After watching the new Netflix film Okja, tons of people are swearing off meat. Okja tells the story of a young girl named Mija and her fight to save her best friend, a “superpig” named Okja, from slaughter. The film has many people questioning whether eating meat is really in line with their values. Here are a few things to remember if you’re considering the “Okja diet”:
1. You’ll spare animals a lifetime of suffering.
By ditching cruel animal foods, we can take a stand against an industry that treats animals as unfeeling meat, milk, and egg machines and spare the lives of about 30 farmed animals each year.
2. You will cut your carbon footprint in half.
Yes, you read that right. Climate change is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence on the planet, and going vegan cuts your CO2 emissions in half!
3. You don’t have to live on salads and tofu.
From ice cream, cheese, and butter to burgers and hotdogs, there are mouthwatering vegan versions of all your favorite foods. With a few simple swaps, we can easily enjoy our favorite recipes.
Plus, tons of your favorite foods are already vegan!
4. Vegan eating is affordable.
Some of the most affordable foods on the planet are vegan, including rice, beans, legumes, pasta, and all kinds of fruits and veggies. Here are a few tips for eating vegan on a budget.
5. You don't need to be an expert on everything.
You might get a lot of questions from friends and family after your decision to become vegan, and it’s OK if you don’t have all the answers. Be honest, and speak from personal experience. Here are some pointers for having a conversation about veganism with a meat eater.
6. You don’t have to be perfect.
Being vegan isn't about being perfect, but it is one of the best steps we can take to help end animal cruelty. If you accidentally eat something that isn’t vegan, don’t beat yourself up. You can always start fresh at your next meal.
By choosing healthy and humane plant-based foods, we can live in line with our values of compassion and take a stand for a kinder world. Ready to give it a shot? Click here for meal ideas, savory recipes, and tips on making the switch.