Why be a vegan?
3 Min Read · April 18, 2019 · by KHURSH MOLLA, Editor, Kampung Senang
Eco Café, a social enterprise of Kampung Senang, is part of the “Go vegan for a better world” movement. It actively promotes holistic living and vegan cuisine. Vegan diet is the cornerstone for wellness and a disease preventative lifestyle.
For our health
Well-planned, plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Nutrients from plant-based sources are low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and packed with antioxidants. They help to prevent many of the modern world’s biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
For our environment
Recycling household trash or cycling to work are some of the ways we can contribute towards a better environment. However, an even more effective way we can help to lower our planet’s carbon footprint is to avoid consuming animal products. This goes way beyond the problem of cow flatulence!
Why meat and dairy production hurts the environment
The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment. Enormous amounts of crops, water and energy are used in feeding, processing and transporting animals from farm to fork. The resources used are significant contributors to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. On the other hand, considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required to sustain a vegan diet. Switching to veganism is one of the easiest, and most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
For the animals
Preventing the exploitation of animals is not the only reason for becoming vegan, but for many people, it is the key factor in their decision to go vegan and stay vegan. Other reasons include emotional attachments to animals and the belief that all sentient creatures have a right to life and freedom. Avoiding animal products is one of the most obvious ways for you to take a stand against animal cruelty and animal exploitation everywhere. Moreover, being vegan demonstrates true compassion.
A plant-based diet requires only one third of the land needed to support a meat and dairy diet. With rising global food and water insecurity due to a myriad of environmental and socio-economic problems, adopting a more sustainable way of living has become an urgent necessity. Avoiding animal products is one of the simplest choices an individual can make to reduce the strain on food and other planetary resources and contribute to global food security.
Being vegetarian isn’t enough
The suffering caused by the dairy and egg industry has been less well publicised than the plight of factory farmed animals. The production of dairy products necessitates the death of countless male calves that are of no use to the dairy farmer, and the premature death of cows slaughtered when their milk production decreases. Likewise, in the egg industry, even ‘ethical’ or ‘free range’ egg production involves the killing of the ‘unnecessary’ day-old male chicks.
What we can do
The good news is there is something we can do about it. Every time we shop, order food in a restaurant, or eat, we can choose to help these animals. Every time we make the switch from an animal product to a vegan one, we are standing up for farmed animals everywhere. Veganism is a wholesome lifestyle that we at Kampung Senang have actualized in all our 5 community service centers and every activity we organize. Please join us to inspire more people to “Go vegan for a better world”!