Why Go Veg?
FOR THE PLANET
Meat consumption is a major contributor to climate change. The United Nations estimates that animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all forms of transport combined. The industry has also been connected to nearly every other environmental ill our planet is facing, including air and water pollution, water scarcity, land and ocean degradation, and species and habitat loss.
FOR THE ANIMALS
Almost all of us say we’re opposed to animal cruelty. Yet over 800 million farmed animals are raised and killed for food every year in Canada due to our over-consumption of animal products. They are crammed and caged in cruel conditions that prevent even the most basic natural behaviours. Most will never feel the sun on their backs or grass under their feet and their transport and slaughter conditions are equally horrific.
FOR OUR HEALTH
A growing body of literature links meat consumption to an increased risk of health issues including heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers, all of which are leading causes of death among Canadians. Meanwhile, a healthy plant-based diet can reduce the risk of these and other illnesses, while also being high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants and low in saturated fat and cholesterol.