There are so many good reasons for being vegetarian (health, animals, the environment) that a better question might be, "Why NOT be vegetarian?" When you can easily...
- significantly improve your health,
- dramatically reduce your environmental footprint,
- and greatly lessen the suffering of animals
Improve your health
The medical evidence is clear, consistent and overwhelming. Vegetarians and vegans:
- are far less likely to get cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis.
- are far less likely to be overweight.
- have lots more stamina.
- consume far less pesticides in their food.
- have superior immune function.
Prevent cruelty to animals
Nobody wants animals to suffer, but it's easy to forget that when we eat them, that's what we're supporting. The easiest action a person can take to reduce animal suffering is to simply stop eating them.
Save the Earth
Eating vegetarian saves more land, energy, and water than any other choice you can make. That's because livestock eat several times more grain than they produce as meat. So raising livestock uses:
- several times as much land to grow the grain to feed them
- several times as much energy to harvest the grain and transport it
- several times as much water to grow the grain and to water the animals
- Several times as much pesticides, etc.