Veganism and sustainability

Hello. I am an omnivore who has stumbled onto a few vegan threads recently. I admire your collective conviction that veganism is simply a less cruel option. I also know that certain products i.e. milk alternatives, etc. are simply much more sustainable. I am looking to be convinced, or given sources/articles/opinions I can read which address the following points:

my ability to afford vegan food which is affordable. I am a college student and meat and animal products at least seems more affordable and accessible. How easy is it to be vegan with limited time and money?

can an individual adopting veganism make a significant environmental impact when compared with vegetarianism, or simply choosing specific options that have less environmental impact(i.e. meat less frequently, vegan milk)?

Thirdly, and more fun: have any of you tried soylent? i’m flirting with the idea of transitioning to a mostly-soylent diet.

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meat and animal products at least seems more affordable and accessible.

this really sucks, meat and other animal agriculture industries are heavily subsidized and they are rather cheap, at this point we need to break this vicious cycle, you can help with that by being involved in doing vegan activism

How easy is it to be vegan with limited time and money?

in my experience that is also confirmed by many other vegans it is cheaper to go on a vegan diet, except for buying plant-based milks, which are very expensive, especially if you don’t live a western country where veganism is somewhat more advanced

in this case try to search for local brands of plant-based milks, for example where i live there’s a local brand of plant-based milks that’s only 20 to 30 percent more expensive than dairy milk

buy a book with vegan recipes to help yourself at first

can an individual adopting veganism make a significant environmental impact when compared with vegetarianism, or simply choosing specific options that have less environmental impact(i.e. meat less frequently, vegan milk)?

according to this study, veganism is the single best way to reduce your environmental impact, reducing your carbon footprint by up to 72 percent

and according to this report a shift towards a diet that relies less on carbon-intensive animal products (which is the diet that you are comparing to a vegan diet I’m assuming) could reduce your carbon footprint by up to 35 percent

judge for yourself, i personally think that the difference is more significant than that, just look at the water usage statistics by Water Education Foundation

(they use some kind of really awful weight and volume measure system, i can’t read this shit, but it’s safe to say that animal products use enormous amounts of water and also land and other resources)


some of these studies are behind a paywall, so can try to email the authors of the study, they may send you a cope freely, as in a lot of cases the paywall is imposed by shitty and greedy publishers or you can simply pirate them :)

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Hey thank you! You have definitely given me a lot to think about. I appreciate you taking the time to write this out.

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When you adapt its easy and awesome. 👍 you really dont need soylent… just learn the food to eat its much more fun…pasta or rice combinations 😍 ps: dont forget peanuts for b12…GL (over year meatless, Love it)

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