What Is Veganism, Really?

by Sarah Von Alt|
October 25, 2016

As people become increasingly aware of the widespread damage caused by the meat industry, they’re eating less meat or ditching it altogether in favor of delicious vegan foods. In fact, over the past 10 years, American meat consumption has declined by 10 percent! 
And because people eat vegan food for a variety of reasons, including animal ethics and health and environmental concerns, there is sometimes confusion about what veganism really is. 
Simply put, veganism is a lifestyle that promotes compassion for animals and lessens our impact on the planet and its inhabitants, including at every meal. 
Veganism isn’t about perfection or purity; it’s about living our lives in a way that avoids exploiting or harming animals and takes a stand for a kinder world.  


Each of us has the power to create a less violent and more sustainable world every time we sit down to eat. 
For many of us, when we take the time to think critically about the impact we want to have on the world, including animals, it becomes clear that eating meat just isn’t in line with our values. We realize that there is no good justification for animal cruelty or the various other serious problems caused by animal agriculture. 
Ready to give it a shot? Click here for meal ideas, savory recipes, and tips on making the switch.

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