By Neil Perkins
I recently watched the documentary ‘Cowspiracy’ and coupled with my existing knowledge, changed my perspective on Veganism and my view towards it. I don’t think I am quite ready to give up my steak yet, but I’d encourage anyone to watch it to see the way we produce food and the effect it has on the planet. Humans are pretty resilient creatures and documentary experiments have shown us that we can ‘survive’ off MacDonald’s alone (watch Super-Size me) but the effects on your energy levels and performance are quite frightening. Working in the fitness industry and running a gym has reinforced my belief that ‘getting fit’, ‘losing weight’, ‘toning up’ and ‘feeling better about yourself’ are both physical and psychological gains that a gym alone won’t solve. They need to be integrated with changes in lifestyle and nutrition. People want to look, feel and perform better, the fuel we use to nourish our body greatly affect this. Here are 3 main reasons why you’d become a Vegan
- Save the planet
The film Cowspiarcy explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and the policies of the environmental organisations on the issue. It explores the sustainability of meat consumption and the mass production methods we use to produce meat with effect on grazing land and CO2 emissions. I was unaware that CO2 from livestock accounts for more C02 than the entire transport sector!
- Save your body
What we feed our livestock affects the quality of the product and surely alters the end product that we put in our body? I was always told ‘If it doesn’t run on the land, swim in the sea or grow out the ground then don’t eat it’ When we are feeding animals food that is chemically altered to grow out of the ground, mixing it with agents and then not letting our animals run on the land (instead stand in a pen) then surely this goes away form the whole foods thoughts of eating?
- Save your mind
Saving the planet and not seeing animals suffer may be high on your agenda? If you are aware of what happens to your food and what is added to it, you may want to minimising the risk of adding chemicals to your diet. Going Vegan will give you peace of mind for the planet, animals and your body with respect to the food you eat.
I cannot promise that I won’t laugh, ridicule or joke when my friends tell me they are Vegan, but after the initial ridicule they would have my upmost support and respect. Anyone who claims to be an environmentalist should be eating Vegan. I think that the processes we use to produce food should be reviewed and if we are going to continue to eat meat shouldn’t we understand the environment which it was raised and the produce it was fed? This will ultimately affect us higher up the food chain…….that is for the real apex predators who still eat meat!