Veganism is gaining momentum worldwide. And vegan musicians are leading the trend.
Plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyles are becoming popular in industries everywhere; doctors are enjoying the health benefits of vegan food, fashion designers are presenting animal-free skins in their work, and athletes are using plant-based diets to increase performance.
The music scene is equally involved. More and more artists are going vegan and many are keen to let fans know.
Why Celebrity Go Vegan
Various factors motivate celebrities to become vegan. Health is an important motivator. A growing research bank finds links between meaty, dairy products and eggs and diseases. Animal products often contain high levels of saturated and trans fat, which can increase blood cholesterol. High cholesterol can increase the risk of peripheral artery disease, stroke and heart attack.
More than ever, celebrities are doing their part for the planet by updating their diet. Animal agriculture is to blame for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire transport sector combined. It also uses far more land and water than plant-based agriculture.
Animal welfare is another leading reason for celebrities to become vegan. The meat, dairy and egg industries are usually violations of animal welfare violations. Several musicians make the connection between what is on their plate and the animal it is sourced from, and boycott animal products to take a stand against animal cruelty.
Benefits of a Vegan Diet
The decision to adopt a vegan diet can result in a number of health benefits. Plant-based foods do not naturally contain cholesterol; Cholesterol is found only in animal products. Vegan foods also contain good amounts of fiber, while animal-based foods have none. Cholesterol-free, high-fiber diets lower the risk of illness and can extend the life span. Data collected from 185 observational studies said that individuals who eat the most fiber are 15 to 30 percent less likely to die prematurely. Fiber-rich diets were also linked to 16 to 24 percent reduced incidence of type 2 diabetes, stroke and colon cancer.
Vegan Diet and Climate
Vegan lifestyle is also good for planetary health. Eating animal-free products can help cleanse the planet and save resources.
According to Cowspiracy, 70 to 90 percent of freshwater pollution in Western countries is related to animal breeding. A study by the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC), published in Nature in 2018, found that a vegan diet uses five times less water than a meat-based one.
The most comprehensive analysis of the impact of aquaculture on the planet looked at data from 40,000 farms in 119 countries. Scientists found that if everyone on the planet went vegan, global agriculture would decline by 75 percent. This move would release landmass the size of Australia, China, the EU and the US together.
Oxford University researcher Joseph Poore, who led the study, stated: "A vegan diet is probably the biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, agriculture and water use . ”
17 Vegan Musicians
1. Sir Paul McCartney
Former Beatles frontman Sir Paul McCartney has lived meat-free since 1975, but these days rock & # 39; n & # 39; role-legend all-vegan.
His plant-based diet has propelled him through his recent solo world tours where he performed two and a half hour shows with more than 30 songs.
The 77-year-old made a short documentary with daughters Mary and Stella McCartney that looked at the effects of animal farming on the planet. The movie, called "One Day of the Week," also features vegan actors Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson, urging people to reduce meat consumption. "[If] we all participate in this effort, we can help improve the environment, reduce the negative effects of climate change and even improve people's health," McCartney said.
He added, "Through this campaign I can tell people: & # 39; Just try it & # 39; and show that it can actually be quite fun when you look at what you do, what you eat, how you live and think, & # 39; is this me "Should I do the rest of my life, or would it be interesting to try to make a change? "
2. Billie Eilish
At age 17, American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has taken the world by storm with hits such as "bad guy" and "bellyache." The musician became vegan around 2014. She wrote in a blog post that there was " Many reasons "for the lifestyle change, including the impact of dairy on health and animal welfare – " leave animals at peace, " she wrote.
In June, Eilish took to Instagram to encourage people to think twice about the food on their plates. She shared undercover footage taken at Fair Oaks Farms, an Indiana plant that supplies cow's milk to the Fairlife dairy brand. The exposure, which is said to be the largest undercover dairy survey ever, showed farm workers abusing calves.
“If you can watch the videos that I just posted and don't give a [expletive] that you contribute to the LITERARY EATING creatures that are totally tortured just for your enjoyment. I feel sorry for you, " wrote to his 26.1 million followers.
" I understand that meat tastes good … and I know you think you're just a person and it won't change something if you stop, & # 39; ” Eilish continued. "But it is ignorant and stupid."
3. Miley Cyrus
Pop sensation Miley Cyrus went vegan in 2014, the same year she adopted a rescue pig named Bubba Sue.
In 2018, Cyrus had 16 animals living with her, including nearly 10 rescue dogs, one of which, a beagle rescued from laboratory testing.
The musician's bond with her animals is near. She told Howard Stern in 2017 that her rescue pigs prevented her from touring. "The only reason I don't tour is literally because of the [expletive] pigs. That's how much I love those pigs," she said .
Cyrus has also been speechless about the need to save the planet. At the Tinderbox festival in Odense, Denmark, the artist gave a passionate talk about marine pollution. "I do not like that there is more [expletive] rubbish in the water than live [expletive] animals that deserve to be there, which has nowhere else to go," the artist "She is coming" said. “And in [expletive] way, we have no place to [expletive] go either! There is no planet B, so not [expletive] up! ”
4. A $ AP Rocky
American rapper A $ AP Rocky revealed his recently adopted vegan lifestyle in his latest single, "Babushka Boi." He is rapping on the track, "I don't have dumb balls either. Sh * t, I'm not a duck sauce since I became vegan. "
The musician became a pescatarian in 2011 and later stopped eating fish, and told Rolling Stone that eating meat-free helps him " cleanse my mind, body and soul. "
The animal welfare and health causes were behind the change. He told Complex in 2012, “ I started researching and figured out how to treat these animals before, you know, serving them. They inject them with steroids and medicines that enhance growth. None of those things are healthy, and on top of that, the [expletive] animals were stressed and compressed all the time, ”he said. “The type of food that goes into your body is unhealthy. I don't mean to sound strange, but that's what it is. "
12. Jermaine Dupri
Jermaine Dupri has been vegan for more than 12 years. The American rapper first dipped his toes in plant-based eating by attending a 25-day cleanse. "The energy I had, the way I felt, I was just trying to figure out at that time how could I keep the same feeling. People were like: & # 39; Well, you must be vegan, & # 39; " he said last year for a campaign that encouraged people to" feel the beets, lose the meat, go vegan. "
" The vegan lifestyle, to me, is the best lifestyle. And I want to get the world into this, " said the Grammy Award winner.
13. Gabrielle Aplin
26-year-old singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin adopted a plant-based diet in 2014. "Today I embark on my entirely vegan adventure. Trembling at the thought of no blue mustard cheese or just no cheese at all. "No. Cheese on everything," she wrote on Facebook.
But the British musician seems to be doing just fine. The "Please Don't Say You Love Me" singer now has her own vegan cooking show on YouTube called Food With Friends. The online series sees her whipping up milk-free mac & # 39; n & # 39; cheese, eggless omelette, vegan buffalo survivors and plant-based jackfruit taco.
The American musician Moby has no silence about his animal rights activism and vegan. The artist recently got a "vegan for life" tattoo on his neck. "I've been vegan for almost 32 years, so getting this tattoo seemed like a pretty safe bet," he wrote on Instagram last month.
In 2018, Moby sold his personal record collection – which contained more than 1,000 records – and more than 100 music equipment and donated the money to PCRM, a nonprofit research organization that promotes a plant-based diet for optimal health. – worth $ 1,300,000 – and donated part of his proceeds to his Animal Rights Foundation.
15. Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz adopted a plant-based in 2011. The "I Yours" artist wrote on his blog at the time that he felt "stronger, better, healthier and more productive ” as a vegan. "I cycle longer stretches on my bike, can do more pull-ups than ever, and my brain seems to have a greater capacity for new projects, problem solving, songwriting and field random questions," Mraz so.
“My health and strength make me a better practitioner, and all that gives me more confidence to go out into the world and shine my light. It also makes me much better in bed. Just say… ” he added.
The musician also lives on a five and a half acre avocado farm, which is perhaps the most vegan thing about him.
Member of Wu-Tang clan RZA believes veganism leads to a "better tomorrow."
The American rapper was partially motivated by ethics to ditch animal products. He told PETA in 2014 that there is nothing "on this planet that will not live."
"I'm pretty sure [animals] won't be on my plate … When you eat [animal products] you eat the stress, eat the disease, eat the fear. " he said, and also added, " I do not need a dead animal or a dead piece of meat to enter my living body. ”
Last year, RZA launched its own vegan fashion series. The collection includes shirts, jackets, CDs, hats, socks and cruelty-free leather wallets.
17. Dawn Richard
American singer-songwriter Dawn Richard went vegan "cold turkey" after her father's cancer diagnosis. "Everything has changed for me and for the better," Richard commented, also saying that veganism is about "more than just food, it's a lifestyle."
She thinks more people need to tie the connection between what's on their plate and the animal food was sourced from. "People forget that it starts with the animals, and we have abused them as if they are not like us," she said. "The mistreatment of them, it comes into our food."