Top Ten Reasons to Go Vegetarian During World (and National) Vegetarian Week
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– Helping Animals Also Helps the Global Poor
While there is ample and justified moral indignation about the diversion of 100 million tons of grain for biofuels, more than seven times as much (760 million tons) is fed to farmed animals so that people can eat meat. Is the diversion of crops to our cars a moral issue? Yes, but itâ€™s about one-eighth the issue that meat-eating is. Care about global poverty? Try vegetarianism.
– Eating Meat Supports Cruelty to Animals
The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On todayâ€™s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything else that is natural and important to them. They wonâ€™t even get to feel the warmth of the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.
– Eating Meat Is Bad for the Environment
A recent United Nations report entitled Livestockâ€™s Long Shadow concludes that eating meat is â€œone of the â€¦ most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.â€ In just one example, eating meat causes almost 40 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world combined. The report concludes that the meat industry â€œshould be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity.â€
– Heart Disease: Our Number One Killer
Healthy vegetarian diets support a lifetime of good health and provide protection against numerous diseases, including the United Statesâ€™ three biggest killers: heart disease, cancer, and strokes. Drs. Dean Ornish and Caldwell Esselstyn â€” two doctors with 100 percent success in preventing and reversing heart disease â€” have used a vegan diet to accomplish it, as chronicled most recently in Dr. Esselstynâ€™s Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, which documents his 100 percent success rate for unclogging peopleâ€™s arteries and reversing heart disease.
– Cancer: Our Number Two Killer
Dr. T. Colin Campbell is one of the worldâ€™s foremost epidemiological scientists and the director of what The New York Times called â€œthe most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.â€ Dr. Campbellâ€™s best-selling book, The China Study, is a must-read for anyone who is concerned about cancer. To summarize it, Dr. Campbell states, â€œNo chemical carcinogen is nearly so important in causing human cancer as animal protein.â€
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