I just want to preface this post that I know that going vegan/vegetarian is not for everybody and this isn’t a holier than thou post. I also understand that the prerogative of being able to choose what one will and won’t eat is a first world luxury. It’s also been tremendously easy for me because I am terrible at cooking meat, I had already cut out dairy about a year ago and I really do enjoy meatless dishes. After I went dairy free, it was a lot easier to consider not eating meat and here are some other reasons that helped in convincing me!
Raising livestock requires considerably more fossil fuels and water resources than growing plants to support meat-free diets. Vast forests have been cleared to make room for livestock and the land after being used for Factory Farming requires extensive rehabilitation before it can be utilized for another purpose. Human beings already knowingly and willingly destroy the planet in a number of other ways, a reduction in the number of livestock on the planet seems like a small sacrifice. And no, not by killing them for food – by simply not raising them.
Without getting into all of the details – dairy and I simply did not get along. I have ulcerative colitis and have been almost symptom free since cutting dairy, will this work for everyone? Probably not but it’s certainly improved the health of my gut. Plus, hello flawless skin – I suspected for awhile that dairy wreaked havoc on my skin and have experienced a vast improvement to my complexion. Finally, having grown up on full-fat dairies and loathing anything skim – it’s definitely helped my waistline by not being eating all of that fat!
It has always been interesting to me what animals we deem inedible – cats, dogs…humans…Not making a case for cannibalism but there are plenty of people who won’t contribute more to this existence than a dairy cow so why can’t they be eaten!? I’m not eating people over here but who are we to decide where the line gets drawn? Human beings have the intelligence to do better and if we have the means and opportunity, we should. I find it hard to believe that beings deemed as less intelligent cannot feel compassion and shouldn’t we be held to a higher standard since we can?
Dairy and meats are expensive – I would estimate that I spend about $100 less every grocery shop simply by not purchasing these items. Many of the grains and legumes that I purchase come in bulk so there are even more savings to be had!
There are probably a whole host of other reasons but these are perhaps the most simple ones. Like I said, a plant-based diet certainly won’t work for everyone but I have certainly been enjoying it and it was easier than I thought!
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