Wednesday, December 29, 2010

41 Reasons To Go Vegetarian

A lot of times I get asked the question... "why are you a vegetarian?" I kind of stand there, not really knowing what to say because there are so many reasons! I thought that I'd take the time to write 41 reasons that I am a vegetarian. Maybe they'll inspire to you to go vegetarian, too :)

1. The meat industry cause more pollution than any other industry

2. Vegetarian diets tend to be lower in fat than omnivorous diets

3. Meat packing companies treat workers very poorly. They have very hard, unsafe jobs but aren't paid well

4. Cows are forced into an all grain diet, when they need grass to be healthy

5. Male chickens have no use to farmers, so when they are born they are thrown into a grinder

6. Vegetarianism can prevent obesity

7. Cows are a major source of methane, a gas that is harmful to the environment

8. "Children who don't eat meat will be, in my opinion, among those adults in the next generation with no heart disease and cancer"--Charles R. Attwood, MD

9. Animals are given drugs and antibiotics to make them grow faster than they would normally be grown

10. A lot of energy is required to slaughter animals

11. Vegetarianism is cool :D

12. Pigs have their teeth and tails removed within a week of being born, with no painkillers

13. Vegetarianism can prevent heart disease

14. It is a lot cheaper to buy vegetarian food that it is to buy meat

15. Vegetarianism will make you feel happy!

16. If water consumed in the making of food a person consumes is counted in the total amount of water a person consumes, then a vegetarian consumes about 300 gallons per day, whereas a meat eater consumes 4,000

17. According to a study done in 2006, the meat industry does more environmental damage than the vehicle industry

18. World hunger can be stopped if enough people go vegetarian. All that food that the animals we eat consume could be consumed by humans for a better cause

19. Cows are sensitive animals: mother cows can be heard crying for their calves after they are taken away

20. Millions of people get sick or die from infected meat every year

21. Growing grain for animal feed is wearing out the land

22. Vegetarianism can prevent cancer

23. If you're a guy: girls will see how sensitive you are and fall in love with you ;)

24. Free range doesn't mean animals were able to roam free outdoors... They were still contained in small spaces, just not in cages

25. A lot of gas is used in transporting animals from farms to slaughter houses

26. By being vegetarian, chances are you will stop eating fast food such as McDonald's and Burger King, which are very harmful to your health

27. Meat is a dead animal... D:

28. Pigs are smarter than dogs and 3 year old human children

29. Cattle Ranching is the number one cause of Amazonian deforestation

30. Vegetarians generally live longer than meat eaters

31. It's a proven fact that cows with names give more milk.

32. You get to have the amazing title of a VEGETARIAN! how cool is that?!

33. Towns in which meat packing companies are built usually have a high crime rate, as well as other problems

34. More and more doctors/nutritionists are starting to recommend vegetarian diets

35. Chickens are kept in small spaces and hardly ever see the light of day in their entire lives

36. A meat eater's diet required two to four times more farming land than a vegetarian's

37. There are no nutrients found in meat that cannot be found in non-meat sources

38. Eighty times more fossil fuels are used in the production of animal protein that the production of plant protein

39. Chickens are forced to get fat at a rate that they can't keep up with, causing them to be only able to take a few steps at a time

40. There are many diseases that vegetarians have decreased risks of getting because of their diet

41. Vegetarians are awesome!



I got this information from...
peta2.com (What They Never Told You)
Food Inc (a documentary)
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly by Marty Mattare & Wendy Muldawer
A Teen's Guide to Going Vegetarian by Julie Krizmanic
The Vegetarian Revolution by Giorgio Cerquett

Questions?? Leave me a comment and I'll get right back to you :)

2 comments:

  1. That sums it up... love it!

    Have you ever read "Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism" or "Living Among Meat Eaters: The Vegetarian's Survival Handbook"?

    I got both from the library; they re-state a lot of what we already know, but taught me a lot about veg*nism!

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  2. Glad you liked the post! I haven't read those books, but just by the title they sound really interesting! I'll have to check them out :) Thanks for recommending!

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