Going Veg & the Environment

Making Sustainable Food Choices

We, at HappyCow, are dedicated to promoting a sustainable lifestyle and fostering a supportive space for people from all walks of life to come together and discuss about subjects that matter (Eco-Vegan): health, happiness, community, open exchange, food, the environment.

On the subject of environment and climate change, does what we eat make a difference? To that we say, "Absolutely!" Because our ecosystem is so inter-connected, the everyday food choices we make matter.

The resources on this page will help you learn how you can help the environment with your food choices, eating habits, and general living decisions.

Going Vegan Saves 4,200 liters of Water Every Day and More

The chair of the UN panel on climate change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, says that the best thing people can do to fight against climate change is eat less meat.

Going vegan will have the biggest effect, but even going vegetarian, or cutting out as much meat as possible can have a huge impact on the environment.

Go Vegan and save!

(Source: veganismbythenumbers.com - now defunct)

Eating less meat leads to fewer farmed animals, which consume a lot of resources to raise.

On average, a vegan diet saves:

  • 4,200 liters of water per day.
  • 20.4 kilograms of grains per day.
  • 9.1 kilograms CO2 equivalent per day.
  • 2.8 meters squared of forested land per day.

Those are significant numbers, which illustrate that one person can make a difference.

At this point, it's important to understand that animal agriculture, is just one of the ways that our food and living decisions affect the environment.

If you're interested in minimizing your environmental impact, take a close look at the resources in the following sections.

How to Save the Environment Through Your Food Choices

Beyond going vegetarian or vegan, there are other ways our food habits impact the environment.

These resources will help you understand the effects of your habits, and how to make small eating changes to reduce your impact:

Understanding Agriculture and its Environmental Impact

Agriculture is necessary for modern societies, but not all types of agriculture have the same environmental impact.

The following resources should really make it clear the effect of agriculture on the environment, and what you can do to minimize it.

Living Green and Taking Care of the Environment

Finally, many people who go vegetarian or vegan gain an increased awareness of why it's important to minimize our environmental footprint.

Reducing our footprint does include our food choices, but goes beyond that as well.

The following resources will give you some things to think about that should lead you in the right direction:

Last edited by Dale C. Feb 2018.