Saturday, 7 November 2015

Why I'm Vegetarian

Recently I decided to become vegetarian, and many of my friends have asked 'why?' and 'whats the point?'
So I thought in this post I would tell you all why I decided to become vegetarian so you would understand why some people decide to not eat meat...

1) It's healthy
The health benefits associated with a healthy and well-balanced vegetarian (or vegan) lifestyle are undeniable. Countless studies have shown that a well-planned, nutritious, plant-based diet is associated with a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and stroke, as well as with longer life expectancy.
(Directly from google)

2) The industry
I personally think the way animals are killed is wrong, the industry can be quite scary in places.
Honestly, I find it sickening that animals are killed, they have rights like us and need to be cared for.

3) Environment
The meat industry is in fact very bad for the environment:

* Cows must consume 16 pounds of vegetation in order to convert them into 1 pound of flesh. Raising animals for food consumes more than half of all water used in the U.S. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat.

* Producing just one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food.

* A typical pig factory generates the same amount of raw waste as a city of 12,000 people. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, raising animals for food is the number-one source of water pollution.

* Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. That’s 45 percent of the total land mass in the U.S. About 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to produce feed for animals raised for food. The meat industry is directly responsible for 85 percent of all soil erosion in the U.S.

* More than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of the oats are fed to livestock. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people—more than the entire human population on Earth. According to the Worldwatch Institute, “Roughly 2 of every 5 tons of grain produced in the world is fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products, especially of beef, could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on land.”

 I would just like to point out that I don't want to change anyone's opinion on eating meat, this is mine and wanted to share it.

If you have any question, feel free to ask in the comments.

See you soon!

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