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How a vegan lifestyle benefits the environment 

Veganism has gained significant popularity in recent years, and for good reason. At Not to Die For* we encourage everyone to go vegan for the sake of the animals, but we are also aware of the tremendous potential veganism has to mitigate the effects of global warming. So, how exactly does ditching animal products help the Earth? 

Carbon footprint

The production of meat and animal products contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock generates vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere. This methane comes from manure and gastroenteric releases, and accounts for roughly 32% of human-caused methane emissions

What to watch? 

“Eating Animals”: Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, this documentary explores the ethical and environmental implications of factory farming. It sheds light on the industrialized food system and the consequences it has on animals, human health, and the planet.

Land and water usage

Raising animals for food requires vast amounts of land and water resources. From clearing forests to irrigating crops to feed livestock, animal agriculture places immense strain on our ecosystems. 

What to watch? 

“Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret”: This eye-opening documentary explores the environmental impact of animal agriculture and its connection to deforestation, water consumption, and climate change. 

Deforestation and biodiversity

The meat industry is a major driver of deforestation, particularly in regions like the Amazon rainforest. Clearing land to create space for livestock farming destroys precious habitats and threatens countless species.

What to watch? 

“Before the Flood”: Produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, this National Geographic documentary takes a comprehensive look at climate change and its various causes and effects. While not solely focused on veganism, it emphasizes the role of animal agriculture in contributing to greenhouse gas emissions and offers insight into sustainable food choices.

Ocean Conservation

Overfishing is a widespread problem that threatens marine life and disrupts delicate ecosystems. By opting for plant-based seafood alternatives or simply removing fish from your diet, you’re helping protect our oceans and allowing marine populations to recover. So go ahead, make like a dolphin and do some underwater cartwheels!

What to watch?

“Seaspiracy”: Dive into the hidden truths of the global fishing industry and uncover its devastating impact on marine life and ocean ecosystems.

By embracing a vegan lifestyle, you’re not only making choices that align with compassion for animals and personal health, but you’re also taking a stand for the well-being of our planet. Each plant-based meal you enjoy becomes a small but meaningful step towards a more sustainable future.

If you want help on your vegan journey, you can always check out our resources and our shop. At Ntdf.* we are on a journey to make vegan living easier and more accessible, one step at a time. 

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