Do you know those places where happy contented cows chew grass in slow motion with a deeply relaxed view on a sunlit alpine pasture? You might think “life would be so much easier if I was a cow” while pouring milk into your coffee with a clear conscience. Unfortunately, reality looks different in most cases.
Meat makes perfect sense as a food group for most people. But for the steak to be on your plate, an animal must first die. Hardly anyone will deny that this goes hand in hand with suffering and pain. What many people don’t know, however, is that farm animals, such as dairy cows, very rarely live the way the advertising would have us believe. In fact, many of them never see daylight in their lives. And while cows have a natural life expectancy of about 20 years, their life expectancy for milk production is just 5.5 years.
This brings us to the first important reason for a vegan diet. The conscious decision to respect every living creature and to stop unspeakable animal suffering.
Secondly, many studies have now proved that a plant-based diet has a positive effect on our health. One reason for this is the wide range of additional nutrients supplied by plants, which are extremely important for us. Thirdly as a vegan, we have chosen to omit foods whose harmfulness has now also been proven. This is the case with red meat, for example. So not only do we prevent harm by not using animal products, but we are also, at the same time doing ourselves some good. That is surely a winning argument, is it not?
One topic that is unavoidable today is environmental protection. While governments are still considering how best to slow climate change, one of the key solutions has long been obvious – our food production. As early as 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations stated that animal farming has a massive impact on global warming, air pollution, and energy consumption. A vegan diet not only benefits your health and animal welfare, but it also has a positive impact on slowing global warming. The next generation will also thank you for it.
We think these points are overwhelmingly convincing. But we know things are not necessarily that simple and issues are not easily dealt with using black and white thinking. There are differences between conventional and organic food production. It also makes a difference whether you stir the widely travelled mango or local blueberries into your vegetable yoghurt. But despite these many choices, there are really no reasons why you should not make your own decisions also on what is right for you and the planet.