Food Choices – Our Future Depends on Them

When faced with a clear, obvious choice, the overwhelming majority of the human race will usually choose the correct option. Sadly when it comes to our food choices, we really let ourselves down.

There is no ambiguity when it comes to these choices; they are as simple as this:

Option One: Causes harm to billions of animals, is catastrophic to the environment and is a major threat to human health, costing trillions in pharmaceuticals and public health care each year.

Option Two: Does none of the above.

I may have simplified this slightly, but only very slightly.

By leading a vegan lifestyle you will make one of the most positive contributions to the health of the planet that any individual can make.

Your own health will improve more than you could ever imagine, you will lose those extra pounds you’re carrying around and you will lift the burden of cruelty, pain, suffering and death that weighs heavily around the necks of a growing number of compassionate people.

So with such a clear, logical choice, why are the majority of people still choosing the wrong option?

There are a number of reasons including fear, ignorance, convenience, laziness and conditioning. Living a vegan lifestyle takes time, practice and dedication and is probably not at the top of the list of priorities for many busy people. If done badly, it can even have a negative effect on your health.

This is why we need those in power, those who can really shape the future to see that the world is screaming out for us to make this change.

Vegan options need to on every shelf and should be half the price of traditional products. The horrors of industrialised farming should be known to everyone and not hidden from view. The environmental consequences of our continued reliance on animal products must be front page news, as must the damage they are doing to public health.

If we want to leave anything of this wonderful world behind for future generations then need a complete change in the way we think about food.

 

 

Nick Bean

Environmentalist, activist, writer and public speaker. Decided to "Go Vegan" at the age of four.

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