Is A Vegan Diet Sustainable? | LIVEKINDLY

Is A Vegan Diet Sustainable? | LIVEKINDLY

I’ve been a vegetarian almost all my life, and vegan for the past six years. And I’m increasingly committed to the idea that how we treat animals is powerfully connected to our relationship with the world itself, with the Earth itself. When we think about food in a way of just what’s fast, and what’s cheap, it affects the way we think about everything. It isn’t just disposable, our relationships need to matter. The fact that animal agriculture is the second leading cause of climate change. It’s 75% of antibiotic resistance. The fact that 90% of rainforest deforestation is attributable to animal agriculture. 50% of ocean acidification comes from animal agriculture. In our country, it’s the main cause of water pollution. It uses half of our water, 70% of our grain, and 80% of our agricultural land is used to feed the 10 billion land animals that are killed every year, for food. Huge amount of water are being wasted to change vegetable protein to animal protein. I’ve been in many parts of the world where the grazing of cattle moving deeper, and deeper and deeper into the forest, change it to woodland, and eventually into some kind of inhospitable habitat which won’t support life. When we evolve our diets, as individuals we will get healthier. As a species, we will heal this planet, and the future will get better for all of us. So I want the public to wake up to the power that they have available to them on a plant-based diet…

37 Replies to “Is A Vegan Diet Sustainable? | LIVEKINDLY

  1. More more more!! Keep doing these videos!! They’re uplifting and inspiring and easy to watch and understand for all. They’re always short enough to keep attention and informative enough to appeal to all audiences. Thank you so much and please don’t stop passing along the information. I love @livekindly and I always try to live kindly!

  2. I went out of town for a night and came back and found my vegan girlfriend cooking bacon and eggs for another guy smh. I miss her.

  3. Incredible. Happy Earth Day! We must do all we can to support the Earth, the animals, and our world. Our diets make a difference and every choice we make to save our oceans for our children and all people is so important.

  4. wow this doesn't answer the question at all these are just examples of why a carnivore diet is bad for the environment but not why the vegan diet is sustainable. Quite a bit of a diffrent thing.

  5. I used to say i will never be a vegan,and maybe that will be the case for me but i have to at least try quit some stuff.I havent eaten meat for the past 7 months and now it feels not nutural to see people eating meat i feel like is something not supposed to be eaten.i replaced honey with marple syrup and milk with almond milk which i found it tastes better and i will only eat eggs from my grandmother's chickens.I think small changes are better than nothing.maybe one day i will stop eating animal products in general but i think its better to not pressure ourselves to make big changes instantly because then it is more likely we will quit in the future.(sorry for my english its late and i am super tired)

  6. Veganism is unsustainable as farm industry, Animals are caught in farming equipment, killed by pesticides, or caught in traps and killed to keep them from eating the crops. The natural habitats of countless creatures, from deer to wolves to birds, are razed to the ground to grow more crops, killing a lot of the animals that live in those areas and displacing the ones that survive. farm animals are fed with grass and grains that are not suitable for human consumption, you know leftovers from oil industry, hulls from rice, sorghum, corn cobs. Vegans think farm animals eat top quality soy and grains, it makes me laugh you don't know anything about nature or agriculture, if you want to help the earth why not go flexitarian, reduce the consumption of fossil energy, recycle there are many things you can do, going vegan is just not the answer it's just a cult backed by vegan corporations that wants your money they just sell you a processed mock product that caused just as much suffering and destructions as the real thing and in top of that having nothing of nutritional value.

  7. Happy Earth Day everyone!! I've been vegan for over 2 years and love the benefits I recieve from the lifestyle everyday. I love the fact that we are reducing our environmental impact and animal abuse.

  8. Don’t listen to this garbage, it’s Been all disproven. Cow farts are not ruining the environment. The transportation veggies take to get around the world to your plate has a much greater affect on the planet. Try eating locally grass fed animal products. Don’t sacrifice your health and feelings by eating things that can’t scream.

  9. It All Begin in The Garden of Eden.
    how can it be boring?
    The excitement of Adam naming All the best of our intentions, Animals!

    No Killing. Pure Peace between us & The Animals.

  10. Excellent video. We only have one planet and unfortunately we have neglected to take care of it and to take care of all other living things because animals and plants are going extinct and that raises the possibility of the human race becoming extinct.

  11. (1) With regards to GHG emissions: The general total global agriculture contribution hovers around 10%, this includes BOTH animal and plant agriculture. If you look at the breakdown in the link below total ag is at 9%, which would leave animal ag at no more than 5% .
    (2) Regarding dead zones: Dead zones are mainly the result of human sewage/waste, industrial and vehicular emmisions and chemical fertilizer/pesticide run-off from plant crops. Animal manure IS NOT dumped into the ocean, as it provides for highly effective fertilizer on crops. (Many of which are local, and provide grain back to the feedlots; that is the cattle in essence assist in "growing their own food".) And there are heavy regulations regarding allowing large amounts of livestock near tributaries/water… And if they are grazing near water, they rarely stand there and defecate in it, since they typically just sip the water from the edge of water source and then go back to grazing.
    (3) Regarding deforestation: All cattle (beef) start their lives on a grazing operation. These cattle ranches are typically in natural grasslands, prairie, savanna ecosystems, where deforestation is not necessary. It would be difficult for a ranch to absorb the cost of deforestation, so is avoided whenever possible. And with regards to South America, for example.., the majority of cattle ranching is done in the temperate, very dry region called "Pampas". Also, most grazing sustenance in higher moisture areas (cleared rain forests)), is of lower quality, so cattle gain less and are less profitable. Also the soil left behind by cleared rain forests does not make for optimal plant crop land either.
    Therefore, most global beef/cattle ranching is not done in these high-maintenance, costly, heavily forested areas.
    – So finally, the premise that "animal agriculture is the leading cause of global, environmental decay" is HIGHLY misguided and misinformed..~

    Here is an additional video on this, with extensive sources in the notes:

    And regarding "grain fed to livestock":

    How much of HUMAN EDIBLE crops really goes to LIVESTOCK?

    Are LIVESTOCK eating OUR food??

    A grain-finished bovine takes approx 1 year to "finish", half of which is spent drinking milk and eating grass.
    A grass-finished bovine takes approx 1 1/2 years to finish in comparison.
    The FOUNDATION of ruminant/cattle growing is natural grasslands.~

    "Grass fed" REALITY, Tufano

    Grass fed versus grain fed beef

    Why a VEGAN diet would HARM the environment more..

    Effeciency of animal products as food sources..FAO

    Watch "Want to Go Vegan / Vegetarian? Watch This First – Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride" on YouTube

  12. Go away all vegans.if you really care about climate change stop using mobile phone,cars airplanes and than we can talk about climate change

  13. Great message but doesn't answer the vegan sustainability question. I would love to hear facts about vegan sustainability in addition to why eating meat is bad for the environment.

  14. I'm a Type 1 diabetic (autoimmune response).

    I eat half a pound to a pound of grass-finished beef a day.

    Switching to quality meat while removing carbs and sugars greatly improved my health and life.

  15. A vegan diet may be good for the planet but not for humans. There are many places in the world where you are unable to grow plants and crops, but can produce meat and dairy. Poor people can’t afford all these supplements, especially those in 3rd world countries, and without cows and other livestock fertilizing the soil, our top soil will degrade even faster than it already is. Farmers say we only have enough for another 100 harvests. Going on a vegan diet will destroy the soil and our crops long before global warming does.

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