101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian

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101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian

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1. Cheap meat, a function of animal cruelty, has become ubiquitous throughout our culture

2. It's the manure, stupid: some startling facts and figures about the back end of meat

3. Now, would you like a little cancer with that fat and protein in your burger?

4. Humans are scouring the oceans of fish; come 2048, say goodbye to fish stocks

5. Humane Slaughter Act: so worthless, it's hardly worth the paper it's written on

6. Survive the heart attack, live with the heart failure; of course there are alternatives

7. Farmed animals: creatures, all, possess abundant abilities, intelligence, and heart

8. As we cycle grain through animals, feed-to-flesh ratios tell a story of shameful waste

9. Antibiotic resistance: end product of on-farm use of antibiotics for growth promotion

10. Meat pathogens sicken thousands annually, and the economic cost is surprisingly steep

11. Veggie diet kills a killer--it can reverse heart disease, clinical studies show

12. Subsidized Midwestern water has given us mountains of meat but poisoned wells, too

13. Fill up on nutrient-dense plant food, nudge out the fat and cholesterol in meat

14. World's livestock responsible for 38 percent more greenhouse gasses than world's vehicles

15. Regulations to combat illegal fishing fail up against fierce consumer demand

16. Caged commercial hens are imprisoned in crammed, crowded unsanitary cages

17. Consumer Reports buys 525 packages of supermarket chicken; finds few free of bacteria

18. Recently, two large clinical studies found the vegan diet conducive to lower body weight

19. Unfathomable amounts of slaughterhouse byproduct material fosters a "recycling" industry

20. Virtually no laws ban cruel farming/slaughter practices; the industry has seen to it

21. Fecal filth abounds in poultry plants; rinsing carcasses (industry norm) found ineffective

22. 70 percent of world's precious little usable water goes to agriculture, much to grow feed crops

23. Meat is a guzzler of fossil-fuel energy; when cheap oil is gone, cheap meat will be history

24. Cattle are forced to live in their own feces, which can migrate to meat during processing

25. Wild salmon in Norway wiped out by an aquaculture parasite; Scotland fears spread

26. Every natural urge of commercially raised hens is thwarted in today's confinement facilities

27. In a vegetarian world, hungry people would get plenty to eat, as projected forward to 2050

28. Influenza, including the menacing H5N1 strain, would not exist if humans didn't eat poultry

29. North Carolina's smelly pig feedlots are regulated (somewhat), not so those of chickens

30. Fancy veal calves are kept immobilized in crates for their entire, short, 16-week lives

31. An exploding human population, the planet's sagging grain reserves, on a collision course

32. ABC Primetime films typical meat plant featuring yellow-sore laden carcasses, fecal matter

33. Artificial insemination's widespread use in meat industry means bestiality is institutional

34. DrBenjamin Spock professed veganism almost universally in last edition of baby book

35. 10 million tons of poultry litter that is served up to U.Slivestock every year pose risks

36. Cattle likely the leading player in land degradation, pollution, climate change, overfishing

37. Low-carb diets strain the kidneys and cause dehydration, fatigue, and dizziness

38. Farmed animals, right down to their DNA, must stand up to the industrial process

39. Predator control services provided to America's ranchers, compliments of the USDA

40. Magnesium deficiencies linked to countless health problems; vegan diet, the answer

41. Two major studies recently found a direct link between red-meat and breast cancer

42. Many egg feedlot operations employ force molting, via starvation, to recharge laying

43. Fish feel pain, possess fully formed nervous systems, engage in complex behaviors

44. Slaughter plants and farms in recent decades have become disturbingly concentrated

45. Animals reason, communicate, suffer; humans share a common ancestor with them all

46. Arsenic, a long-time additive to chicken feed, found to be carcinogenic upon application

47. Fragile immune systems of factory animals require implementing airtight biosecurity

48. The sheer volume of flesh processed by America's foremost pig slaughterer, daunting

49. A recent study of coral reefs showed majority fished at a highly unsustainably rate

50. High-fiber diet slashes the risk for some cancers by up to 40 percent, controls diabetes

51. Manure-handling regulations come laughably overdue and spotty; industry on long leash

52. Mutilations such as debeaking, branding, castration, and ear notching are routine

53. Male chicks "useless," put to death by crushing, starvation, and exposure on egg farms

54. Aquaculture, is no-less disruptive to the environment than taking fish from the wild

55. Meat production in developing world tripled in recent years to half of the world's output

56. Fish eaters increasingly falling victim to the debilitating effects of mercury poisoning

57. Hoof-and-mouth disease is rarely fatal, but economics will dictate mass nationwide culls

58. Hydrogen sulfide emissions from mass feedlots eat the brains of neighbors over time

59. Genetics has created institutional suffering for food animals; now, cloning on horizon

60. Ecoli O157:H7 infects most cattle on U.Sfeedlots, allows x-contamination to veggies

61. Worldwide, fertilizer, pesticides, and manure-runoff enter waterways to form dead zones

62. The China Study, largest epidemiological study ever, offers ultimate vegan vindication

63. Fifty-two billion pounds of slaughterhouse byproduct transmogrified into consumer items

64. Get the omega-3 fatty acids you need with flax, without the mercury, PCBs and dioxins

65. Wake-up call: Oregon has taken warnings about a bird-flu pandemic to heart with telling plan

66. Antidotes to filth: an industry of slaughterhouse pathogen-fighters comes into its own

67. : Cow's life "happy"? negativeNot with feedlots of feces, stanchion stalls, and udder infections

68. Meat's real cost: government subsidies, dead zones, dwindling aquifers, a health-care crisis, etc.

69. Bird flu marches on; meanwhile, the U.Sbets on vaccines and powers to impose marshall law

70. Feedlot operators cannot afford to dispose of their manure safely: Hello, ecoli-spinach

71. Today's turkeys cannot copulate on their own, thanks to toms' huge selectively bred breasts

72. Nothing humane about chicken slaughter: Stunner only there to facilitate the process

73. "Grass fed," cage-free," "organic," "free range" ..to "eat green" and "be kind," go vegan

74. Sport fishing enthusiasts beware: nearly every U.Sstate has a mercury-in-rivers advisory

75. Okinawa's old folks projected to outlive children who've adopted Western eating habits

76. Nations at odds with "carnivore conflicts": livestock disease, hormones, fishing disputes, etc.

77. The world's 3.2 billion cattle, sheep, goats, and domesticated bison pack an eco wallop

78. Mastisis at epidemic proportions on dairies, thanks to improper cow care, hormones

79. Veggies can lower the risk for teenagers developing high blood pressure later in life

80. Today, nitrogen is cheap and easy to come by; It's the reason we have cheap feed/meat

81. Every second, the world dispatches 100,000 animals for meat; the cruelty, incomprehensible

82. When meat is barbecued, dripped fat over coals sends up plumes of carcinogenic smoke

83. Worldwide, livestock production uses 30 percent of the land surface of the planet

84. In America, essentially all farmed animals will be trucked around at least once

85. Clog up your arteries on a meat diet and you risk suffering a heart attack or stroke

86. More than half of the nation's seafood companies do not follow federal food-safety rules

87. A U.N. official warns clock is standing at one minute to midnight for the great apes

88. Since Earth's plant species evolved to use scarce nutrients, today's ammonia gluts kill them

89. Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Nipah virus, bird flu, and SARS: recent diseases from animals

90. The meat diet is likely to lead to nagging health conditions: constipation, heartburn, etc.

91. NYC food inspectors often confront merchants selling exotic and unauthorized meat

92. Thirty percent of all the world's fish catch is non-target species, or "bycatch"

93. Factory internment brings a breeding sow noxious filth, deafening noise, and tiny confines

94. Veterinary pharmaceuticals are making their way into our waterways via animal waste

95. Farmers mine Ogallala Aquifer of 5 trillion gallons per year to power a meat infrastructure

96. When Poland switched to vegetable fats and more fruit it suddenly had less heart disease

97. To produce foie gras, ducks are force-fed large portions of corn pellets three times a day

98. Laborers in the meat trades are faced with dangerous, hazardous and deadly conditions

99. Ag science works tirelessly to eke out every last bit of commodity wealth from farmed animals

100. Seniors who eat at least 2 servings of veggies a day test as younger by certain indicators

101. Future generations will pay for global warming, other eco-problems, thanks in large part to meat

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