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    • Why go VEG? Other arguments

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    •  1/17/2011 4:40:31 PM
    • To continue off of my last blog....Here are some other reasons for going VEG.  These are by John Robbins.

      These are pretty interesting statistics...I just had to share :)  Hope you enjoy


      The Environmental Argument


      • Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect
      • Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels
      • Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more
      • Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75
      • Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85
      • Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million
      • Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds
      • Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75
      • Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet
      • Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year


      The Cancer Argument


      • Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times
      • For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times
      • For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times
      • Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times
      • Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.


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