Why Go Vegetarian?
Here are just a few of the key facts:
For Your Health:
- Vegetarians, on average, are the longest living people in the world.
- Vegetarians have much lower rates of heart disease, certain cancers, stroke,
high blood pressure and diabetes, the most serious diseases facing western
- Vegetarians also face lower risks of other diseases such as osteoporosis,
asthma, hemorrhoids and even appendicitis.
- Many athletes are turning to a vegetarian diet, as they find they can improve
their performance by improving their diet.
For the Animals:
- Scientists have determined that animals feel pain and can suffer in much the
same way as we do.
- Most farm animals today are raised on factory farms, where they are treated if
they were objects in a factory. This results in very harsh conditions including
extreme over-crowding and other unnatural and unsanitary conditions.
- Both traditionally raised and factory farmed animals wind up at a
slaughterhouse. Many exposés have documented inhumane treatment in
slaughterhouses, giving substance to the old saying that if slaughterhouses had
glass walls we’d all be vegetarians.
For the Environment:
- The raising of livestock generates more global warming gases than all the
cars, trucks, trains, ships, and planes put together
- Livestock is the biggest cause of deforestation, soil erosion, and a leading
source of water pollution.
- Raising livestock consumes vast amounts of non-renewable resources such as
fossil fuels compared to producing vegetarian food.
For the World’s Hungry
- Feeding grains and other crops to animals instead of people wastes 90% of the
calories and 96% of the protein.
- This inefficiency is a leading cause of global hunger, and as global meat
consumption rises, it’s only going to get worse.
- For every one meat meal, twelve vegetarian meals could be raised on the same
land and resources.
For the Spirit:
- Vegetarian diets are considered a perfectly acceptable option in all the
world’s major religions. For many, a vegetarian diet represent voluntarily going
beyond minimum requirements.
- A surprising number of religious leaders throughout history were vegetarians.
Today, many religious leaders and members of various religions and traditions
consider vegetarian diets to be spiritually enhancing.
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