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Why be vegetarian

Updated on November 30, 2016

What are the Reasons to Give up Meat?

You hear about people being vegetarian, but until you actually hear about the reasons, you might not understand why people would give up meat. Interestingly enough, there are, for the most part, three separate levels of reason to examine -- Health reasons, Animal Rights reasons and Environmental reasons. (From my perspective, I went vegetarian for mostly Animal Rights reasons while environmental/humanistic reasons were my chief reason for going vegan).

Vegetarianism

Why would you want to give up your meat?

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I've been a vegetarian for 30 years now and I'm often asked why I became vegetarian. I tell them that my mother had rabbit fur slippers and I asked her how she could wear the bodies of murdered rabbits and she said to me "how about the cows and chickens on your plate?"

Well, I hadn't thought about that before, so I decided to give up eating animals.

I discovered over the years that a vegetarian diet was healthier than an omnivorous diet (eating plant and animal matter as food).

But after 12 years of being a vegetarian, I read how much land it takes to grow food for a vegetarian vs. an omnivore (vegetarian took less land) but it took even less land to grow a years worth of vegan food. It was then that I decided to become a vegan.

Vegetarians (often called ovo-lacto or lacto-ovo vegetarians) eat dairy and/or eggs whereas vegans only eat plant matter.

Vegans eat no cholesterol. Vegans also generally eat more vitamins and minerals in their foods and also generally consume more fiber.

Veganism is healthy for the vegans, healthy for the animals and healthy for the planet.

Veggies on Parade
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Compugraph Designs' Printfection Store

In addition to our Cafe Press and Zazzle sites (see modules above), we also have a store on "Printfection" which includes cutting boards (good wedding or housewarming gifts), mugs and cups, tees, etc.

This cutting board is only one of several Veg themed items at our store:

Compugraphd Spoonflower site

(Click on the picture to go directly to this product's page)

Feel free to ask your own questions about vegetarianism or veganism.

Want to be vegetarian (or just eat more meat free meals)? - what do you want to know about vegetarianism/veganism?

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      Hey! Cool lens! Check out mine about vegetarianism and the environmental impacts of a heavy meat diet and let me know what you think. Are the things I've researched consistent with what you've seen and experienced?

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