World Vegan Day 2020

Climate-friendly food without animal cruelty for a sustainable future

Every year on November 1st, people all over the world who are interested in veganism celebrate “World Vegan Day.” Celebrating this day is primarily intended to inspire a vegan lifestyle in the community, with all the benefits of health, animal welfare and environmental protection. At present, the whole world is going through a period of severe pandemic and the need and importance of a sustainable future has become more and more prominent. The Meatless Monday team celebrated “World Vegan Day” this year under the theme of “Climate-friendly and cruelty free food choices for a sustainable future”.

Cruelty-free food choices

The concept of ‘vegan’ simply means living a life which free of animal cruelty. As the food production industry has a high impact on animal cruelty, there is a greater focus on food in the vegan lifestyle. There has been a lot of talk in the world about food choices or food options that are free of animal cruelty. This goal can be more easily achieved by introducing plant-based recipes with more flavors, nutrition and diversification and making them available at reasonable prices. New vegan food options are changing the perception in society that vegan food is low in taste and nutrition. It should be noted that the only difference between a vegan diet and a meat-based diet is that it does not harm any animal. It ultimately creates a sustainable consumption pattern in which both the environment and man can sustain their existence equally.

Climate-friendly food choices

In addition to the severe animal cruelty caused by the animal feed industry, its impact on climate change is enormous. Animal husbandry produces large amounts of greenhouse gases and contributes greatly to climate change. Therefore, excessive consumption of animal-based foods poses a threat to the survival of animals as well as humans. So incorporating climate-friendly food choices into our lifestyle is an important step in mitigating the impact of human activity on climate change. Under Climate-Friendly Food Choices, you can identify simple, low-cost alternatives such as switching to fresh foods that are available locally and with minimal transportation, switching to unpackaged foods, and adding more organic vegetables and fruits to your diet. The  imported foods processed with different additives for the purpose of preservation are not good for your health, economy or environmental safety. 

When it comes to animal cruelty-free and climate-friendly food options, the growing trend of home gardening is increasingly directly related to the vegan lifestyle. We could shift towards a climate friendly, healthy, nutritious diet by establishing a self-sufficient pattern of producing vegetables, fruits, and herbs for daily use, even in small home garden areas. Organic waste produced by household activities enables rich fertilizer substances for home gardening. It will also bring economic benefits to the household. On this vegan day, Meatless Monday team wishes the entire world a prosperous and sustainable future which free of animal cruelty. 


Author: Chalani Marasinghe