DineKind members want to help you on your journey to move to a more compassionate lifestyle by eating a plant-based diet. It's a natural way to improving your health, lives of animals, and our planet!
Eating a whole-foods, plant-based/vegan diet helps us to avoid obesity and diseases (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions), while making the world more peaceful and safe, and reduces suffering and violence. We have the choice to make a difference every day, but what we choose to eat.
Why eat a plant-based or Vegan diet?
For the Animals
Farmed animals are sentient, living beings, just like our beloved dogs and cats. Each being has its own personality and a will to live and avoid pain. Most farmed animals are raised in factories where animals are deprived of their most basic needs like sunlight, fresh air, and room to move.
These farm animals suffer abuse and violence most of their short lives; many are killed as babies. Ten billion land animals are killed for food annually in the United States. Habitats are being lost to clear the rainforests to graze cattle. By leaving animals off your plate, you are saving animals every day!
For Your Health
Animal foods, including meat, dairy, and eggs, contribute to obesity, heart disease, stroke and many forms of cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases that kill 1.3 million Americans each year. A diet high in animal products contains saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics, disease-producing pathogens, sugar and sodium. The whole-foods plant based diet, or healthful vegan diet are rich in protein and contain antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to fight disease and be healthy.
For the Planet
Eating meat and animal products is one of the greatest causes of global warming. By eating a plant-based (vegan)) diet - humankind can take an essential and enormous step to reduce global warming. The 2006 United Nations concluded that global animal agriculture contributes more green-house gas emissions (in CO2 equivalents) than all forms of transportation combined; an astonishing 18 percent of the total. Animal agriculture is also very destructive to our environment and uses an enormous amount of our valuable and limited freshwater resources.
For all Humans
Animal agriculture is very inefficient. All the words populations could be fed if the grains were not fed to animals. The deplorable conditions farm workers endure at the factory farms are life threatening. Raising animals in confined spaces and feeding them antibiotics and foods they are not meant to eat can lead to antibiotic resistance and dangerous 'superbugs'.
The good news (as stated on the Vegan Society Website)
The good news is there IS something we can do about it. Every time we shop or order food in a restaurant - every time we 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. Going vegan is easier than ever before with veganism becoming increasingly mainstream as more and more people from all walks of life discover the benefits of living this way.
It's time to ask ourselves: if it is now possible to live a life that involves delicious food and drink, delivers better health, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and avoids killing other creatures - then why don't we?