Definition of Veganism
When The Vegan Society became a registered charity in 1979, the Memorandum and Articles of Association updated the
definition of “veganism” as:
"A philosophy and way of living which seeks to exclude—as far as is
possible and practicable—all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other
purpose; and by extension, promotes the development and use of animal-free alternatives for the benefit of
humans, animals and the environment. In dietary terms it denotes the practice of dispensing with all products
derived wholly or partly from animals."
From 'junk food
vegans' to raw food vegans, and
everything in between, there's a version of veganism to suit everyone. Yet one thing we all have in common is
a plant-based diet avoiding all animal foods such as meat (including fish, shellfish and insects), dairy,
eggs and honey - as well as products like leather and any tested on
Vegan world would save
millions of lives, pounds and the planet, scientists say
Tuesday, 22 March, 2016
A global move to a vegan diet would prevent millions of human deaths, cut
planet-warming emissions and save a billion dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage,
scientists have found.
In the first ever study to
estimate both the health and climate change impacts of a widespread adoption of a plant-based diet,
Oxford Martin School found that by the mid-century it would:
• avert up to 8.1 million premature human deaths
• reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 70%;
• save up to $1 billion per year in reduced
global healthcare costs.
“How much more compelling independent research do
policymakers need before they start accepting plant-based diets as the solution to health and
environment crises? The sheer scale of the projected benefits speak for themselves,” said Jasmijn de
Boo, CEO of The Vegan Society.
“Action is so desperately needed on climate
change. But without a wholesale shift in our diets away from animal products, we will fail to meet our
global warming targets by a long, long way.
“It is up to Governments to encourage dietary
transitions away from animal products. Our campaign, Grow
Green, does exactly that, calling
for subsidies for farmers diversifying away from animals into crop growing,” de Boo
The report’s lead author, Marco Springmann,
agreed: "The value of these benefits makes a strong case for increased public and private spending on
programmes aimed to achieve healthier and more environmentally sustainable diets.
"The food system is responsible for more than a
quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions, and therefore a major driver of climate change. What we eat
greatly influences our personal health and the global environment."
Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes
of climate change, responsible for roughly 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all the
transport in the world combined. Yet unlike the transport, waste and energy sectors in which emissions
reductions have repeatedly been attempted, the livestock industry escapes scrutiny.