Updated: Mar 1, 2022
Have you ever heard of the term VEGANUARY? In 2014, the term was coined in the UK in an attempt to encourage people wanting to transition towards a plant-based diet and to make it their new year’s resolution. The movement has gained considerable momentum since it‘s birth, and what started with 5-10k people has grown to over half a million participants in 2021. Is 2022 the year where we make it to a million? Plant-based nutrition has gained much notoriety since study after study has shown that it confers great benefits to the health of both the human body and the planet.
Climate change, extreme weather events including wildfires, floods and storms, deforestation, species extinction, ocean dead zones, water and air pollution, green house gas emissions and land degradation, are just a few of the detrimental effects that animal agriculture has on our planet. Our grand-children will have to deal with whatever is left of our fragile planet. The damage that we've caused in the last 100 years will leave its scar on a planet that has been in balance for millions of years. The challenges that future generations will face are giants in comparison to what we've seen. Animal agricultural practices have also been directly linked to past pandemics, including AIDS in the 1980's, the 2005 bird flu (avian influenza), the 2009 H1N1 swine flu, 2002 SARS, and possibly the 2019 COVID pandemic. By adding more plants to your plate, you naturally make less space for refined foods that are calorie dense and nutrient poor, you crowd out animal products, like processed meats and red meat that are both classified as carcinogens by the WHO, and you consume disease fighting foods instead of disease feeding ones. And did I forget to mention that you're also saving the planet. Yay you! Go get'em Tiger.
New Year, New You?