"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." - John F. Kennedy
The world is constantly changing, even when we are unaware of it. We are not the same person we were 5 years ago or 5 minutes ago because we are being exposed to new ideas and images. We should not be afraid of change, but rather embrace it because it is one of the only constants in life.
Our current way of life is subject to change. We are facing unsustainable living conditions all around the world. Whether you believe in climate change or not, the Earth is changing and places that are currently habitable might not be in the future. We need to examine our lives and change our actions to stop this trend. The most powerful change we can make is our eating habits.
Animal agriculture is linked to most environmental problems that our planet faces. The documentary Cowspiracy even cites that it is responsible for 15% of greenhouse gas emissions which is more than the entire transportation industry. The animal agriculture industry is also destroying forests and wildlife, wasting water, contaminating our oceans and accounts for 1/3 of the Earth's land. Since this is true, it is not possible to make enough grass fed meat to meet the demand. There is not enough land to give animals space to be considered sustainable.
By going plant-based you save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft. of forested land, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, and 1 animal's life every day!
This is how we are going to save the planet and make it habitable for future generations. We cannot keep neglecting our environment and the beings we are meant to share this planet with. The good news is, there has never been a better time to eat plant-based.
There are plant alternatives to every food you could imagine so you don't have to miss out on your favorite meals. For instance, Hampton Creek's Just Mayo product is egg-free, Impossible Foods created the Impossible Burger: an all plant patty that bleeds like meat, Ben & Jerry's has released 4 non-dairy ice cream flavors and Guinness is working on removing isinglass from their brewing process making their beers suitable for plant-based eaters. These are just a few options that prove you can have the best of both worlds.
The future is sustainable, compassionate and bright. What's holding you back from changing?