Vegetarianism – ain’t as tough as it looks ~ try a one week challenge!

There are a lot of reasons to “go” vegetarian. Enviromental, physical, emotional, political and pretty much whatever you can put a name on yourself! I personally am a vegetarian again, after a very long hiatus. Most recently my trigger was reading the novel “The Big Picture” by David Suzuki. I won’t ruin the fun for you – it’s an eyeopener you all should dig into. VERY enjoyable read and one you walk away from with millions more braincells and questions for yourself and the world around you….here’s a picture of the cover:

Being on a new quest for longevity I wanted to share with you all some of the interesting facts about how the production and consumption of meat products plays a very negative role in the world around us. Here are just a few!

*20 Vegetarians can live off of the land required by one meat eater
*1 acre of land yields 165 lbs of beef or 20,000 lbs of potatoes
*Between 1966&1983 38% of the Amazon Rainforest was destroyed to make room for cattle grazing
*1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tonnes of methane per year=greenhouse gasses=global warming
*Fertilizer used to grow crops to feed to animals releases nitrous oxide, thought to account for 6% of the greenhouse effect
*1 lb of beef takes 1lb of gas to produce
*It takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of wheat and 2500 to produce one pound of meat
*Fishermen’s nets kill 10 times as many other animals as the fish they are hoping to catch
*Chickens are crammed into battery cages with up to 3 other birds, unable to spread their wings and many cannot sand up
*Calf leather comes from animals who are as young as two weeks old

THE GOOD!

* Vegetarians have a 20% lower rate of mortality
* Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of heard disease – Vegans 57%
* Vegans and Vegetarians have lower blood pressure & cholesterol levels
* Vegetarians have a reduced risk of developing gall & kidney stones
* Meat eaters are two and a half times more likely to get bowel cancer
*Meat eaters have double the rate of Alzeimer’s disease

Do what you wish but the facts are the facts, maybe start by eating one vegetarian meal per week, and increase it based on your comfort level!

Good luck on your new path! Here is a chart to help you on your way……

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