1. HELP ! WE CAN’T FEED THE WORLD. Too much land is taken up by growing food to feed animals so we can eat them. If we cut out the animals, and grew food just for us to eat direct, we could start to ensure all the world could get fed.
OK, I know not everyone wants to eat a plant-based diet, and there will always be a large number of people who want to continue to eat meat and dairy. Agreed. We can see from smokers who continue to smoke even in the face of overwhelming evidence that smoking kills you, that some people will fly in the face of logic. There was even a brand of cigarette in the nineties called Death, with a white skull and crossbones on a black packet and a strapline of “these will kill you”. Sales went well and only a lawsuit by a drinks company selling “Black Death” eventually forced it to “kill the brand” in 1999. The good news is that more and more younger people, the ones who think, are working out that a meat and dairy based diet is not what they want for themselves or their own children. Hope lives on.
2. Greenhouse gases are still an issue and will continue to be so. We are not tackling the problem with the urgency it needs. 25% of GLOBAL EMISSIONS come from the Animals we process for our food. 2050 will not be a good time for Planet Earth at the rate we are progressing. It looks a long way off, but it isn’t in real terms. I won’t be here, but my children will be, and my grandchildren will be. We’re not leaving them a good legacy, with an overcrowded, under-fed world suffering from global warming and pollution (among other things).
3. The SAVINGS ON HEALTHCARE would be enormous. You can eat a lot of fruit, veg, nuts and legumes and still fit in an armchair. Take the same quantity of burgers, chicken, pizza and chips and over a period of time you begin to struggle to fit on the couch. All the money spent on caring for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer sufferers could be drastically reduced with an injection of plant based diets and exercise programs on folk of all ages. Ok. I hear you. It won’t happen overnight. But it would make serious inroads into the problems.
The first three reasons were the sensible ones. Now for the better ones. So at:-
4. We have the stunning fact that A VEGAN DIET TASTES GOOD ! Once the mind has got to grips with the real positives, and realised that the digestive system is working better without all the fats and sugar overload, it won’t want to go back to the fast food regime.
5. Once you move away from the fast food outlets, a change begins to take place in your general outlook on eating. THE BRAIN STARTS TO KICK IN AND DEVELOP ITS OWN DIET PLAN. A carvery tastes just as nice without the meat. (Just have an extra sweet potato or an extra spoonful of carrots). Take coffee black, go for green tea instead of milky black tea, almond milk on wholegrain cereal. Try bananas and nuts for snacks, smoothies for refreshment, apples, oranges and grapes for between meals. Soups and stews can be put together quickly. Your body starts to tell you what it needs and when.
6. And Finally, you will be doing your bit to STOP CRUELTY TO FARM FACTORY ANIMALS. It will take time to put an end to the barbaric practices that prevail today. But the day will come. Sooner rather than later I hope. I heard a comment from someone that questioned whether cows and pigs and chickens would become extinct if we didn’t breed them for food. Perhaps you could stretch your imagination for a moment and imagine you were a chicken about to be born. Your life will be lived entirely in an overcrowded shed. You will be filled with chemicals to promote growth and egg laying. When you can no longer lay eggs, you are fattened up a bit more in a cage with 23 more chickens. At the appropriate time, you are scalded alive in an attempt to rid your body of the toxins and bacteria that is on it, then suspended by your (probably broken) legs and sent on a conveyor belt to have your throat cut. As that chicken, if you had the choice, would you really want to be born ?
So ask yourself today – Do I need to re-think my eating habits ?
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