Vegan, What is it, How it helps You, Animals & Earth, Resources and Info!

Vegan, What is it, How it helps You, Animals & Earth, Resources and Info!

Many people are Vegan and many more are becoming Vegan and/or are looking into what Vegan is and once they know they want info on how to become Vegan.

The definition of Vegan by https://www.vegansociety.com/ The Vegan Society is:

“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable,
all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”

You can research on your own but please keep in mind some of what you find may be by the meat and dairy or fish industries (even if it doesn’t say so) where they will try to push false narratives (lies) to scare you away from stopping giving them money and to protect their profit, so always, always verify the source and use multiple sources.

If you do go Vegan it can be done in many, many ways, so don’t feel pressured or think you must do it all one way. While raw veggies may be healthiest, there are tons of processed foods that are Vegan (you need to check labels, be familiar with names of things that are not Vegan and sometimes contact the manufacturer) and there are many “meat replacer” type foods.
Some people like them, some don’t but the decision is up to you, so please, get informed and enjoy the journey and know that your health, the welfare of animals and all of Earth will benefit from you going Vegan or at least moving in that direction one step at a time.

Even if you don’t think you’ll be 100% Vegan, please just try or get as close as possible.

Thank you.

Here is where I will add info and links as I can. I can not vouch for the sites or their info,
I am just listing here for you to check out and judge on your own.

1) A lot of info and resources can be found at https://www.vegansociety.com/

2) A very nice Vegan chain of restaurants in the USA
https://lovinghut.us/

3) A social network of millions of people focused on various issues including animals, Peace, health, sustainability and Vegan http://www.care2.com

4) A list of Vegan and Vegetarian restaurants search-able by city, country or region including an app you can use on your smartphone to search for restaurants in more than 150 countries or at your current location https://www.happycow.net/

5) Leaping Bunny “Connects compassionate consumers with Cruelty-Free companies” They also have an app you can use on your smartphone for shopping http://www.leapingbunny.org/

6) Here’s a REALLY cool app! “Is It Vegan?” can use the bar code by using your phone or tablet’s camera or you can type in the name of the product or an ingredient and it rates it as Vegan, not Vegan or not sure (some ingredients can be Vegan or not so you have to contact the manufacturer, or it might not be in their database yet). I tested it on a number of things and it’s accurate so far, I offer no guarantees but I’d say it’s at least worth looking into! http://isitvegan.net/

7) Recipes, info and resources… http://www.ILoveVegan.com/

8) How a Plant-Based Diet Can Make You Fitter, Faster and Happier http://www.NoMeatAthlete.com/ This and a few others I have not fully checked out, so decide on your own if you like them. I don’t know if all I share here are 100% Vegan.

9) Here’s a site with a lot of resources from recipes to animals rights and groups working to help and save animals
http://www.CoolVegan.com/resource.html

10) According to http://www.WorldPlantMilkDay.com “the global market for plant-based dairy alternative drinks is forecast to top a massive $16.3 billion dollars in 2018 – up dramatically from $7.4 billion in 2010.”
Visit http://www.worldplantmilkday.com for useful health, ethical, and environmental data, as well as dietary best practices.

11) Find a local Farmer’s Market
https://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/

12) Lee Camp with a humorous delivery of info, facts and why we need to shift to being Vegan. It has a bit of “adult” language but this short video is worth watching.

13) Website:
A lot of great resources at this following site even including how to help get restaurants and grocery stores to veganize along with more such as recipes, info on human psychology on issues, a nice Vegan t shirt, brochures and video presentations to download, etc.
Check it out!
http://www.nonviolenceunited.org/

14) Video:
This is one in what we hope will be a series of our A Life Connected project.

A 12-minute uplifting, positive video about the power of making Vegan choices.

People everywhere are making choices more connected with their values. We are simplifying our lives, buying less and living more because we know that the Earth provides enough to satisfy everyone’s need, but not everyone’s greed.

But there is one connected choice that sometimes gets overlooked. It’s one of the most far-reaching personal, practical and ethical choices you can make. With this choice we can help…

>feed ourselves and every hungry person on the planet.
>end deforestation
>replenish the deep woods of the North and save our disappearing rainforests.
>revitalize our rural landscapes and save family farms.
>stop the number one polluter of water and the number one waster of water.
>return our oceans to thriving underwater worlds teeming with life and wonder.
>make cancer and heart disease a rarity instead of a common occurrence.
>stop the unnecessary suffering of billions and billions of animals.
>and return wild lands to their rightful owners.

This powerful choice can be done by everyone every day… by you… right now.

Vegan.

Every day you are invited to make choices. Live your values. Change the world.

It’s that simple.

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Article:
(Yet more that shows the need for us to shift away from meat, dairy, etc..)
Humans just 0.01% of all life but have destroyed 83% of wild mammals – study
Groundbreaking assessment of all life on Earth reveals humanity’s surprisingly tiny part in it as well as our disproportionate impact
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/21/human-race-just-001-of-all-life-but-has-destroyed-over-80-of-wild-mammals-study

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+ BTW, palm oil is technically Vegan but very often it comes from practices that destroy rain forests and countless animals, so avoiding palm, palm oil and palm fruit oil is what I and many others do. Just read the labels and know the terms and/or look them up since things aren’t always obvious by the name.
Here’s a good video about palm oil, how it can be named several other things and more…

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