What’s all this stuff about Veganuary?
Veganuary is a commitment to try the Vegan diet and/or the Veganism lifestyle for the 31 days of January this year or every year.
How do you pronounce Veganuary?
Almost like Jan-u-ary, except it’s Vee-Gan-You-Ary!
Well that’s when lots of us make ‘New Year Resolutions’ to do better, eat better, be fitter, be more healthy, isn’t it?
And as a Vegan diet is plant-based, it’s recognised as one of the healthiest and kindest diets. It’s not only healthy for you, but it’s also healthier and kinder to animals (you’re not using or killing them for meat, milk and eggs) and to the planet.
What’s Veganism got to with the planet?
Where and how your food is grown, fed, harvested and killed affects the natural environment.
From the pesticides and herbicides used prolifically on our food crops and the crops fed to animals kept for meat, milk and eggs – to the slashing, burning, clearing and deforestation of large areas for grazing for those animals as well as space to grow crops for them to eat – to the loss of habitats and biodiversity, and the resulting species extinctions – to the large-scale disease, use of antibiotics, and pollution caused by keeping billions of animals confined – to the major impacts of animal agriculture on climate change…
Anything and everything we eat and drink has an impact on the planet.
This sounds bad. But humans have to eat. So what can we do about it?
Commit to being mindful about where your food comes from, how animals were treated from birth to confinement to slaughterhouse, and what chemicals were used on your and their food.
Consider changing what you eat. Maybe try Veganuary (even if it’s already halfway into, or past January, it doesn’t matter). Or maybe try eating less meat, eggs and dairy, or having some meat-free or diary-free days every week.
What’s this about the Vegan ‘lifestyle’? Isn’t it just a diet?
Get the long and the short of all things Veganism here.
Sources and Further Reading: