(US-pa) Vegetarian life-style is healthier, climate friendly
- [Allentown Morning Call - opinion]
Today is World Vegetarian Day. It may not seem significant to your
life, so let me show you how seriously it impacts all of us.
Americans, as well as the people of most Western nations, are obsessed
with meat and dairy foods. Every restaurant proudly advertises its
selection of meat entrees. Almost everyone believes that meat and
dairy are essential to life, that without them we could not survive in
good health. The meat and dairy industries advertise their products to
persuade us that they are good for our health. These are
multibillion-dollar conglomerates, and when the grain and soy
industries that feed the meat industries are thrown in, they become
the largest industry in the country.
These foods are literally killing us. Kerrie Saunders, Ph.D., author
of ''The Vegan Diet as Chronic Disease Prevention'' asserts that 80 to
90 percent of our common chronic diseases are related to our heavy
reliance on meat and dairy. ...
Our obsession with animal-eating, then, is at a critical stage. Unless
many more millions of people adopt vegetarian life-styles, our health
will continue to decline and the environment will continue to
deteriorate as we consume our resources beyond sustainability and
destroy the conditions that make our planet livable. We are at a
global ''tipping point,'' requiring major changes in our attitudes and
behaviors. Becoming vegetarian is one of those changes, as have more
than 800 people in the Lehigh Valley who have chosen healthy and vital
living. So today, show your support for your health and the health of
the planet by having a meat-free day and consider making it the first
of many healthy days.
Len Frenkel of Upper Saucon Township is a member of Sustainable
Communities of the Lehigh Valley and is president of Lehigh Valley
Eat your vegetables all month long
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