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    [Toronto Star] Kathy Rayner is a Seventh Day Adventist and an emergency-room nurse. The 59-year-old vegan is also a missionary of sorts — for the vegetarian
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      [Toronto Star]

      Kathy Rayner is a Seventh Day Adventist and an emergency-room nurse.
      The 59-year-old vegan is also a missionary of sorts — for the
      vegetarian way.

      “Good health is not a coincidence,” she insists. “It’s a choice. You
      have to be intentional about it.”

      Rayner and her husband, Gord, 70, have been vegan for 12 years. The
      London couple were part of a vast study of Seventh Day Adventists —
      ideal subjects for research on the health benefits of a meatless diet
      because most Adventists are either vegetarian or vegan. They also
      represent a variety of nationalities.

      The survey has revealed startling connections between plant-based
      diets and good health and longevity. Adventist men live to an average
      age of 83.3 years, nine-and-a-half years longer than the average male.
      Adventist women live an average 85.7 years — about 6.1 years longer
      than average.

      Studies like this are changing the conversation about vegetarianism.

      Early adopters embraced vegetarianism so they wouldn’t have to harm
      animals. The next wave of vegetarians were influenced by environmental
      studies about the disastrous impact factory farming is having on air
      and water quality, soil pollution and climate change. (One study
      estimated animal agriculture accounts for up to 18 per cent of
      greenhouse gas emissions.)

      More recently, the allure of vegetarianism is just as likely driven by
      health concerns.

      While it’s estimated that 4 per cent of Canadians are vegetarian or
      vegan, converts are hopeful more people will join the revolution to
      save both the planet — and themselves.

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      full story:
      http://www.thestar.com/living/article/1299160--the-new-vegetarians

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