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According to a new study, eating a vegan diet may be the “single greatest way” to minimize your environmental effect on the planet. Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet should decrease your carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent, according to University of Oxford researchers.

From the crops and water needed to feed the animals to the transportation and other processes involved from farm to fork, the production of meat and other animal products has a significant environmental impact. The enormous amount of grain feed needed for meat production contributes significantly to deforestation, habitat loss, and species extinction.

This land adds to malnutrition in developed countries by forcing poor people to cultivate cash crops for animal feed instead of food for themselves. Vegan diets, on the other hand, require much fewer crops and water to maintain, making the switch to veganism one of the simplest, most fun, and most efficient ways to minimize our environmental impact.

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. Many more people face intermittent water shortages, often as a result of drought, and often as a result of poor water resource management.

More fresh water is used by livestock than by almost anything else. They’re also one of the most serious polluters of freshwater resources. The more livestock that is replaced by plants, the more water will be available.

Raising a pound of beef requires 100 to 200 times more water than raising a pound of plant foods. Meghan, one of my coworkers, recently said, “Just one kilo of beef saved saves 15,000 litres of water. A roast chicken can be replaced with a hearty veggie chili or bean stew, which saves 4,325 litres of water and has comparable protein levels.”

It takes a lot of resources to raise cattle. This is due to a variety of factors, including the fact that raising animals takes a long time; they consume a lot of food grown on land that could have been used for something else; meat products must be shipped and refrigerated; and meat takes a long time to process from slaughterhouse to kitchen table.

Plant-based proteins, on the other hand, need 8 times less energy to produce than meat-based proteins. Moreover, there are a wide variety of vegan products in Sri Lanka available which is extremely convenient for individuals wishing to opt towards being vegan.

In addition being vegan purifies the air as well. All of the world’s animals pollute the air more than all of the vehicles, taxis, aircraft, ships, and other modes of transportation combined. Plants help to purify the gases.

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