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Why Go Vegan?
For your own best health, for sustainability of the planet, and for the animals.
Fruits and veggies. Is it such a radical concept?

Here's some eyecandy of celebrities who have gone vegan.
YOUR BODY

Scientific studies supported by the American Dietetic Association have confirmed that vegan and vegetarian diets are associated with lower cholesterol, lower risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower risk of hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, lower body fat, and lower overall cancer rates. In fact, studies have shown that a vegan diet can actually reverse diabetes, heart disease and even cancer. For more info, check out "Forks Over Knives."

Vegan diets are lower in saturated fat and cholesterol, have higher levels of dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium, vitamins C and E, and folate.

The health benefits of a vegan lifestyle are vast. The American Dietetic Association (ADA) released a report which stated that vegetarians and vegans "meet and exceed requirements" for protein consumption. In fact, vegetarians and vegans usually have better protein consumption than people who eat meat, dairy and eggs.

Documentaries: Forks Over Knives, Food Matters

THE PLANET

Animal farming is the number one cause of climate change in the world. In fact, animal agriculture has a 40% larger carbon footprint than all transportation around the globe combined. That means that every car, truck, bus, train and plane on our planet combined is only almost half as bad for our planet as modern animal farming.

Animal farming is a huge drain on resources like water and grain. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, compared to only 25 gallons to produce a pound of grain. 70% of the grain grown in the US is used for producing meat. If that grain were being fed directly to people, no one would have to go hungry.

Currently, a third of the land on our planet is used to raise farm animals. One large factory farm can create as much waste as the entire city of Los Angeles.

-70% of the grain grown and 50% of the water consumed in the U.S. are used by the meat industry (Audubon Society)

-On average, 990 litres of water are required to produce one litre of milk. With fresh water shortage looming, this is a huge problem. (United Nations)

-A 2007 journal published by the American Dietetic Association states, "Meat protein production required 26 times more water than vegetable protein on rain-fed lands." The journal further states that dietitians "can encourage eating that is both healthful and conserving of soil, water, and energy by emphasizing plant sources of protein and foods that have been produced with fewer agricultural inputs." 

-A single dairy cow produces approximately 120 lbs of wet manure a day, which is equivalent to that of 20 to 40 humans. (Environmental Protection Agency)

-More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to grow grain for livestock. (Greenpeace)

OUR FRIENDS THE ANIMALS

Ever pet an animal? Didn't it make you feel great, smile and feel happier? Studies have proven the efficacy of taking care of, spending time with and having animal companions. When our bodies are designed to eat fruits, berries, veggies, root vegetables and the abundance offered to us, what are you waiting for to do whats best for you, animals and planet?

Animals truly designed to eat other animals enjoy the gristle, lick up the blood etc, can attack it's prey without made tools, and feels the instinct to. Is your first instinct to bite into others with teeth that were NOT designed to go through fur and bone, to eat flesh raw with blood and all?

You don't see lions keeping dogs as pets. A person was raised to like the taste of "meat" conveniently ignores the process of cooking so it tastes nothing like meat and puts spices on it (spices made from plants) so it tastes nothing like meat. Just because you were told growing up you had to eat meat, doesn't mean you can't figure it out for yourself there's an obvious better option. Eating "meat" means you are killing another living being, and eating it's dead corpse. As ugly that sounds is as ugly as it is... and as ugly as you don't have to be. Make the switch today and see how better you feel, smell, and look immediately.

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Resources-

1 Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 2006. "Livestock's Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options." http://www.fao.org/docrep/010/a0701e00.htm

2 Eshel, Gidon and Martin, Pamela. 2005. "Diet Energy and Global Warming." University of Chicago. http://geosci.uchicago.edu/%7Egidon/papers/nutri/nutriEl.pdf

3 Weber, Christopher L. and Matthews, H. Scott, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2008, http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es702969f

4 American Dietetic Association. 2007. Position of the American Dietetic Association: Food and Nutrition Professionals Can Implement Practices to Conserve Natural Resources and Support