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Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.


Articles From the Winter 1998 Newsletter

If We All Stopped Eating Beef
By Terry Sullivan

Millions would be spared from heart attacks, cancer and diabetes.

Millions more would no longer go hungry or die from malnutrition.

America's western range would come to life. Rivers and streams would reappear. Native wildflowers and grasses would flourish. Cottonwood trees would shade the prairie again, providing refuge for hundreds of thousands of native birds. Buffalo, elk, moose, antelope, bighorn sheep and wild horses would graze on millions of acres of restored grassland.

Ancient forest ecosystems would recover in Central and South America. Similar restorations would happen around the world.

Millions of people would enjoy better health and longer lives. Billions of dollars would be saved because of lower costs for health care.

That and more would happen if we all stopped eating beef, according to environmentalist Jeremy Rifkin in his book "Beyond Beef."

There are now more than 1.5 billion cattle on our earth, consuming enough grain to feed hundreds of millions of people. It takes up to fifteen pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef.

Cattle are wreaking havoc on the earth's ecosystems, leaving barren deserts on four continents. Cattle waste from feedlots is a major source of groundwater pollution. Every year cattle release 100 million pounds of methane into the air - a major cause of global warming.

Rifkin says eliminating beef from the diet of the human race is essential if we are to have any hope of restoring our planet to health and feeding a growing population in the twenty-first century.

Return to Winter 1998 Newsletter

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