My quest started as a young thirteen-year-old girl at boarding school. I came across some videos, one in particular played with my emotional heartstrings. This video was called Earthlings, it showed the extreme levels of pain animals are put through for human food consumption. It gruesomely shows the brutality of animals used for farming. At this point, I’d seen enough. I knew I had to make a change.
This isn’t a temporary buzz or a fashion statement that’s going to be tossed into a charity bag the following summer. This is a lifestyle – one that hugely impacts our bodies, our minds, our morals, and the world we live in. You are what you eat and by eating clean this reflects the way you think act and ultimately behave.
The thirteen-year-old Harika at this stage didn’t even know about the other important factors that continued my drive to maintain this diet. Environmentally a huge amount of land is needed for animal agriculture and as a result, this has led to 75% of global deforestation – not for timber but for the land to graze animals on!
Growing up coming from an Indian upbringing it almost comes as second nature to be vegetarian, although majority of the time I try to be dairy free its still a transitional period and ultimately I still can’t give up a good Veggie pizza and I’m content with that but over the years learning about the health benefits just solidified my decision – A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
The earth’s biodiversity is also at threat including marine life – nutrients from animal waste, factory farms, sewage, nitrogen compounds and fertilizer are swept down rivers which causes algal blooms which takes up oxygen in the water allowing next to nothing to live.
This is just my knowledge and understanding which has led me down this path but even if you aren’t Vegan or Vegetarian I’d still recommend watching some of these life-changing documentaries to gain a much deeper understanding:
Cowspiracy Gmo Omg Earthlings What the Health
Ultimately the simplest thing we can do to make an impact environmentally and physically is to stop consuming meat.
Thanks for reading!