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7 Reasons to Fight Climate Change with a Plant-Based Diet

Despite many politicians being unwilling to say the words, climate change is officially upon us. Scientists, academics, and forward-thinking leaders agree that this is the most devastating problem facing our planet.

So what can we actually do about it? Well, if you’re an average person without a vote in Congress or a billion-dollar company, you can go plant-based. It’s the single most significant change any individual can make when it comes to combating climate change.

If you need some more facts, figures, and general incentive to consider opting into a plant-based lifestyle, here are seven reasons to get on board:

7. Methane (the gas farm animals excrete through digestion and in the massive quantities of feces they produce) is 25 to 100 times more destructive than carbon dioxide (the gas released by burning fossil fuels like oil and gasoline). And animal agriculture is the single largest source of methane emissions.

6. People who eat meat are responsible for almost twice as many dietary greenhouse-gas emissions each day as vegetarians and about two and a half times as many as vegans.

5. While low estimates suggest that animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, a comprehensive report published by the Worldwatch Institute suggests that the number is actually 51 percent or more. 51 PERCENT. (To give you some perspective, ALL transportation across the globe (planes, cars, boats, et al) accounts for only 13 percent of emissions.)

4. Some of the smartest and most successful people in the world have made the switch. From James Cameron to Al Gore to Paul McCartney to Cory Booker to Jessica Chastain ... the list goes on. It's an elite group you totally want to be a part of.

3. If the world doesn’t make a dramatic shift towards animal products, climate change will be nearly impossible to stop. So said an Oxford University study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). In the words of the study’s lead author Dr. Marco Springmann, “I hope the numbers we provide and the huge benefits that we estimate would make policy makers and industry individuals seriously consider what could be done and really discuss frameworks that would encourage more plant-based eating.”

2. Vegan food is delicious. Seed 's lineup is proof of that! Anything goes in the plant-based world these days, from cupcakes to hamburgers to cocktails to cheese, and Seed will showcase some of the best vegan eats in the world. All-star chefs, brands, and culinary celebrities will make believers out of even the most die-hard carnivores. There's no doubt about it -- it's an indulgent, mouthwatering -- yet eco-conscious lifestyle.

1. Every day, a vegan saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forested land, 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.

(Many of these facts are discussed in Cowspiracy, an amazing documentary by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn that served as a wake-up call for millions of people who were unaware of the environmental devastation caused by the animal agriculture industry. It’s on Netflix. Watch it!)

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