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by Derek Dodds September 30, 2018

Wave Tribe

There’s a growing number of surfers turning vegan. Now, I know how vegans have been the butt of jokes for quite some time now.

Published by Wave Tribe

One need only to surf the internet to find out the numerous jokes, memes and puns made at the expense of the vegans.

But seriously now, if there’s any lifestyle that would probably find kinship with a group of people, it would be vegetarians.

Surfers, as a group, are more attuned to the environment, given that they spend a significant amount of time chasing waves, and looking for the next big Kahuna of a wave.

The true surfer will always find a way to minimize his plastic footprint so as not to add more stress on the marine environment.

Vegetarians, meanwhile, know how unsustainable current food production methods are, so they’ve changed their dietary patterns in order to lessen their own carbon footprint. There are some health and economic benefits to it as well which makes it an even a more attractive lifestyle choice for some people.

So I guess it’s really not a surprise that more surfers have become plant-eaters.

What is Vegetarianism anyway?

Vegetarianism, according to the Vegetarian Society, is a diet that excludes any meat, game, shell or any product that comes from animal slaughter. There are lots of reasons why people turn vegetarian; some prefer to eat vegetables because they have health issues that can only be addressed by a plant-based diet, others shift to vegetarian because meat is scarce in their environment.

An extreme form of being vegetarian is becoming vegan. A vegan diet, according to the Vegan Society, is a philosophy and a lifestyle that excludes all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food or other purposes. In short, they don’t eat meat or any meat by-product, which includes eggs, milk and even honey!

Sounds confusing? Think of it this way, vegetarians don’t mind eating eggs and milk (that’s why there’s such creatures as a lacto-vegetarian and an ovo-vegetarian) while vegans won’t even touch anything with a whiff of egg and milk in it.

Vegetarianism and Surfing Culture

In recent years, there have been a lot of professional surfers who have become more outspoken about adopting a plant-based diet; some have even identified themselves as vegan surfers.

Now, surfing culture has always been counter culture. It’s the antithesis of the American “work hard, die hard” corporate ethic. This is why it has embraced a lot of bohemian pursuits- from cannabis to green surfing-through the years. And taking up vegetarianism is such a natural progression for surfers because they can’t help but become attuned to the problems plaguing the marine environment because of humanity’s sins.

Of course, there’s a side benefit for professional surfers for becoming vegetarian.

According to Tia Blanco, eating a plant based diet helps her physically and mentally during competition. As one of the more outspoken vegans currently on tour, such comments have raised eyebrows among meat-loving populace, leading to more vegan jokes. But hey, how can one argue against the success she has been having so far?

As the world population increases each year, demand for animal-based products will also sky-rocket. This means the rate of the global production of meat will have to be accelerated in order to meet the demand.

— Derek Dodds, Wave Tribe Founder

Being Vegetarian is Good for the Environment

Increasingly though, not only is vegetarianism good for the body and soul but also for the environment. Now if there’s anything that gets the attention of a true surfer-other than the Big Wave, of course- it’s learning about how the surfing industry can be made more sustainable than it is today.

So how can going vegetarian save the environment? Let me count the ways:

1. It reduces groundwater contamination - Americans love their meat. This high consumer demand for animal meat has resulted in the growth of large-scale animal farms all over the country. According to FarmSanctuary, these animals generate more than 1 million tons of manure per day, which is three times the amount generated by the American population. These animal wastes, which contain harmful phosphorus, nitrogen and antibiotics, are stored in football-sized fields. But these are prone to leaking and when they do, the chemicals seep into nearby sources of water, polluting streams, lakes, rivers and ultimately, the ocean.

2. It cuts down global warmingGreenhouse gas emissions have largely been the culprit for the global warming that we are experiencing right now. As it turns out, livestock farming is responsible for at least 15% of these greenhouse gases because of the methane that animals produced. In another study, the United Nations also discovered that raising animals for food actually generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world combined!

3. It saves our forests – Forests absorb carbon dioxide and  help slow climate change. Unfortunately, forests worldwide are being cleared to make way for livestock farming and marine aquaculture. The Smithsonian Institute has estimated that, globally, seven football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to make way for livestock farming.

Similarly, about a fifth of mangrove forests worldwide have been lost since 1980, due to aquaculture farms. Their loss is even more significant because their growth can also help counteract the effects of rising sea levels along the coastlines.

4. It ensures environmental sustainability - As the world population increases each year, demand for animal-based products will also sky-rocket. This means the rate of the global production of meat will have to be accelerated in order to meet the demand.

But since livestock farming causes the most environmental damage through over-grazing, soil erosion, deforestation and greenhouse emission, it is not a sustainable way forward.

Meanwhile, shifting to a vegetarian diet will reduce greenhouse gas emissions like methane, nitrous oxide and carbon, save water and land resources, while also saving more than 100 animals each year from the horrific cruelty of the meat industry.


 

So, Are You Ready to Go Vegetarian?

Most likely not, even after reading this post. Shifting into a vegetarian diet requires more than just a hasty decision. After all, you’ve had years of eating meat to overcome. But changing dietary habits need not be drastic. Here are some practical ways how you can cut down your own meat consumption without going vegan.

Adopt one meatless day a week – It’s not that big of a personal sacrifice since it’s only a single day out of seven but it can help you stay motivated and determined to at least cut back on meat consumption. If you have a big family, you can make it as a major weekly event in order to generate support for eating healthy. In fact, there is now a global movement, the Meatless Monday, which seeks to do just that. Pick your own day and stick with it; your health and Mother Earth will certainly be grateful for it.

Cut serving sizes – Can’t go without meat? Then go small. Skip the double cheeseburger and settle for the single cheeseburger. Better yet, ditch the cheese and load up on lettuce and tomatoes on your burger. The more times you cut down on meat, the more easier it will be for your stomach to handle plant fiber. Alternatively, you can serve your meat dishes in smaller plates. There’s a behavioral reason for this: researchers say that smaller plates cut consumption by up to 16%. Well, that and the fact that it means easy washing later.

Eliminate processed meats – Processed meat is any meat that has been salted, canned, smoked, cured or dried. From a nutritional standpoint, processed meats aren’t really that healthy what with all the nitrates and preservatives loaded into them. In fact, there are many studies that show strong links between a regular diet of processed meats and chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. So if you are really scared of the big C, eliminating processed meat from your diet will definitely lower your risks of getting it.

Eliminate red meat – Similar to processed meats, scientists have long known that eating high amounts of red meat will also increase the risks for cancers and coronary strokes. Go for white meat instead. Eating fowl, fish or seafood can be a healthier alternative to red meat. In fact, a steady diet of fish, in particular, can help you live longer. Just ask the Japanese.

No matter how you decide to proceed, the key point here is to allow yourself to slowly adjust to a diet with less dependence on meat. Just take it step by step and soon, you might find it easy to turn your back on meat, after all.

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