Animal Writes
From 2 February 2003 Issue

Two Reasons to Celebrate the Great American Meatout:
By Robert Cohen - [email protected] 

Reason number 1: Compassion to animals.
Reason number 2: Compassion to your own body.

On this coming vernal equinox of March 20th, 2003, help to celebrate the 19th annual "Great American Meatout!" 

You can join thousands of other Americans who will be sponsoring small, medium, and large events. Join celebrities such as Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner.

Nineteen years ago, when Alex Hershaft of Farm USA hosted the first meatout, his passion was to teach people a gentler way of living. Today, the same reasons motivate Alex, but there now exists enormous scientific evidence to support plant-based diets as the healthiest of lifestyles.

Why are meat & dairy products dangerous to eat? It's all about the sulfur.

Sulfur-based amino acids have been identified as the key to heart disease. Nations eating the greatest amounts of meat and dairy products have the highest incidences of athersclerosis and cardiovascular events, such as strokes and heart attacks: 

Sulfur-based amino acids are also the key to bone disease.

In June of 1993, after citing supporting studies, the Nutrition Action Newsletter concluded:

"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis."

More evidence that nations eating the greatest amounts of meat and dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis, and why: 

Imagine the smell of rotten eggs infusing into your bloodstream. Animal proteins contain more sulfur-based amino acids than do plant proteins. Methionine and cystine are very rich in sulfur. USDA lists amino acid contents of various foods: 

One glass of cow's milk contains 30% more sulfur-based amino acids than a glass of soymilk.

One portion of chicken contains 6 times more sulfur-based amino acids than does an equal portion of tofu.

The following is a list of sulfur (in milligrams) contained in 100 gram portions (about 3.5 ounces) of various foods:

Soymilk - 0.087 grams
Whole Milk - 0.113 grams

Mori-Nu Silken Firm tofu - 0.206 grams

Hard Boiled Egg - 0.604 grams
Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese - 0.777 grams
Canned Salmon, drained - 0.825 grams
Porterhouse Steak, (0% Fat), broiled - 0.920 grams
Beef, Ground, (95% lean), broiled - 0.971
Fresh Cooked Salmon, Dry - 0.979 grams
Fresh Bluefish, Broiled - 1.035 grams
Canned Tuna (in water) - 1.028 grams
Fresh Trout, Broiled - 1.073 grams
Chicken, dark meat, roasted - 1.107 grams
Chicken, breast meat, roasted - 1.256 grams

So, what can you do to change the world? Work towards that special day in March, the first day of spring. Write letters to newspapers. Call talk radio stations. Cook a vegan meal for your friends. Send vegan snacks into school for your kids and their entire classes. Work with your school systems & make presentations. Become an activist! Sponsor a Great American Meatout event in your community.

To register: 

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