Are you looking for an easy way to add an extra $1,000,000 to your retirement bucket? It’s simple — go vegan. If you become vegan, not only will you be helping to save the planet from worldwide food shortages within thirty years but, you’ll also save an average of $2,600 a year on food expenses (and about $7,500 a year if you have a vegan spouse and two vegan kids). If you only reinvest your $2,600 in the stock market every year and earn an average return of 8%, after 44 years, you and your spouse will retire with an extra $1,051,000. And if you wait 45 years, you and your spouse will retire with an extra $1,141,000!.
So why is going vegan so much cheaper?
The average meat-eating diet requires about 13 times more water and 18 times more land to produce than the average all plant-based diet. Someone has to pay for all that extra water and land, and that someone is you, the end consumer. If you think you can’t get enough nutrition from a vegan diet, look to Israel, where 5% of the country is vegan, and soldiers have the option to go vegan and receive leather-free boots and a small allowance to buy alternative foods in the mess halls. Or look to celebrities like Bill Gates, Natalie Portman, Bill Clinton, Carrie Underwood, Al Gore, and even the once heavyweight boxing champion of the world Mike Tyson, who went fully vegan in 2010. (These people are doing it, and they don’t even need the extra million.)
If you’re an athlete who believes meat and dairy give you a competitive edge, look to Carl Lewis, the world-famous United States track runner and Olympic Gold medalist who said he ran the best race of his life in 1991 after he turned vegan to prepare for the race.
The benefits of going vegan don’t stop with financial savings and health. In fact, the vegan diet will help save the planet from fishless oceans, the destruction of our planet’s only lungs (our rainforests) and even reduce each person’s carbon footprint by 51%. That’s better for the environment than walking to work, recycling, and living in a cabin off the grid combined.
Based on initial conversations from the United Nations about the increasing severity of global warming, countries all over the world will likely begin to tax meat and dairy within 10 years; the animal agriculture industry is the single largest contributor to global warming, and with our world population set to boom to close to 9.3 billion people by 2050, the planet simply can’t sustain ten billion human carnivores.
No one denies that meat and dairy are delicious, but a million dollars in potential retirement income is difficult to ignore. (Who couldn’t use an extra million?) Plus, do you really want your grandkids to live in a world with no rainforest and no fish in our oceans?
Go vegan. Improve your health and energy. Retire with an extra million dollars. And save our future generations from inheriting a planet on life support.
Have you experimented with a vegan diet? If so, did you notice significant savings?
This article was written by Michael Brunet, the author of Greedlicious. His goal is to get 50% of North America to go vegan at least 6 days a week by 2019.
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