Is vegetarian or not vegetarian

Why live vegan and not vegetarian?

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So that we can consume an average of 235 eggs per capita per year (as of 03/2017), chickens are turned into “laying machines” that lay an egg almost every day. For comparison: Wild chickens lay an average of 60 eggs per year and, in contrast to their conspecifics in captivity (up to three years), can live to be an impressive 50 years (11).

The overbreeding and the lack of space also ensure that one can in no way speak of species-appropriate husbandry.

2. Intensive animal husbandry contributes to world hunger

Did you know that around 800 million people worldwide still do not have enough food and clean drinking water? That is frightening and doesn't have to be! Theoretically, every person has around 2000 m² of arable land for themselves. So there is enough for everyone, but it depends on how we eat!

You see, the waste of resources goes hand in hand with world hunger. The more animals are kept, the more animal feed has to be grown. The yield that the animals bring is to be put in a ratio of 1 to 10, compared to the plant-based calories lost. This means that the more animal products people eat, the less food is ultimately available to the population. Instead of using the soy and grain directly, the majority is fed to the animals from the dairy and egg industries. This is highly inefficient and makes people go hungry (6; 7).

3. Animal products continue to pollute the environment

Vegans in particular are mistakenly blamed for deforestation through their consumption of soy-containing products such as tofu and soy drinks. This is of course complete nonsense! The majority of soy imports, we are talking about more than 80 percent, are turned into protein-rich feed for industrial animal fattening (12).

Due to the immense animal husbandry, not only are forests cleared, pesticides and slurry also get into the drinking water and there is a high consumption of water, grain and fossil fuels. This applies not only to the meat, but also to the dairy and egg industries. Waste of water and resources, as well as water pollution, are becoming a serious issue.

The detour of the energy from the grain via the animal into our food requires much more water. Which is already leading to major water shortages in some countries. A vegan diet helps save huge amounts of water and makes a major contribution to preventing the impending climate and environmental catastrophes (6; 7).

4. Dairy products can make you sick

Milk and milk products contain substances such as animal protein, sex and growth hormones, saturated fatty acids and cholesterol. According to the China Study by Prof. Dr. Campbell's ingestion of the substances through food is harmful to human health. Milk proteins are jointly responsible for type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Milk also increases the risk of osteoporosis and links to heart disease and cancer, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, allergies, mental illnesses, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia have been established (4; 5).

Toxins in animal products

The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and other scientists have repeatedly found that milk and milk products are among the foods with the highest levels of toxins. More than 90% of all toxins, such as dioxins and PCBs, are contained in animal products. Vegetable products, on the other hand, contain fewer of these environmental toxins and, in general, the pollution load is lower due to the shorter food chain (1; 2; 3).

Milk inhibits iron absorption

In addition, the consumption of dairy products inhibits the absorption of iron from other foods. Iron is very important for the body: One of the most important functions is to bind oxygen in the red blood cells. If the body ingests dairy products and thus saturated animal fats, according to Dr. med. Ernst Walter Henrich inhibited iron absorption from other foods (2).

We're not telling you anything new, but of course we would like to take the opportunity to tell you: There are an incredible number of plant-based milk alternatives such as vegan oat, soy or almond drinks on the supermarket and drug store shelves that are sure to delight your palate. There really is something for every taste.