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PublicVeganPolicy

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This page is devoted to providing general information to organizations and corporations that are considering taking a stance on not using animals for food or other purposes at public events.

Some environmental and animal organizations are now making public declarations about only providing vegan foods at events. This is due to a combination of environmental, health and ethical concerns.

Public Vegan Policy Notification: Oceanic Preservation Society
The Oceanic Preservation Society, located in Greenbrae, CA, was founded in 2005, and it went vegan in 2011. Why: The Oceanic Preservation Society believes that being an environmental organization means being vegan. In fact, under OPS’s policy, no animal products are allowed in the building—not even milk for coffee.

OPS Executive Director Louis Psihoyos: "You have to walk the walk in the environmental movement. I don’t believe in gray areas in this issue. The raising of meat for human consumption causes more greenhouse gases than all transportation combined. People are starting to understand that the best way to make changes for the environment is to change what’s on your plate."

5 Animal Rescue Groups Adopting Vegan Food Policies
"Animal advocates often find themselves at fundraising events where meat is served. The conundrum, of course, is that these groups hold such gatherings as ways to raise money to save companion animals such as cats and dogs. If this seems hypocritical [to you], you aren’t alone, as a poll conducted by Animal Place found that 85 percent of those surveyed believe that serving animal products at shelters that domesticated animals is ethically inconsistent."

www.vegnews.com/articles/page.do?pageId=9526&catId=5


Carbon Footprint

"Researchers at the University of Oxford found that cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual's carbon footprint from food by up to 73 per cent."

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html


Land use

"Meanwhile, if everyone stopped eating these foods, they found that global farmland use could be reduced by 75 per cent, an area equivalent to the size of the US, China, Australia and the EU combined.

"Not only would this result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions, it would also free up wild land lost to agriculture, one of the primary causes for mass wildlife extinction."

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html


Wildlife habitat encroachment and extinctions

Industrial farming is driving the sixth mass extinction of life on Earth, says leading academic.

www.independent.co.uk/environment/mass-extinction-life-on-earth-farming-industrial-agriculture-professor-raj-patel-a7914616.html


Vegan diet impact

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.
“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he explained, which would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html


Water Quality

The water table and rivers has become very polluted in some areas due to animal agriculture. The reason for this is the manure and urine created by animals, which is stored in manure lagoons, leaches into the earth escaping into the water table, and when flooding, hurricanes and sometimes even rain happens, the manure lagoons overflow into the water table and sometimes rivers. Additionally, manure lagoon liquid is sometimes sprayed on fields, which gets into the water table and rivers.

What is less apparent regarding animal agriculture manure is that this collects while the animals are alive, but lingers long after the animals have been killed and eaten. It accumulates. Manure lagoons never undergo the same treatment as human sewage, and yet the quantity of animal manure far exceeds human manure. According to the US Department of Agriculture, 108,000,000 pounds (49 million kilos) is produced every hour by farmed animals in the US.


Carbon versus methane impact on GHGs

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of different greenhouse gases (GHGs) vary. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is rated as the baseline 1. Methane (CH4) has a rating of 28 to 36 impact over 100 years.

Much of the emissions from animal farming is methane from animals belching, passing gas, and their excrement. Again, long after the animals have been killed and eaten, their excrement continues to offgas methane.

www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/understanding-global-warming-potentials


Ethical Considerations

One might consider ethics to be a personally graded topic, but many of us consider the process of using animals to be unethical. The perspective is that animals are here with us, not for us, and their use for entertainment, clothing, experiments and "food" are all optional. There is no human need that requires one to use animals. It is all done based on preferences, which are optional.


World Hunger

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, feeding animals grains that could be consumed by humans directly is increasing food insecurity globally. In a report written by Humane Society International published on FAO's website:
"Of the world’s nearly 6.8 billion humans, almost 1 billion people are malnourished. Feeding half the world’s grain crop to animals raised for Meat, eggs, and milk instead of directly to humans is a significant waste of natural resources, including fossil fuels, water, and land. Raising animals for food is also a major contributor to global warming, which is expected to further worsen food security globally."

www.fao.org/ag/againfo/themes/animal-welfare/news-detail/en/c/36723


What about Eskimos and Third World locations?

The sustenance of people in harsh climates or barren locations does cause difficulty for people to live vegan. If there were a funded political movement to solve these issues, then greenhouses could be deployed for the growing of food. Generally, a greenhouse uses about half of the water needed for growing crops outdoors (varies by crop and local environment).


Health Considerations

Science has advanced significantly in the last couple decades on nutrition. There is a strong consensus building that a plant-based diet is the best diet for humans. Physician's Cmte. for Responsible Medicine (PCRM.org) has been one organization leading the charge to educate MDs and others on this topic. Another is Dr. Michael Greger who publishes the advertisement-free website: www.NutritionFacts.org.

Here is a lecture by Dr. Greger on the leading causes of death in the US (and generally the western societies) as it relates to diet: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death. This lecture is a review of peer-reviewed science for anyone interested in plant-based nutrition science: www.youtube.com/watch?v=30gEiweaAVQ.

Heart disease is another area where a plant-based diet has a significant impact for improving conditions. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former heart surgeon and heart disease researcher, discusses the cause of heart disease and how we can reduce our heart disease risk: www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYTf0z_zVs0.


What about nutrient acquisition?

There is no nutrient that humans cannot obtain from a plant-based source. In many cases, animals get nutrients from plants, and then humans get those same nutrients from the animals, but it's easier to get the nutrients more efficiently directly from the plants.

Protein for example is thought to be a most important macronutrient for us to get a lot of, and yet it's the easiest macronutrient (of the other two macronutrients: carbohydrates and fats) for us to get our minimum daily requirements. In short, if we get enough calories, and we aren't getting them all from cotton candy or other empty calorie source, we are getting enough protein.

Whole Foods Markets states in one of their blogs:
"The good news is that the growing body of nutritional research is illuminating the fallacy of this cultural myth. Research has shown that all plants contain protein and at least 14% of the total calories of every plant are protein. Broccoli contains more protein per calorie than steak and, per calorie, spinach is about equal to chicken and fish. Of course, you’ll need to eat a lot more broccoli and spinach to get the same amount of calories that you do from the meat. Multiple studies have shown that if you are meeting your caloric needs through plant-based nutrition, you will satisfy your body’s protein requirements."

www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/yes-plants-have-protein

Carbohydrates, or "carbs" for short, are considered to be bad by many fad books, but there's a part of the story that is often left out about carbs. There are simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are found in processed pasta and breads, and these are indeed not good for us. Complex carbs are found in fruits and vegetables, and these are nutritious and important nutrients for us to consume.


Are vegan diets healthful?

The short answer is yes. "It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned....vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases."

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19562864


Are vegans forcing their opinions on others?

Many nonvegans feel besieged by do-gooder vegans who do their best to influence people to live vegan. While this is a natural defensive response, one could choose to see it as an opportunity to do better, once the environmental and other facts are known.

There truly is no valid reason to kill animals for food or other purposes. There's no nutrient in animals, that we cannot get directly from plants, understanding that both vegans and nonvegans should supplement B12 (according to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, 40% of nonvegans and 80% of vegans are low in B12).

Some argue the shallow "taste" argument as their reason to kill animals. Due to both some new food tech and creative vegan chef creations, there are plant-based substitutes that have fooled many nonvegans based on taste and texture that they are eating animal products when they in fact were not doing so. This could be viewed as a challenge to seek out some new tastes.

Today's vegan burger is not the vegan burger of the past. Vegan Not Dogs and other brands are delicious and don't include: "mechanically separated meat, pink slime, meat slurry...sodium erythorbate and sodium nitrite" (source: wiki). There are vegan meatballs for pasta, vegan shrimps, sushi, chicken, bacon, pork, ice cream, meat loaf, pizza and more. After a while of living vegan, the desire for substitute foods usually slips away, but sometimes vegans continue to eat those foods for decades, and that's fine, too.

"Our collective minds are stuck on this idea that talking about food’s environmental impact risks taking something very intimate away from us. In fact it’s just the opposite. Reconsidering how we eat offers us hope, and empowers us with choice over what our future planet will look like. And we can ask our local leaders – from city mayors to school district boards to hospital management – to help, by widening our food options."

The Guardian continues: " We simply need less meat and dairy and more plant-based options in our food system if we’re to reach our climate goals."

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/04/animal-agriculture-choking-earth-making-sick-climate-food-environmental-impact-james-cameron-suzy-amis-cameron

So, why do vegans keep speaking up to promote veganism? It's a progressive social change movement based on the simple principle of defending the victims: the animals. It's not so different from sticking up for a child being bullied on a playground. Most vegans also speak up to defend the environment, which needs our help to be the best stewards we can be to respect and preserve nature. Please consider joining us. Resources at bottom.

Public Vegan Policy

Many organizations, such as myriad animal rights and rescue organizations, and one city, Berkeley, CA, and one country, Germany, have taken a Public Vegan Policy. This policy stipulates that at all of their public events, only plant-based food will be served.

www.onegreenplanet.org/news/berkeley-first-city-require-vegan-meals-served-city-events


Conclusion

Renewable energy is critically important, and resources need to be devoted to converting our energy sector to renewable globally as fast as possible. This writing supports the movement to adopt 100% sustainable energy systems, it does not detract from it. This document calls on all people committed to renewable energy to adopt a plant-based diet and to forsake the anachronistic animal agriculture model.

Vegan diet impact
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.
“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” he explained, which would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html


Conclusion

This writing supports the movement to adopt 100% sustainable energy systems, energy use reductions and all sound environmental policy. Further, this document calls on all people to adopt a plant-based diet and to forsake the anachronistic animal agriculture model.

Vegan diet impact:
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.

“It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” [lead author of a five-year study Joseph Poore] explained, which would only reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/veganism-environmental-impact-planet-reduced-plant-based-diet-humans-study-a8378631.html


Sample Public Vegan Policy notification...

Vegan Policy Notification:
Date: [...]
[.................] has taken the position, in support of the environment, the animals, and for sustainability, that for all of our future events where food is served, we will only serve vegan foods.


Resources:

Video resource page of 12 categories about veganism:
www.VeganVids.com

Info and action steps to help folks move toward veganism:
www.HowToStartVegan.com







Page maintained by Daryl Elliott. To contact, look in left column under "Organizers."

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