Definition of Veganism
The word “vegan” was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson of the Vegan Society of the UK. This definition states: Veganism is a way of living that seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing and any other purpose.
As you can see, veganism is not defined as a diet, but a way of living.
Not only are animal products unnecessary for optimal health, an increasing number of nutritionists and health professionals are acknowledging animal products are harmful to our health. Meanwhile, a healthy vegan diet helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and diabetes.
Is Veganism Sustainable?
Considering the amount of waste produced by animal agriculture, it’s staggering to think how much plant-based food could potentially be grown using the same resources used for animals.
Essentially, we have to feed animals plant foods constantly as they mature. After three to four years of harvesting and cycling this plant food through an animal, the animal is killed and eaten just once.