I think everyone will agree that we could all benefit from a bit of positive news. And I might have just the ticket – this year, the Veganuary campaign has surpassed all previous records. Over 500,000 people have signed up. Over half a million people have joined together to try a vegan diet for a month, helped along by a community striving for the same thing.
But why is this such positive news? I went vegan myself in 2014. My main reason was animal rights, a cause still very close to my heart. It didn’t make sense to me to treat farmed animals differently from those we share our home with.
Anyone who has spent time with a dog or a cat knows that these animals are individuals with their own unique personalities and preferences. Pigs, cows, chickens – and every other animal we farm – are all the same. A fact which anyone who spent a significant amount of time on TikTok can attest to, with animal content – regardless of species – getting many of us through the lockdowns of 2020.
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But as time has gone on, other reasons have become more pressing to me. Going vegan is one of the very best things you can do for the planet. It makes sense really.
Farmed animals require huge amounts of food, water and land and at the same time they create an enormous amount of waste. It’s far more efficient to grow food for human consumption. By switching to a plant-based diet, you can halve your food-related greenhouse gas emissions, so even if you try a vegan diet for a month, that’s still a really sizeable difference.