Veganism and a Sustainable Lifestyle Essay

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Albert Schweitzer, French philosopher, physician, and musician, said “until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” This is a tacit statement, humanity will not be able to “find peace” until it adopts a more sustainable lifestyle, and it has been proven time and time again, that veganism is that lifestyle. Becoming vegan is a powerful experience, and one feels rejuvenated, both morally and physically, after acclimating to the diet, and, although the opposition claims that veganism is either detrimental or useless, the diet is, in fact, beneficial to the environment, to animals, and the individuals who follow the lifestyle. Meat production is wasteful, expensive, and harmful to the …show more content…
3). This waste is not effectively disposed, and has a very negative impact on the environment surrounding the plant (para. 4). The animals themselves aren't the only ones producing pollutants, the “chemical fertilizers and pesticides” used in factory farms have “turned agriculture into a leading source of water pollution,” (para. 8). L. Baroni, of the Department of Neurorehabilitation at Villa Salus Hospital, et al., concluded that a diet higher in animal products is more detrimental to the environment than one absent of them (282). This is expounded upon by a report by the EPA that estimated that “animal agriculture” has polluted over 35,000 miles of American river (Sustainable Table para. 20). While the world's rivers, lakes, and oceans become more and more polluted, it becomes apparent how irresponsible it is to support the meat-industry by buying their packaged flesh, because, as demand for meat increases with the world's growing population and waist-line, so will the harmful emissions and slurry produced by these “farms.” In addition, the opposition argues that the environmental benefits of veganism are not enough for them to give up consuming animal products, and that, since they believe animals are not sentient or able to experience pain, there is no reason for them to change their ways; however, many studies have been conducted that prove animals are both intelligent, and cognizant of pain. Though some make speciesist arguments that animals are too far

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