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From People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

75 percent of common chronic diseases, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, can be eliminated if people switch to a plant-based diet.

When you think about what you can accomplish in a lifetime, sparing thousands of animals from suffering, avoiding at least 75 percent of common chronic diseases, and leaving a greener planet behind for generations of children...pretty amazing feats!

Fantastic news! The World Preservation Foundation (WPF) has found "a solution to our public health crisis." It's a vegan diet! Surprise!

Who knew, right?

According to the WPF, 75 percent of common chronic diseases, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, can be eliminated if people switch to a plant-based diet. (If you're having a feeling of déjà vu, it might be because T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., the author of The China Study, once said that "the vast majority, perhaps 80 to 90 percent of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and other forms of degenerative illness can be prevented, at least until very old age, simply by adopting a plant-based diet.")

The WPF recently presented a report—which was a culmination of research from prestigious physicians, including Dr. Neal Barnard, the founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine; Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, the author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease; and Dr. Joel Fuhrman, the director of research for the Nutritional Research Project for the National Health Association—to the U.K. government. It urges officials to "initiate nationwide incentives and programs to create a definitive move toward plant-based eating."

They aren't the only ones who are encouraging people to move toward a healthy and humane vegan diet. Former president—and PETA's 2010 Person of the Year—Bill Clinton began eating more vegan foods after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2004. He turned his health around with the help of Dr. Dean Ornish and is now encouraging schools to serve healthier lunches so that today's children will not suffer from the same heart troubles that he did.

If you want to get a head start on following the excellent advice of the WPF, Clinton, and a host of experts like those above, take PETA's 30-day vegan pledge—or encourage someone else to take the pledge if you've already gone vegan. It can help alleviate world hunger; lessen climate change, pollution, and other environmental problems; and reduce animal suffering. Each vegan personally spares more than 100 animals every year—and countless more if you help convince other people to go vegan.

When you think about what you can accomplish in a lifetime, sparing thousands of animals from suffering, avoiding at least 75 percent of common chronic diseases, and leaving a greener planet behind for generations of children...pretty amazing feats!