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If the whole world were vegan - 10 things that would happen if everyone went vegan

Are you wondering what would happen if the whole world vegan would be? From a vegan's point of view, this scenario is of course great - but anyone who eats animal products should also be interested for good reasons. Perhaps "this veganism" has something deeper to offer than just a plant-based diet after all 😉.

The world will not be vegan overnight, that's for sure! Nevertheless, with this article I would like to Reasons for veganism and show how life on earth would change for the better if everyone went vegan.

Notice: I'll try to keep the future scenarios brief and have provided links to further articles on each topic.

10 things that would happen if everyone went vegan

As a vegan, you will contribute to the solution of many ethical, social and ecological problems of our time contribute. The motives for a vegan life are so incredibly diverse that I can't even go into all aspects. Nevertheless, I dare to paint a scenario of the most important changes in a completely vegan world that will most likely become a reality for humanity at some point.

The following things would happen if the whole world went vegan.

1. no one goes hungry

If all people were vegan - no world hunger

Don't you find it strange that we have enough food to feed 56 billion farm animals every year₁ - but that at the same time more than 800 million people in the world go hungry?₂ To produce one animal calorie, an average of seven plant calories are consumed.₃ If we were to consume the plants directly - and not feed them to billions of "farm animals" - we could - scientifically proven - reduce the Stop world hunger.₄

A completely vegan world would therefore be an extremely resource-conserving and not only animal-friendly but also people-friendly world.

Tip: More about the global famine can be found in the detailed, linked article.

2. no animal suffers or dies for human pleasure

The Factory farming is a brutal system. Not only when you see it through the eyes of the animals, but also when you see it through the eyes of the employees of slaughterhouses. In a completely vegan world, slaughterhouses would only remind us of the deeds we humans have done to animals in our evolutionary history.

However, one must in a vegan world not be afraid that cows, pigs and the like are completely threatened with extinction, when the Factory farming stopped has been. They are kept on life farms - in the care of people who love them rather than exploit them.

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3. man-made climate change is end accelerated

Animal products such as meat and milk only provide 18 percent of the calories - and around 37 percent of the protein - consumed by humans. But their production generates around 60 percent of all greenhouse gases from agriculture.₅ This is not only due to the transportation of animals and animal feed, but also to methane emissions from cows. Animal husbandry for our consumption is therefore a major accelerator of the Climate change.

A completely vegan society would therefore be a society that would suffer significantly less or, in the best case, no longer suffer at all from man-made climate change.

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Tip: If you haven't read it yet, you should definitely take a look at my Book "Cooking for the climate" throw! There you will learn all about a fundamentally sustainable diet.

4. the deforestation of the rainforests has been slowed down

Animal foods take up 83 percent of the land area - but produce only 18 percent of the calories we consume.₆ It is therefore not surprising that the increasing demand for animal foods can only be met if more animals are consumed. Natural areas destroyed become. More than 80 percent of the land-intensive soybean meal imported to Germany for animal feed, for example, comes from South America₇, where large parts of the Amazon are Rainforest cut down.

If the whole world were vegan, the species-rich rainforest would no longer have to make way for our way of life.

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5. we enjoy an incredible new variety of meals

All people vegan - What happens?

And this applies not only to our own cooking, but also to the food we eat in restaurants. In a vegan world, we have to not even give up typical meat products such as burgers, steak, schnitzel or a salami pizza with cheese. The products are all plant-based. For example, the burger patty is made from chickpeas and amaranth, the steak from sides, the schnitzel from soy protein and the salami and cheese on the pizza from peas and coconut oil.

Vegan cuisine already offers so many new creations. What might the variety of dishes be like when the whole world is vegan?

Look with pleasure in the Blog with vegan recipes stop by to get inspired.

6. the oceans have recovered

It is not only the Marine animals that we humans eat, which leads to the The environmental problem of overfishing the oceans have led to this. Every year, around 300,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises as well as tens of thousands of sharks, seabirds and turtles also die as accidental by-catch industrial fishing.₈ At the same time, fishing techniques such as trawling are destroying the seabed and the animals' habitat.

In a vegan world, the oceans and all their creatures can recover. Because people would simply stop taking animals out of the sea for consumption or human entertainment in dolphinaria.

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7. the unique biodiversity on earth is preserved

Climate change, the deforestation of the rainforests, the Land consumptionthe overfishing of the oceans, big game hunting - our behavior on the planet inevitably results in the Environmental problem of species extinctionthat is currently taking place. About 500,000 species of animals and plants have already Habitat that is essential for long-term survival would be necessary, lost to us humans.₉

In a vegan world, wild species regain their habitat because we humans leave alone. At Stop species extinction you can now find out what you can do to preserve global biodiversity.

8. people no longer suffer from water shortage

Every year, each person consumes an average of around 1 million liters of water.₁₀ We Germans alone consume around 4000 liters of "virtual water" per capita every day.₁₁₁ This is the Amount of water required for the entire manufacture of a product. To make the Environmental problem of water scarcity we must be aware that, for example, more than 15,000 liters of water are used to produce one kilogram of beef.₁₂

If the whole world were vegan, this would not automatically ensure clean drinking water forever - but the consumption of water and the Groundwater pollution with antibiotics, Slurry and other pollutants from factory farming would be significantly lower.

9. we humans have less diseases

All people eat a plant-based diet - Healthy

On average, vegans are slimmer than vegetarians, who in turn are slimmer than meat eaters.₁₃ And vegans are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer.₁₄ At the same time, a balanced, vegan diet is, according to American Dietetic Association suitable for all phases of a person's life - including pregnancy.₁₅

We cannot expect to be the only living beings to remain healthy in a sick environment. In a vegan world, we humans would definitely be healthier. Pandemics such as coronavirus or animal diseases such as BSE would probably not exist either.

Tip: I elaborated in a separate article, What we humans can learn from the coronavirus pandemic. Look gladly times purely!

10. we humans treat each other more considerately

How do you think it would affect our coexistence if we stopped artificially impregnating cows, slitting pigs' throats or killing small animals? Shredding chicks? If we consciously decide to stop the exploitation of animals and the Cruelty to animals generally, automatically creates an even more greater obstacle to doing something bad to other people.

In a completely vegan world, human values such as Mercy, respect, compassion, love and Equality absolutely in the foreground. At the same time, causes of flight such as climate change or water scarcity are also reduced.

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"The whole world will never become vegan"

You have now learned ten essential, positive consequences of veganism. But not everyone knows them. And therefore you get also times a saying like "The whole world will never become vegan" to hear. It primarily serves to justify the fact that you are still meat. However, the argument doesn't really make sense. With the following answer, you can make your counterpart understand this and incidentally promote veganism.

A logical response to this argument

I used to think that too. But at some point I realized that veganism is more than just a passing trend. It's an affair of the heart that you don't suddenly stop doing. It's a way of life that eliminates so many injustices in the world - but it takes time. 

You don't become a vegan because meat tastes so bad, but because your heart tells you that it is wrong to exploit, torture and kill animals for your own pleasure. The fact that 800 million people go hungry₁₆ while we feed 56 billion farm animals is also an injustice.₁₇ And what do you think about the fact that soy cultivation for animal feed, for example, is responsible for around 88 percent of the deforestation of the climate-protecting Amazon rainforest₁₈₈ and thus deprives the majority of all animal and plant species living on earth of their habitat?

In addition, livestock farming produces more greenhouse gas emissions every year than all ships, airplanes, trucks and cars combined.₁₉ We live at the expense of the planet, other people and animals.

Veganism therefore counteracts several injustices at once - this is the reason why, at some point in the future, everyone will be eating vegan. The change in our eating habits is already noticeable. There are more and more purely vegan restaurants and businesses offering a wider range of vegan products. The variety of meat substitutes and other plant-based foods in supermarkets is growing. The number of vegans and vegetarians is also rising steadily. Veganism is the largest lifestyle movement in the world and is bringing our values back into line with our actions.

Will we live to see a completely vegan world?

A world in which people no longer exploit animals for their own meals, entertainment, cosmetics or clothing sounds pretty utopian. Yet we are heading straight towards it.

But how long will it be before our global society is vegan? A look at other, fundamental injustices in our society can at least help to get a rough idea of the approximate duration of the change. For example, it took around 400 years for slavery to be banned.₂₀ Even though racism is still part of our society, the injustice of slavery has been eliminated.

Speciesism - in other words, the unequal treatment of animals (some we pet, others we slaughter) - could come to an end much more quickly due to digitalization, for example. We will have no choice but to promote this development and wait for the course of time.

Do you think there will ever be a vegan world? I am curious about your views and your questions about this article.

Stay compassionate,

Christoph from CareElite - Plastic-free living

PS.: In the animal welfare blog you can learn many more things. For example, learn how to Protecting animals in everyday life simply by following your heart.


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