Hello my darlings,
I realized today that I haven't ever really talked a lot about why I feel passionately about a vegetarian lifestyle. It's a really personal topic, and it can be particularily sensitive to discuss, but I feel that it is time for me to share some of the reasons I went veggie with you, my awesome V.V. readers:
Health was my number one concern when I orginally commited to this way of life. A few years ago when I was living in Toronto, I reached for a package of *processed food product* and read the ingredients. I found that there were a bunch that I couldn't identify (let alone pronounce) so I wikipedia'd and googled them and decided that fake, chemical food was not something I wanted to put into my body (ummmm aspartame, anyone?). White sugar and processed foods were quickly eliminated from my diet and meat soon followed. I can't even begin to tell you about all of the health problems caused by eating meat and dairy and the advantages of a plant based diet (they write whole books on that stuff ya know ;) ) but you can read more about it here.
When I heard that it takes roughly 60 lbs of water to produce 1 lb of potatoes and about 12,000 lbs of water to produce just 1 lb of beef, I knew I wasn't doing the environment any favors by contributing to the meat industry. The cattle industry alone is responsible for emitting 19% of global methane emissions (thats baaaaaaad stuff). There are a toonnnnn more environmental reasons to go vegetarian, you can read about them here.
More than one billion people on this planet are starving. STARVING! It just doesn't make sense to me that we use vast amounts of farm land to grow food. . .for our food. When it could be grown for people. And after we grow crops to feed our meat, the meat is consumed by less than one third of the planet's population. That's no fair.
Then there are the animals. I think we as a society have completely lost the connection between animals and meat. Animals are meat. They feel joy and pain just as we do. There is absolutely no beating around the bush - when you eat meat, you are eating the flesh of a dead animal. I think that there are few people, who when faced with the task of killing their own 'meat', could actually go through it. I realize that this issue can be particularily sensitive for some people. But I urge you to please, watch this video and consider what you see.
Many of you (my wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL V.V. readers) are not vegetarian. That's OKAY!!! You are still wonderful, wonderful WONDERFUL! In the end, you have to do what you feel is best for you. But I do urge you to question the status quo, step out of your comfort zone, and and least consider reducing your meat consumption. You would be doing so, so, so, so many favours to animals, humanity, Mother Nature and yourself (and all will thank you!).
Big hugs and kisses,