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If you eat meat, eat less, please

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First off, I will admit that I do eat meat. However, as I become more self-educated in nutrition I find myself moving away from eating meat. It does take time to unlearn from our old eating habits and to relearn and most importantly apply new, healthier habits. Below are some statistics to show why it’s worth it to eat more food grown from the Earth than taken from the flesh of an animal.

  • Of all antibiotics used in the U.S., 55% are fed to livestock.
  • In 1961, the “Journal of the American Medical Association” reported that a vegetarian diet could prevent 90-97% of heart diseases.
  • Studies reveal 59% less cancer among people who eat small amounts of meat, compared to average meat-eaters.
  • The kidneys of the meat-eater must work three times harder than the kidneys of the vegetarian.
  • 75% of available fresh water, 35% of available land and 20% of all energy resources are currently used for food production.
  • There are fewer than one out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues.
  • 80% of the corn and 95% of the oats grown in the U.S. is eaten by livestock.
  • 300 million pounds of meat are imported annually to the U.S. from Central and South America, even though 75% of all Central American children under the age of five are undernourished.
  • One hundred million people could be adequately fed using the land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by a mere 10%.

We hope that people who enjoy eating meat will lessen their consumption by at least 1-2 days. You can even choose to have meat as a side dish rather than main item in a meal. Get creative with your meals and share this information with people who will listen.

 

For more information or details on the statistics provided visit the websites below.

http://cleanse.net/scientificfactsaboutmeat.aspx
http://www.animalsuffering.com/vegetarianism.php

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