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World Vegan Day 2013

30 October 2013

It's World Vegan Month! Let's celebrate the wealth of health benefits that come with an animal-free diet.

Kick-started annually on 1 November with World Vegan Day, the aim of this month is to encourage people to adopt an animal-free lifestyle. This means not exploiting animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.

World Vegan Day was founded in 1994 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Vegan Society UK. This year marks the 69th anniversary of the term “vegan” and the society.

World Vegan Day 2013

Vegans across the globe celebrate the day to reinforce a culture of anti- exploitation of animals, and the month is dedicated to creating awareness about the many benefits of the vegan way of life.

Veganism and the environment

World meat production has quadrupled over the last 50 years, while the size of the Earth has remained the same. But land is needed to rear the animals that supply this meat. The result is overgrazing, deforestation and soil degradation.

The livestock sector is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions – a higher percentage than that emitted by transport – which contributes to global warming. And the transporting of the meat products contributes to air pollution.

While livestock poses a threat to land health, fishing poses a threat to the ocean’s health. Overfishing has had devastating effects on marine ecology. 

Lastly, according the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme, the Earth is facing a serious water crisis. Keeping this in mind, it takes at least three times more water to feed a meat eater than a vegan.

Benefits of a vegan diet

A vegan diet is healthy so long as it’s balanced and well planned. Research has shown that vegans tend to have lower BMIs and a reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

When eating only plant-based foods, it’s important to ensure you choose a variety of produce: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts and seeds. This will give your body the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, and healthy oils it needs. 

You can also get a significant amount of protein from unprocessed and unrefined soy and grains combined with beans, nuts, or seeds. Try soy products such as edamame and tofu with grains like quinoa

Interesting vegan facts 

  • Veganism is the strictest form of vegetarianism.
  • The word vegan is a contraction of vegetarian.
  • Honey is not considered vegan as bees make it. It is, thus, an animal product.
  • Celebrity vegans include Toby Maguire, Russell Brand, Ellen DeGeneres and Kirsten Bell.

Vegan recipes for you to try

Eating vegan needn’t be indulgent-free when these mocha cookies are nearby.

Get your five-a-day with this wholesome Spring vegetable and lentil broth.

The vegetables in this Moroccan-style chickpea and brinjal dish are full of flavour.

Everyone has a case of spud love! You’ll love how well these crushed potatoes go with black olives and tomatoes.

For more vegan recipes, visit our recipe search page. Learn more about World Vegan Day.

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