World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated on 1 November, by vegans around the world. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, then President & Chair of The Vegan Society It has now turned into an awareness campaign that goes on for the month of November.
Whether you are a vegan or not or somewhere on that spectrum, today is a great day to educate yourself on the impact that veganism and the plant based diet that can have on our planet. Here are 10 facts to share with you all, – you may be surprised by what you read!
#1: According to the Water Education Foundation, it takes an estimated 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef in America. Just ONE vegan meal could save 2,500 gallons of water!
#2: Demand for meat-free food increased by 987% in 2017 and going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018. Vegan trend quadrupled in the 5 years between 2012 and 2017, according to Google search. It now gets almost 3 times more interest than vegetarian and gluten free searches.
#3: The global market for vegetarian/vegan products was worth $51 billion in 2016, and vegetarian and vegan baby food is predicted to grow by 10.6% between 2016-2021.
#4: To quote this Huffington Post article, Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found through her research that “a vegan diet caused more than 500 genes to change in three months, turning on genes that prevent disease and turning off genes that cause cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses.”
#5: Dairy milk sales fell by around £240m between 2014 and 2016 in the UK.
#6: An Oxford University study in June 2018 – which is the most comprehensive analysis to date of the damage farming does to the planet - found that ‘avoiding meat and dairy is the single biggest way to reduce your impact on Earth’ as animal farming provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of our farmland. Source
#7: A study published in Environmental Research Letters found that eating a plant-based diet has three times more impact than washing your clothes in cold water; four times more than hang-drying clothes or recycling; and eight times more than upgrading light bulbs. Source
#8: Contrary to popular belief, vegan diet is actually less expensive than a meat-eaters. Don’t believe it? Here are some ways to save. BONUS: It also reduces the likelihood of needing medicine and medical attention due to illness and disease in the future.
#9: Vegan cosmetics launches increased by 175% from July 2013 to June 2018. Source
#10: The World Health Organisation report in November 2015 ranked processed meat ranked as a group 1 carcinogen (the same category as cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos). Eating just 50g per day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. It also classified red meat as a group 2A carcinogen. Source
Whether you are living the plant based lifestyle or not, there are ways to add a little vegan positivity to your daily routine. Share with us what you are doing to recognize this day, whether you are baking a vegan treat, enjoying a meatless meal, or spreading the kind word.
Happy World Vegan Day!!