# Reasons for adopting a vegan diet
(as vegan as possible and practical)
Dramatically reducing deforestation
Dramatically reducing your carbon footprint
- Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local
- What are the carbon opportunity costs of our food?
Decreasing the chance of a global pandemic (bird-flu, swine-flu, covid-19, etc)
Leaving more land for biodiversity
- Half of the world’s habitable land is used for agriculture
- If the world adopted a plant-based diet we would reduce global agricultural land use from 4 to 1 billion hectares
Ethical reasons & reducing your cognitive dissonance
- The Meat Paradox, Omnivore’s Akrasia, and Animal Ethics
- Why do people hate vegans?
- A video about carnism vs veganism
Psychologists have used the term “meat paradox” to explain why people may emphasize their concern for animal welfare and yet eat meat, the production of which has caused suffering to nonhuman creatures. This paper explores the meat paradox through the philosophical concept “akrasia”. Akrasia refers to a situation, where one believes in a fact or value x, and yet acts against that fact or value.
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