The importance of going vegan for your health & the survival of the planet is one that can can no longer scientifically be denied. Late last year, The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially classified processed meat as a carcinogen, and many notable medical studies have for years drawn this connection. All red meat has also been defined as a probable carcinogen by the IARC.
From an environmental standpoint, the negative effects of eating meat on the climate can been seen by the of effects of Methane (the greenhouse gas emitted by the massive amount of cattle that we are breeding and killing for their meat) on our environment, as it is 23 times higher in its negative effects than the effect of CO2. Cattle-breeding is also the leading cause for greenhouse gas emissions according to The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The billions of tons of waste that is produced through animal agriculture is also a leading cause of waterway pollution in may countries. If that were not enough, millions of acres of oxygen producing and climate cooling forest lands are cleared to make room for more meat production grazing lands, and this is also tied to the rampant killing of many species who are considered to be in the way of livestock production, such as wolves, wild horses, burros and coyotes. And this is just the tip of the adverse iceberg when you consider the unthinkable violence and cruelty that billions of animals endure annually all so we can eat a hamburger or sandwich.
For more information on this issue, check out Peter Singer’s beautifully written recent article from the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-singer-dawn-vegetarian-half-measures-20161016-snap-story.html