep away from negative effects to the environment such as soilerosion and cutting down of trees that slowly result indesertification. Overfishing has been associated with the extinctionof fish species. If people progress to consume seafood, then thepossibility of sea animals becoming extinct is high. However, moreknowledge on veganism makes it possible for individuals to realizethat they do not only have to consume animal foods. The outcome isthat as more individuals progress to consume plant foods the demandfor animal diets reduces. This in turn results in environmentalprotection. Environmental protection is significant because it willensure that people do not cause depletion to natural resources.
Veganism has been a major trend for many decades. However, recentlymore individuals are becoming vegans at an increasing rate. Veganismis a trend that is associated with the consumption of plant-baseddiets. Vegans do not consume any dairy or animal diets. There aremany causes as well as effects associated to veganism. These causesinclude the rise in social media, more health and environmentalawareness. Social media makes it possible for individuals fromdifferent cultures to exchange and share ideas on veganism.Individuals are more aware of their food choices knowing that itaffects their health. Hence, more individuals are shifting to theconsumption of foods that improve their wellbeing. In producinganimal diets, it is possible to cause harm to the environment.Enlightenment on how this depletion happens causes more persons toshift towards veganism with the aim of protecting the environment.
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Lauritsen, Whitney. 5 Ways being Vegan Saves the Planet. VegNews,2012. <http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=4425&catId=3>
Suddath, Claire. A Brief History of Veganism. Time, 2008.