It’s World Vegan Day.
Celebrated every year on November 1, the purpose of this day is to adopt a plant-based diet and raise awareness about compassion toward animals
British Animal Rights Activist Louise Wallis created World Vegan Day in 1994.
Did you know what Bill Gates, Ariana Grande, Brad Pitt, Venus Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul McCartney, Miley Cyrus, Stevie Wonder, Kyrie Irving, Edie Falco, Don Imus, and Coretta Scott King have in common? Well, other than being celebrities, they are all committed to a vegan diet.
According to the Vegan Society, more than 60 percent of adults have turned to veganism in the last three years, while over half of them are aged between 15 and 34.
Here are five things you should know about veganism:
Origin of the word ‘Vegan’
Wondering where did the word ‘vegan’ come from? Well, it was towards the end of World War II, when Donald Watson coined the term vegan. He was an English animal rights advocate who founded the Vegan Society. Watson got inspired by the word vegetarian and joined the first three letters with the last two, forming the word ‘vegan.’
Existence of veganism
Would you believe that the first vegan cookbook was released in the United States in 1874? The book, called “The Hygeian Home Cook Book,” was published at that time in New York. It was the American physician, Russell Thatcher Trall, who published the book. He was one of the founders of the American Vegetarian Society. Well, nowadays, you will find thousands of vegan recipe books.
Going vegan saves water
Here’s another reason to go vegan. You can literally save water by simply adopting a plant-based diet. Animal farming is the thirstiest farming than plant farming. It takes a humongous amount of water, approximately 9,000 liters, to produce only one pound of beef, while to produce a pound of potato, it takes only 60 liters of water.
Please note that celebrating World Vegan Day is not only about sharing facts but also about propagating the need for compassionate living. Today, vegans actively promote diets that comprise vegetables and fruits apart from other plant-based foods. They advise you to get rid of animal products in your diet and lifestyle.