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15 Powerful Reasons To Go Veg

Green Lifestyle  (tags: vegetarian, eco-friendly, environment, conservation, greenliving, organic, healthy )

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Looking to make a positive change in your life? Go vegetarian, or better still, vegan. It's a powerful way to improve your life, your health, and the wellbeing of other people, animals, and the planet.

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Past Member (0)
Saturday March 19, 2011, 9:52 pm
Can never imagine eating anything other than vegan or (rarely) lacto-veg....How can people be so gruesome and overlook their eating repercussions? We can all evolve. No excuses.

Elaine R (130)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 2:42 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 3:40 am
Thanks Simone.

m G (12)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 7:05 pm
I know all this......however there are so many people that just don't care.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 8:19 pm
There has been a lot of deforestation on this planet for raising animals for meat also. Not eating meat also saves resources to feed other people.

Melissah C (389)
Sunday March 20, 2011, 10:31 pm

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Monday March 21, 2011, 4:07 am
Every single reason to go veg!!! Noted and thanks.

KS Goh (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:10 am
Thanks for the article.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Monday March 21, 2011, 6:50 am

Samantha Hodder (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:07 am
An excellent article. I'm always having to explain these things to people when they ask why I'm a vegetarian, but there were a couple of new ideas on this list that I'll have to keep in mind!

Kacey Wood (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:49 am
Thanks, I'm convinced!

Carol H (229)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:35 am
very good article, thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:12 am
I'm on my way to becoming a vegetarian. My husband is not thrilled, but our meat consumption is down to twice a week. The meat I buy is humanely raised & handled at local farms. When I am out, I order veggies or sustainable fish. It's difficult to make a change like this, overnight, but I'm working on it ;D

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:13 am
I'm on my way to becoming a vegetarian. My husband is not thrilled, but our meat consumption is down to twice a week. The meat I buy is humanely raised & handled at local farms. When I am out, I order veggies or sustainable fish. It's difficult to make a change like this, overnight, but I'm working on it ;D

Nigel Goodman (7)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:38 pm
Reason No 16 - you can make great food as you have to think a bit more about it

Monday March 21, 2011, 12:47 pm
It's good if you can do it, but some people can't be healthy on an exclusive diet, and you only need one reason not to be veg.... and that's your health.

It just isn't true that EVERYone can be healthy on a veg diet, and it's irresponsible to say otherwise.
We can't ALL wear size 7 shoes either!
Reality sucks, but it's reality nonetheless.

Eating LESS meat (only pasture-raised organic) and not supporting factory farming can be an option too. Meat (pasture-raised) itself doesn't cause disease if eaten in moderation, it's HOW MUCH of it and what's done to it that makes some people sick or fat.

Just don't fool yourself into thinking that you're eating non-gmo soy/corn or that there is no hexane or other chemicals in the fake meats and processed vegan foods ...especially by Kraft owned companies like Morningstar and Kashi.

A moderate well-balanced diet of organic whole foods, like the Mediterranean diet, is still the best bet for most people.

Lisa N (206)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:51 pm
I really admire those who have gone completely vegan. It really is a major commitment!! My husband & i have really made a conscious effort to cut way back on red meat. Also we don't do the fast food at all anymore.
Plenty of wonderful reasons to go vegan!! Thanks!

Maira Sun (34)
Monday March 21, 2011, 12:56 pm

Patricia A (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:09 pm
Thank you so much for this. Organic home grown & coop local home made Raw/vegan. For me all those reasons are powerful, but by far and away the most powerful is not intentionally killing an animal. So much suffering, and now with the "sustainable", "organic", "grass fed" and "free range" etc., even though there are degrees of suffering, it is not what we think it is and we mistakenly lull ourselves out of the realization that the most cruel parts of the "harvesting" of animals still takes place. I am thankful that I do not have to deal with having to reconcile and rationalize my contribution to that suffering. It matters profoundly WHO I eat. I know not everyone has that regard toward animals, it is everyone's choice. But it is painful to see such suffering. I hope more people give the animals a chance. They deserve to have the one and only thing in their possession-life. Thank you again.

Sharon F (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 1:50 pm
Going veggie is the way of the future. Please become informed of the horrendous abuse of farm animals.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Monday March 21, 2011, 2:33 pm
All of those "reasons" are neither factual nor final solutions. Farming eats up more land than cattle grazing. That is what the rain forests are being cleared for vegetable farming, not cattle grazing.

Exactly how does Cattle farming harm the ozone layer?

Eating vegan does work to lose weight, as long as you spend all of your free time playing WoW or on facebook, texting your friends and not getting out and doing things that require actual physical activity.

How about not doing your research from exclusively Vegan/Vegetarian website. Do your homework someplace that is agenda-free for a change.

Justin M (2)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:09 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday March 21, 2011, 3:53 pm
Here's a nice argument I saw online... If we all switched to vegetarian diets or vegan diets, then where would we grow all of this food? Most likely all available land, either that was grazing or farming, goes to farm, right? So if all land is producing plants for us to eat, ideally organic plants, then where does the fertilizer come from? With no, natural waste products, where does the fertilizer that so many farms use, come from? If we use artificial fertilizer, then there must be a by-product and that means we either pollute the air or the water. Also, if there are any animals and they die, what do we do with their bodies? Should we make a special burial ground for random animals we find? Say like a coyote is found dead in the middle of an organic corn field. Should we make a special grave site?

Sure, our bodies may not require meat. We may have to take 20 pills and vitamins and minerals a day to get what we could otherwise get in a single ounce of meat. But, my body does not require chocolate and I eat that. What if we only ate what our bodies required? Say bye-bye to sugars, candies and chocolates, excess carbohydrates, no mushrooms, almonds or nut or seed oils, or even apples (they contain cyanide). We eat tons of junk every day that our bodies don't need, but we do it because it tastes good.

Also,#1 was done by the Seventh-day Adventist Health Sciences Institution. These Christians believe that the Bible is absolute truth. Science has proved that Dinosaurs existed before humans, which contradicts the truth of the Bible which disproves the truthfulness behind any study by the Seventh-day Adventist Health Sciences Institution.
#2. Currently science still does not know how cancer happens. Some people smoke a cigarette and die of cancer from one smoke while some smoke a pack a day for 90 years and still live. Red meat causes cancer, smoking causes cancer, the Sun causes cancer. What doesn't cause cancer?
#3: wow, um, eggs don't have bad cholesterol. Eating a healthy diet with dairy is still healthy.
#4: The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine receive monetary contributions from PETA and other vegan and veggie organizations. This group is also only for pro veggie. So, it is not an objective group. I'm sure there is a group of doctors that is for eating meat as well.
#5: Who eats from factory farms anymore? Also, I don't remember any large recalls of my ground buffalo in the past year. People are getting badly sick from salmonella from all things veggie.
#6. Money? I can spend $100 at a small supermarket, getting ground beef or even chicken and other things to feed a family a 4 for a whole week. $100 at Whole Foods, where it was $1 an orange, last week, will get you what, 4 days worth of food?
#7: animals make methane, all animals. So, animal lovers, do we kill all the animals?
#8: I gave money to save the rainforests. We've been saving the rainforests for over 40 years now. Maybe someone should arrest or even kill those people chopping them down.
#9: This is because the US government allows the farmers to pollute the water. If you have an issue, take it up with them.
#10: Fishing is killing our oceans, chemical engineering is killing our Earth.
#11:factory farms are bad, yes, we know.
#12: Plants have emotions too:
#13: People in China do eat dogs, next.
#14: I am free of guilt and full of happiness right now :)
#15: so every meat eater can save 100 animals a year. If 100,000,000 meat eaters stopped eating meat and saved those animals, that would mean that there are now 10,000,000,000 extra animals now on the planet. Where are all of those cows going? A meat lobbyist goes to D.C. and next thing you know they declare eminent domain on YOUR property to house and let those animals free.

Veggies trying to preach to meat eaters is like a Jesus lover trying to preach to an athiest about God. Do you think that athiest will show up at church the next morning? Doubt it. People die from smoking every day, but does everyone in the world quit smoking? No.

Marta Away (55)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:11 pm
Thanks Simone.

Kim Stueck (30)
Monday March 21, 2011, 7:45 pm
Thanks. Not vegan, but I make it a point to have vegan meals a couple of times a week.

Lloyd H (46)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:17 pm
I agree with John Bauer but there are somethings that need to be added.
1) The China Health Project was biased and flawed particularly statistical. The CHP for one thing SELECTED only 65 'counties' in China, and only studied 6,500 people in total with blood and urine samples and a THREE DAYS diet diary, one set of 'select' samples from .0005% of the population, not to mention that the study is 26-27 years old, is barely statistically valid. Then you can add to that they correlated that biased tiny sample with Cancer mortality rates from 1975-76 collected by the Government of China, well noted for its honest and truthful information. The CHP information is more than just suspect.
2) Cancer risk is a big maybe at best, considering there are genetic risk factors, non-dietary environmental causes, and there is the proven direct link of phyto-estrogens, particularly from soy, to increased rates of hormone dependent cancers in men and women.
3) Heart health another big maybe so long as one does not include low thyroid induced high cholesterol, a genetic predisposition for high cholesterol, ignore stress and lifestyle and all of the known toxins both airborne and water borne.
5) Harmful antibiotics and hormones well as long as you do not count over prescription of antibiotics by doctors and the use and abuse of all the creams and ointments. And as for hormones watch out for beauty products and beware soy product and other plant based hormone replacements.
6)Cheaper well I have no Idea what planet you live on but vegetables and fruit etc here in WA are the same same or higher in price as meat, if you want organic produce etc the price is significantly higher, yesterday in the store organic tomatoes were $4.49 per pound that is nearly 3x the price of pork.
7)The meat and climate change is pure bull, the study by the UN compared a massive feed lot and every gram of Carbon produce for absolutely ever step involved for everything involved from food to waste to processing and shipping ever thing from the hay and grain farms to shipping the meat to the store BUT the chose a single care assembly plant, only considered the land it was on never figured in the carbon for any of the raw material mining, transport, refining, transport, fabrication, transport the cars and transport of all the people employed at the plant, it was beyond biased.
8)Meat depletes oxygen through deforestation, so do palm oil plantains or deforestation for crops, soy corn, rice, wheat, not to mention the plastics floating in the ocean and all of the other plankton killing human activities. Fact more of the worlds O2 is produced in the Oceans than the forests as well as more CO2 being absorbed by the Oceans than all of the forests, why do you think it is being acidified.
All in all, a really bad set of poor excuses.

Donna B (39)
Monday March 21, 2011, 8:18 pm
I went vegan for the animals but it's also done great things for my health.

Animae C (514)
Monday March 21, 2011, 9:49 pm
i'v saved that page it's excellent to forward to carnivores i know!

Susan S (187)
Monday March 21, 2011, 10:33 pm
Thanks Simone. This article is definitely worth bookmarking...a daily reminder of why I decided to go vegetarian (and may become vegan).

Noreen k-Potts (21)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 12:35 am

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 1:01 am
Great information. Been trying to go 100 percent vegetarian. I grow my own fruits and vegetables. Enjoy every moment of eating healthier.
Thanks Simone

Bon L (0)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 5:30 am
Thanks for the info.

Danny M (83)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 8:44 am
Thanks Simone!

Shawn P (88)
Tuesday March 22, 2011, 9:00 am
Great and thoughtful info, thanks....

Alcataz L (0)
Wednesday March 23, 2011, 3:34 pm
i agree with the article 100%, last year I decided to stop eating meat, and i feel great! feel much happier knowing im not part of killing so many wonderful animals!
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