Adopt Vegetarianism

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People choose vegetarianism as a lifestyle, diet and trend, and for religious purposes. In the US vegetarianism has only started growing about 20 years ago, this has caused lots of false information to travel around that eventually clouds people’s opinion about being a vegetarian. For instance people don’t believe that a vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet with meat, but people can get all their nutrients from a diet that doesn’t include eggs and meat. If people don’t the truth about vegetarianism how can they have a valid opinion? It’s not just a diet it’s a healthy lifestyle. The real fact is people who adopt vegetarianism will find that it’s the easiest and most practical way to save the environment, end world hunger, and live healthy.

Ever wondered how much water, preparing one pound of meat wastes, Marcia Kreith did a study in 1991 to compare how much water it takes to prepare different food, the results showed that eating a vegetarian diet saves water. Approximately 2500 gallons of water is consumed when preparing one pound of beef, but it only takes 220 gallons to produce one pound of tofu. If people prepared or ordered more vegetarian meals more often, they would save 1000 gallons of water per pound of food. This shows how much one person can do to reduce water wastage around the world.

Most livestock and poultry are overfed and lots of food is wasted by feeding these animals every year. What people don’t realize it that 10 pounds of planted protein are used to produce one pound of beef protein (Fiala, 2009.) If more people were vegetarian less livestock would be needed and all this food could be used to feed millions of hungry people around the world. Even if the food doesn’t reach people who are suffering, the prices of food would eventually fall and make food more affordable for the poor. With personal experience, India has the most vegetarians in the world and is one of the cheapest countries for food and water. This may take a numerous of vegetarians to work but it’s one of the best option we have to help those who are suffering.

Nathan Fiala (2009) also studied the effects of producing meat to the emission of green house gases (carbon dioxide and methane are released into the air). His study concluded that producing the annual amount of beef an average American consumes, emits as much green house gas as a car driven over 1800 miles.
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