I became a vegetarian about 3 months ago. It was something I'd considered briefly several times but it wasn't until I watched a film called ' The cove' that something clicked and I stopped eating meat and fish over night. I'm not trying to convert anyone, being a veggie does not make me a better person I know this - people can eat whatever they like, but I'm just going to throw out some ideas. sensible ones I believe.
1) environmental. The fishing industry is one of the most damaging in environmental terms. If we continue to fish in the same ways as we do now, the oceans will literally have very few fish in 50 years time. We are not giving enough time for fish species to repopulate.
Also, the amount of toxins (there's a whole lot of them, especially mercury) in the seas build up through the food chain and find their way into fish and onto your dinner plate - check it out online. In addition the carbon consumption from livestock raising and the factories/slaughterhouses is a major contributor to climate change.
2) economical terms. It is cheaper to be veggie for individuals. In economics, it's been proven that if the same amount of land that is used to raise livestock was used to grow plants the amount of food produced could feed a whole lot more people. The amount of water and food given to livestock would be better spent on humans who need it. I'm not sure how em_ortiz could write that there is enough food in the world for the current population, you only have to look at poorer developed countries to realize there really is not enough food going around. Otherwise why are people still starving to death? countries such as Pakistan who recently experienced devastating floods have had to have millions of dollars worth of food imported because millions of people are without food. Where were the governmental food reserves there? Of course governments and corruption play a major part as well as economic factors but the basic fact is that there is not enough food in the world to feed the amount of people.
Aside from personal feelings about animals I think these are good reasons for all people to cut down on meat/fish consumption.
From recent personal experience I can tell you that I feel a lot healthier. I'm packing in nutrients everyday. I have more energy, my skin and hair looks better. I've lost weight and I have more money. To be a little bit gross my digestive system is also much improved. I have experienced no negative effects from becoming a vegetarian. Whilst I understand that everyone is different, the benefits will generally effect most people. and as long as you dont pig out on carbs all day, you should lose weight fairly easily.
These are just my thoughts, take them or leave them. keep on being healthy I guess whichever way you can
- 9/13/2010 12:05:32 PM