5 Reasons to Go Vegetarian
1. Do it for the animals. People often eat animals, ordering it by names other than what it really is, and putting it out of their mind that they are actually eating animal flesh. Many of these same people call themselves animal lovers. You can't be an animal lover and eat them. Eating animals contributes to a horrific meat production system. Animals are treated horribly, suffer greatly and lose their lives for people to eat a meal (when there are plenty of vegetarian options to choose from).
2. Do it for the environment. The process of raising animals is extremely inefficient and harmful to the planet. Raising animals for food purposes requires vast amounts of water and grain, which could be used in a more efficient manner. Additionally, the factory farms end up with tons of feces that they have to try to find something to do with. While they store a lot of it in big poop pools as I like to refer to them, they often burst and leak, contaminating nearby bodies of water, harming ecosystems and killing fish.
3. Do it for your health. The number one killer in America is heart disease. High cholesterol is at the root of eating animals. While your body makes cholesterol and heredity may play a small factor, the vast majority of high cholesterol problems (which often lead to strokes and heart attacks) come from the over-consumption of animal products. Meat is not healthy. There has even been studies linking meat, especially processed varieties, to cancer. Your body needs fiber, something that meat is completely devoid of. Your body needs fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
4. Do it to for world hunger. As mentioned above, raising animals for meat purposes is inefficient. Estimates are that it takes around 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of beef. That 16 pounds of grain could feed a lot more people around the world than the 1 pound of beef. Each day there are thousands of people that go hungry and even die from lack of food. It seems quite ridiculous to support such an inefficient food production system that is leaving millions of people to die of hunger, while others over-consume in the form of second-hand nutrients (rather than eating the grain, people eat the cow that eats the grain).
5. Do it for peace. I really believe that peace begins with what is on your plate. If you are eating meat, which is by and large the product of a violent industry, you are not eating in a peaceful manner. We have the ability to make choices that can lead to the least amount of harm and we should do it whenever possible. Eating a more peaceful vegetarian diet puts you closer to nature, so you are appreciating it, rather than harming and destroying it.
Every time you make a purchase you are literally voting with your dollar. Buy meat and you are voting in favor of the cruelties of the industry. Are you comfortable with the vote you are making?