"Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet."
~ Albert Einstein
[NOTE* from Leftish: This is a subject I usually avoid, not wanting to make anyone uncomfortable, and trying to butt out of other people’s personal decisions, however a fact has recently come to my attention of which I was unaware until now…I don’t know how much you know about Cow Farts and Burps, but we are caging so many Beef Cattle, and FEEDING THEM THE WRONG DIET, so that they are constantly farting and burping, so much so, that it has released enormous amounts of METHANE into the atmosphere. Cows are meant to GRAZE and eat solely GRASS…that is their NATURAL diet…instead we feed them a diet CORN and Antibiotics!! No wonder they are having a hard time with their digestion! It is cheaper for the rancher, but not good for either the cows or the consumers. So, cows are having a hard time digesting this WRONG FOOD, and consequently they are producing more stomach acid than they would if they ate grass, and they are constantly burping and farting. This releasing of METHANE into our atmosphere is one of the main ingredients in the Environmental Soup that is contributing to Climate Change - I know, crazy, huh? But, nonetheless, true…
So, Einstein was actually quite prescient, in suggesting that humans need to stop eating other animals in order to preserve survival of the species.
I ask you to please consider the vegetarian diet…I mean, think about it - you can exist perfectly well without participating in the slaughter of another’s life. Just because you don’t see the cow from whom that steak you are eating was extracted does not mean that you are not a participant in this mass cruelty that is the way animals are treated so that they arrive fat, juicy and full of chemicals on your plate.
If you have considered becoming Vegetarian, how about giving it a try? Don’t go all the way to vegan, but start out slowly, and see if you can take it.
I used to be a meat-eater. I adored the taste of steak (well, blood, actually), and thought that I could never enjoy food if meat were not in my diet. Than I met a few very healthy looking vegetarians, and it got me thinking. I started to feel some guilt about eating other living beings who had feelings and mothers who loved them (yes, the animals we eat do actually have feelings and experience maternal love - pigs can even be trained to live in a house with humans, i.e. George Clooney). I started to re-think my diet as I realized that what I ate was actually a POLITICAL DECISION.
I became vegetarian over a plate of Shrimp Paella…I had just fried up a delicious dish with about 8 small shrimp, yummy basmati rice, and several assorted vegetables. It was fantastic! But then, I realized, that the rice and vegetable parts of the dish were JUST AS SCARFY as the shrimp…and then I realized…wow, you just took 8 lives to make this ONE dish…I know that I have tremendous survival instincts, and I assume it is that way for all other beings. I had tremendous guilt, and I mentally apologized to the shrimp that were now in my belly. I realized that I could have enjoyed that meal just as much without the shrimp being involved, and that I could get protein from other sources, and I became a vegetarian at that exact moment.
Won’t you consider it? The cost to our planet is not limited to the taking of innocent lives, There is also the issue of the amount of water it takes to “grow” one pound of beef, and the resources that could be used to grow massive amounts of vegetables instead. There is also the issue of the extremely cruel conditions that animals are raised in - it is heartless and exploitative, and the meat that is produced is full of harmful chemicals that perhaps are what is causing so many diseases in such rampant numbers.
I feel for the animals, I feel for the earth, I feel for the water, and the air…I feel for the tremendous toll that meat-eating is taking on our entire planet.
"Give up meat one day a week, then two days a week. It’s a very intelligent idea." ~ Yoko Ono
"You save more water by not eating 1 lb of beef than by not showering for at least 6 months." @veganfacts
“1 acre yields 165 lbs of beef vs 20,000 lbs of potatoes"