Why Veggie Many of my friends and relatives expre…

June 6, 2006

Why Veggie

Many of my friends and relatives expressed surprise when they were told that I have become a vegetarian overnight. Was it impulse? Was it a cult group that converted me? Have I gone mad???

The answer is no. Not an impulse although it took a mere minute for me to make a life changing decision. No cults, never been them all my life. Mad? That is relative isn’t it? It depends on how one chooses to look at a situation. Is the glass half empty or half full?

Off hand I can think of a few reasons why going vegetarian is the best decision I have ever made – make the world a kinder, a more compassionate place to live in, a healthier lifestyle, play a part in saving the world.

Will I starve just eating vegetables? No. There are lots of choices – beans, legumes, grains, cereals, vegetables, fruits. Being vegetarian, I can still eat eggs and milk. With modern health supplements, a vegetarian can live as healthily, if not healthier than a non-vegetarian.

Now for the statistics. Some facts to become a veggie.

Save the Animals
Hundreds & millions of animals & fish are killed each day for food.

Farmed animals suffer horrible abuse. They are neglected, starved, drugged, mutilated, injected with hormones and growth enhancers, transported through extreme weathers and finally violently slaughtered.

Factory farmers’ goal is to produce as much meat as quickly as possible and as cheaply as possible. In order to maximize space & profits, farmed animals such as cows, calves, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese are crammed into small & dirty cages or stalls with little or no space to move.

Fishes are not spared either. Due to the increase demand for fish, now 39 percent of fish species in the ocean are over harvested. The American Food & Agriculture Organisation reported that 11 of 15 of the world’s major fishing grounds have become depleted.

Save the Earth
Non-CO2 methane is the main contributor to global warming and the main source of methane is animal agriculture.

Animal agriculture produces more than 100 million tons of methane a year. About 85% of this methane is produced in the digestive processes of livestock. An additional 15% of animal agricultural methane emissions are released from untreated farm animal waste which is also the number one source of water pollution.

Stop World Hunger
While 840 million people around the world, including 200 million children go hungry, 40 percent of the world’s grain is fed to livestock, not people. U.S. livestock alone consume about one-third of the world’s total grain harvest.

A plant diet could feed everyone while meat-based diet feeds about 35 percent of the world’s population.

Save Myself
Vegetarians live longer and suffer less from diseases like cancer, heart attack, obesity, hypertension, stroke and diabetes. Some vegetarian diets can even be used to treat illnesses.
Some research even suggest that dementia may be linked to meat-based diet.

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