There are many ways we can make it a better world. But one way in particular has an extremely strong positive effect. By going vegan, we help in numerous areas.
Being vegan relieves enormous suffering for billions of animals. And we should all care deeply about this. As long as we eat animals, we participate in a system of gross abuse which jails, exploits, harms and kills for profit. Animal farming involves cruelty, deprivation and depravity. But we can end all that.
Leaving animals off our plates, and ceasing to exploit them for their flesh, milk and eggs, especially if we focus on a truly healthful whole foods plant-based diet, brings far-reaching positive health benefits. Individually, we can live stronger, happier lives if we are not waylaid by the diseases caused by eating animals. Collectively, we can see our national and international economies improve - instead of bankrupting our health care systems with expensive surgeries and drugs we can take control of our own health and use the money we save on medical care to expand education, the arts, science, and to support new helpful technologies that make our lives better.
Environmentally, being vegan is the strongest step any of us can take to relieve the intense pressures on the planet caused by raising animals for food. We can each, as a powerful individual, help clean up the air, the water; we can help restore precious rainforests and preserve vital topsoil to grow truly nutritious food that can sustain our own bodies and which can more readily sustain the health of the overall world.
It is easy to get disappointed in politics, to feel our voices are not heard, that large systems overrun us. But we are the ones feeding these systems. Our most potent vote is not the one, a few times a year, in a voting booth. Our most potent votes are our dollars, and our most impactful action is to be mindful of what we choose to eat several times a day, every single day. We can choose to pay for cruelty, illness and environmental destruction with every food purchase. Or we can choose to pay for healthful, consciously considered foods that heal our bodies and heal the world by choosing only plants.
Collectively we can change the world to bring extreme positive change. We can do it together. Let's be vegans! Learn to eat a plant-based diet here.