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Is what they say about being a Vegan really true?

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Veganism has been rapidly on the rise over the last few years with many new products and restaurants launching who pride themselves on being totally animal product free. 

There are many benefits to being a vegan, which includes environmental, health and ethical reasons. It has also been said that giving up meat and dairy not only helps us live longer but also reduces global warming and of course cruelty to animals.

However, not everyone is a true believer in this movement. Recently there have been criticisms that the environmental and ethical reasons aren't all that correct. People have noted the pressures that have been put on the avocado industry in Mexico as well as the almond industry, which contributed towards the drought that California saw a few years ago.

That being said, Vegans who only take up 0.5% of the world's population would have to be eating a serious amount of almonds or avocados to be creating droughts or world shortages alone.

Ultimately, the number of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere by the farming industry far, far outweighs any of these negative implications resulting from veganism. The farming industry is actually one of the world’s biggest polluters. If we continue in the way we have been for the past 10 years then we’re going to see some life-changing results for many people across the globe. This has already started to happen with more flooding and treacherous weather affecting populations than ever before.

Since 1975 the Earth's temperature has already risen by 1.5° and that number is continuing to accelerate with experts attributing this to excessive greenhouse gasses. If this increase continues then they predict that our sea levels will rise far more than the predicted; 36.8cm by 2100.

It also takes far less water to produce one year’s worth of food for a completely plant-based diet than it does to produce one month’s worth of food for a diet with animal products.

We agree the Vegan movement is definitely a step in the right direction but for us, it’s all about being a generation that’s more mindful. Absolutely eat meat if that’s what you love, never completely deprive yourself of something because you feel you should. It’s just important to make sure you try to shop local and organic as much as you can.

Don’t forget we have a fantastic range of vegan dishes. Head on over to our menu and see what’s cooking today!
 

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