Advantages of Being Vegetarian the Environmental Costs of Factory Farming and Ranching
Advantages of Being Vegetarian the Environmental Costs of Factory Farming and Ranching long ago, eating meat was a useful source of nutrition, since the use of hormones, pesticides and mass production methods was yet unheard of. A family raised and processed their own livestock. Every morning the large golden eggs were plucked from the chicken’s nests, which were lovingly cared for and fed healthy pesticide-free grains. (“Vegetarian”)
Today’s factory farms use everything, but in the process, they leave behind an environmental toll that generations to come will be forced to pay. Raising animals for food requires more than half the water used in the United States each year and one-third of all raw materials, including fossil fuels. This industry is the greatest polluter of our waters and is solely responsible for 85 percent of soil erosion. Our country’s meat addiction is steadily poisoning and depleting our land, water, and air. (“How to Become a Vegetarian”)
“Of all agricultural land in the United States, 87 percent is used to raise animals for food.” (“Joaquin Phoenix Calls for Standing up to Animal Cruelty …”) That is 45 percent of the total land mass of the United States.
Methane is one of four greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The world’s 1.3 billion cows produce one-fifth of all methane emitted into the atmosphere.
Raising animals for food causes more water pollution in the United States than any other industry because animals raised for food produce twenty times the excrement of the entire human population-230,000 pounds every second.
“Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the United States, more than one-third is used to raise animals for food.” (“corn – yogalouisiana”)
Rain forests are being destroyed at a rate of 125,000 square miles per year. (“WHY IS THE NUMBER OF VEGETARIANS INCREASING SO RAPIDLY …”) “The primary cause of deforestation is raising animals for food.” (“How to Become a Vegetarian”)
Coupled with the inhumane treatments of animals that are raised for human consumption, the costs of raising and processing these animals for human consumption are becoming too high. Make a commitment to reduce or eliminate meat from your diet and learn to live from the plant foods the environment naturally provides. The animals and your conscience will be better for it. (“How to Become a Vegetarian”)
Why Switch to Vegetarianism
If you have eaten meat and animal products your whole life, you might think, why switch to a vegetarian diet? (“Why You Should Switch To Vegetarian – ArticleBiz.com”) You have lived your whole life eating eggs, hamburgers, hot dogs, and poultry, so why switch now? (“What is a Plant-Based Diet and Why Have They Become So …”)
There could be many reasons to switch. Start by looking in the mirror. Are you at a healthy weight? “Do you look and feel good most of the time?” (“Why switch to vegetarianism – Change Your Life Too”) Do you wake up energized? Or do you wake up tired and sluggish?
How is your general health? Is your blood pressure within a healthy range? Are your cholesterol and blood sugar ranges normal? If they are not, consider what you are eating daily.
How do you feel after eating? Do you feel energized, as if you have fed your body what it needs? (“Vegetarians: 5 Whys To switch to vegetarianism”) Or are you tired and dragged out? Do you often need a nap after eating? Is that what food is supposed to do for us, making us tired and sleepy? (“Why switch to vegetarianism – Change Your Life Too”)
Not really. Food should nourish and feed the body and leave us energized and refreshed. The human body is a machine and needs fuel that keeps it running in peak condition. (“Why switch to vegetarianism – Change Your Life Too”) When we are fat, with high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, and other unhealthy conditions, it is like a car engine that has not been tuned or is not running on the optimal type of gasoline it needs to run efficiently.
Your body is the same way. It needs the right kind of fuel to run at peak efficiency, and when you are eating high-fat meat, or meat that has been fed antibiotics throughout its life, which is simply not the kind of fuel the human body evolved to run on.
Try eating vegetarian food for a week or a month. See if you do not feel different, more mentally acute, and more physically fit and energized. At least reverse the portion sizes you have been eating, and make meat more of a side dish, if you cannot stop eating meat altogether. (“Why switch to vegetarianism – Change Your Life Too”) Even that change can make a significant difference in your overall health and well-being. (“DSEngage – Downs Syndrome Association”)
Nourishing Our Body, Nourishing Our Spirit
Many times, our choice to become vegetarian is not only for health, environmental, or economic reasons, but also spiritual. There is a heartfelt connection between vegetarianism and the deeper side of nourishment. (“The Vegetarian Lifestyle – eBook Junkie”) “We must learn to nourish ourselves not only physically, but also spiritually.” (“Nourishing our Body, nourishing our Spirit – Awaken Zone”)
The subject of nutrition is not simply a question of the food we eat at meals. Besides nutrients, foods contain scents, colors and invisible particles that attract pure light, light that is so essential for our joyful life and well-being. The choice we make is therefore always of consequential significance. (“Nourishing our Body, nourishing our Spirit – Awaken Zone”)
Grains, fruits, and vegetables naturally grow and flourish in sunlight, and you could deduce they are their own form of light. To develop the qualities of the heart, we must eat not only peacefully, but consciously. Therefore, it makes sense to consume food that is nourished by sunlight. As a result, our emotions and our essence are illuminated and nourished as well. (“Nourishing our Body, Nourishing our Spirit – The Body Report”)
It has long been said that your body is your temple and everything that enters that temple has a direct result in who we become. Therefore, when we choose to nourish our bodies with healthful, nutrient-dense plant foods from the earth, we are in turn nourishing our souls, our spirit, and our being. The quality of your food and its physical properties not only transforms our emotions and mind but can change your appearance and personality. (“Nourishing our Body, Nourishing our Spirit – The Body Report”)
“By focusing our diet on fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season and organically produced, we are in turn connecting with nature and learning to live in harmony with it.” (“Nourishing our Body, nourishing our Spirit – Herbalife recipes”) By committing and devoting ourselves to a vegetarian lifestyle, we have also committed to nourishing our souls and our inner well-being. (“Nourishing our Body, nourishing our Spirit – WELLNISITY”) You cannot ask for a more perfect health food than that!
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
See Tomorrow: “PETA”
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