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    • Reasons to go VEG

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    •  1/24/2011 10:21:06 PM
    • Here are a couple more arguments for going VEG...given by John Robbins.  I LOVE reading these...I just had to share :)  Hope you enjoy.

       

      The Cholesterol Argument

      • Number of U.S. medical schools: 125
      • Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
      • Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
      • Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack
      • How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds
      • Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
      • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent
      • Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
      • Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
      • Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl
      • Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent


      The Natural Resources Argument

      • User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production
      • Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer
      • Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25
      • Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000
      • Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13
      • Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260
      • Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78
      • To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2
      • Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33
      • Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2


      The Antibiotic Argument

      • Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55
      • Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13
      • Percentage resistant in 1988: 91
      • Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban
      • Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

       

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