Is veganism taking over the world? Well, according to the The BBC, there are over half a million vegans living amongst us in the UK, with approximately 20% of 16-24 year olds taking up the plant based diet. This is 350% more than a decade ago.
Whilst veganism is a fairly new, the first vegan recipe was actually published in 1849, simply by using oil instead of butter and eggs. 100 years later, the word vegan was coined. So why has it become so popular all of a sudden? There are a whole host of health, environmental, ethical and financial benefits to cutting out all animal products from your diet. Here are a few of our favourite facts:
- Vegans spare the lives of approximately 30 animals per year
- Taking up a vegan diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50% – halving the amount of damage which contributes to climate change by supporting animal agriculture and the meat industry
- Veganism adds approximately four years onto your life expectancy, lessening your chance of experiencing heart disease by 32% and of suffering from a stroke by 30%
- You’ll save approximately 5000 litres on water usage by going vegan. This is an alarming statistic, considering 4 billion people worldwide are reported to have an insufficient water supply
Whilst the benefits continue to stack up, it’s likely that more and more of the world’s population will be part of the vegan community in the near future. Sustainability wise, veganism will most likely become a necessity within the 21st Century if we wish to continue the way we’re living in the future.
The latest research published by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has reported that, in comparison to the vegan diet, a meat-eater’s diet takes up 17 times more land, 10 times more energy and 14 times more water. On top of this, the UN reports that the population of planet Earth will be approximately 9.8 billion by 2050. This is an increase of over 2 billion from the current figure. So where are we going to find all the extra room?
Have You Tried a Vegan Diet?
“I would, but I don’t think my family would approve – I don’t want to be an inconvenience…”
“Yeah, I like the sound of it, but honestly… I just don’t think there’s enough I could eat and I’d get bored.”
“Maybe one day, but right now, with work being so crazy and everything going on, I just don’t I’d be able to find the time to plan it all out.”
Heard or said any of these before? You’re not alone. For most of us, the appeal of a vegan diet is impossible to argue against in an ideal world. But that’s the thing – in an ideal world. The reality is, a lot of us are working full-time jobs, have significant others and families to provide for and simply don’t have the time.
Are Vegans More Environmentally Friendly?
Whilst more and more people turn to the vegan or vegetarian diet, the topic of ‘saving the earth’ is becoming more prominent. But do we really understand the full impact on the planet?
Quinoa is one of the highest sources of vegan protein, naturally available to us and provided by mother earth. However, some studies have shown that quinoa grows in the same soil that llamas graze on. Some farmers then proceeded to sell their llamas in order to make room for more quinoa. Whilst this isn’t directly affecting the environment, it isn’t great for the positive growth of llamas. Comparatively, it doesn’t even touch on the impact of meat farming.
Take the soybean, for example. It is packed full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. At MyDine, we use it as a foundation to lots of our delicious vegan meal recipes. Soybeans are grown all over the world on huge open fields.The most nutritious soil can be found next to the amazon rainforest, but since the demand for this bean is so high, it is now being grown in the amazon rainforest. Similarly, soybeans are also one of the top ingredients found in animal food, therefore it’s actually really hard to trace what impact this is having on the environment. At MyDine, we only source our ingredients from local, ethical farmlands, so you can be sure you’re vegan meal is positively impacting the environment.
After doing some serious number crunching on the production of meat and dairy for human consumption, these animal products actually provide less that 20% of our nutritional calories. Individuals should consider how far their food has been transported if they really want to consider their impact on the environment. Production, rather than transportation actually has the largest impact on the planet. Meat and dairy farms need water, and a lot of it. The farming industry as a whole creates over 15% of the world greenhouse emissions.
So, is becoming a vegan environmentally stable?
In this blog we have highlighted just a fraction of the discussion that adds to this debate, it just shows how complex the food production industry is and how hard it is to trace our ‘food footprint’. More emphasis and thought should be put into how we can individually do our bit to help the environment, rather than worrying about the bigger picture.
The Solution: Vegan Meal Delivery
MyDine not only offer fresh, home prepared meals, we offer a range of meat free, vegan and vegetarian meals. Our Caribbean vegan meals are perfect for those who already follow a plant-based diet, or for anyone who wants a change from meat and fish and join the vegan community.
As part of these meal preps, you will have the ability to customise from 7 up to 100 vegan meals, all of which are made fresh and delivered straight to your front door anywhere in the UK. Some of our favourite fresh, locally sourced ingredients are:
- Jerk Tofu Curry
- Vegan Veggie Bowl
- Plantain, Chickpea and Coconut Veg Curry
- Cauliflower Steaks
- BBQ Jackfruit
- Stuffed Peppers
- Tofu Steaks
- Pumpkin Couscous
- Jamaican Ackee & Jackfruit
- Spicy Chickpea Curry
- Jamaican Rice & Peas
- White Rice
- Brown Rice
- Whole Wheat Pasta
- Penne Pasta
- Jamaican Hard Food (Green Banana & Yam)
- Boiled Potatoes
- Mixed Veg Medley
- Plantain Mash
- Sweet Potato Mash
- Green Beans
- Jamaican Callaloo
The Power to be Vegan is Now in Your Hands
The world is already producing 1 and ½ times enough food to feed everyone on the planet, we produce very little waste by utilising the freshest ingredients. It is important to explore the impact of our consumption on the planet and take an educated step towards understanding where our food is coming from and its impact.
We want to educate our customers as well as delivery the best carribean meal prep service to the UK. We’ve had a number of celebrity customers who swear by MyDine for their nutritional expertise and culinary finesse.
Check out our FAQs if you have any questions or feel free to get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.