I stumble over my words when I verbalize why I’m vegan. I have clearly defined reasons, but they’re not easy to express in a succinct manner. And who wants to listen to me go on and on about why I’m vegan?
So, for those of you who are wondering, I found 101 Reasons to Go Vegetarian , an article that lists all my reasons. I pulled 7 reasons from this article that define why I’m vegan. Here they are:
Top 7 Reasons to Go Vegan
If all Americans became vegetarian, it would free enough grain to feed 600,000,000 people (the population of India).
If they continue to clear American forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left.
The 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas & leads to global warming).
The water used to produce 10 lbs of steak is equivalent to the average consumption of water for an entire household for an entire year.
To produce 1 calorie of energy from meat takes 60 calories of petrol, whereas growing grains & legumes to directly feed people produces 20 calories for each calorie of fuel used (that’s 1200 times more efficient).
Chickens are crammed into battery cages with up to 3 other birds, they are unable to even spread their wings & many can not even stand up.
Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of getting heart disease & vegans a 57% reduction.
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