Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Change Moves Us Forward

A lot of people have recently begun advocating for veganism (and sometimes stopping just at vegetarianism) in the name of animal rights. To me, I commend this sort of movement and respect that people have such strong ideals that they could switch their diet up completely.

On the opposite end of the spectrum are a slew of people who say that animals aren’t on the same level as humans and don’t deserve the same rights. While I don’t necessarily agree with this sentiment, I can only respect the opposition’s right to have those very opinions. Do I think it’s a bit lazy to write the whole conversation off right then and there as done just because people think that animals don’t have the same rights to live as we do? Yes, I think it’s lazy. But that’s another discussion entirely.

Regardless which side of the fence you find yourself on, there’s definitely a point to be made about changing out diets to plant based only. First off, a huge part of global warming can be attributed to the overgrazing of a large part of the world’s plains, which contributes to cattle’s methane production, an element that has a significantly bigger impact on the ozone layer in comparison to carbon dioxide.

Just as well, if we were to entirely change up our diets in favor of plants only, we’d see significantly less health problems that are often caused by our mass consumption of red meat. This, in particular, is a huge problem in the United States, and switching up things that we eat would directly benefit our entire population. We’d even notice a change in our dental health for the better.

So what’s not to love about veganism?

The biggest problem is getting everyone on board. The movement is still small enough to not make waves across the nation, meaning people will continue holding onto their norms of eating meat, drinking dairy products, frying eggs in the morning, and overall buying processed foods from the local grocery.

Anytime there’s to be a big shift in the thinking of a mass of people, there will be resistance. I don’t think there’s ever been a point in history where every single person unanimously agreed that something new or different was the right move for the nation right away. However, in time, things change for the better. How do you think we’ve got to the point we’re at currently with technological advances? In new modern medicine and dentistry?

It’s all because of change.

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