Year of the Vegan

Claire Gretlein, Arts & Entertainment Editor

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According to the Economist “2019 will be the year of the vegan.” Vegans have always been a very minority, even within the minority of people that don’t meat. Cutting out all animals products within your life is a big decision to make. That means no consumption of meat, dairy or eggs and most vegans also view veganism as an overall cruelty free lifestyle. Meaning most people who are vegan don’t purchase items made of leather, silk and they abstain from any beauty products that contain animal byproducts.

   Though this year a lot is changing for the vegan community. More vegan options are being readily available at fast food establishments, all of the grocery stores are now carrying vegan options that they’ve never had before. The options vegans have are becoming endless with the new plant based technology that’s been able to create these products.

     Reasons for becoming vegan mostly stem from ethical, environmental, and health issues. Many people are vegan because of the unethical treatment of animals in slaughterhouses and dairy plants. Environmental reasons stem from the carbon dioxide emissions. According to the vegan society, “vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction. In Brazil alone, the equivalent of 5.6 million acres of land is used to grow soya beans for animals in Europe.” All of which are environmental reasons to go vegan. Lastly some decide to go vegan for health reasons to reduce their cholesterol levels. It’s common knowledge that the only foods that contain cholesterol are animal products and switching to a plant based diet helps the human body return to normal cholesterol levels.