3. Disputed Research
It seems that research that was shunned by the scientific community a couple of decades ago is beginning to gain traction. Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s The China Study, in which he promotes a whole foods plant-based diet, has sold 750,000 copies as of January of 2013, becoming one of America’s best-selling books about nutrition.
Campbell’s 20 year study claims that meat is actually harmful to the human body, presenting evidence to support the claim that animal protein promotes heart disease among other ill-health effects. However, much vegan popularity has come not from scientific research but from unscientific vegan propaganda, leaving out information that would convince some that veganism is not as necessary as it sounds.
In an attempt to solve global warming, many vegans are beginning to point fingers at meat-eaters. Many believe that shifting toward a vegan diet on a large scale would be a key component in combating climate change.
Many vegans highlight the 18% of greenhouse gases that the livestock sector is responsible for, as well as the deforestation necessary to house farmed animals.
But many argue that these facts are small compared to the bigger contributing factors in the area of climate change.
These factors, among others, have contributed to the vegan diet’s rise in popularity. Perhaps the trend will eventually die down, as more people come to the conclusion that the vegan diet is too limiting for them. But until then, the diet’s popularity continues to trend upwards.