Quotes on environmental reasons to be vegetarian or vegan

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

Albert Einstein

It’s interesting to think that our No. 1 use of energy consumption, even more than transportation, is cooking our food,” he said. “The No. 1 thing we put in our landfills is food packaging.

So if you’re eating raw food, such as bananas on a bunch, you’ve eliminated both of those.

Kaylee Tejeda

And the kicker: “Our demand for meat, dairy, and processed carbohydrates drives us to consume way more calories than are good for us; and those calories are in foods that cause, not prevent, disease. The evidence is very clear that plants promote health.”

From: Give Bessie a Break, Learning from Santa Monica, By Gail Shepherd

In the “Saturday Essay” by Gery Steighner (“What about oil shale?” May 19 and PghTrib.com), Steighner says

“For the foreseeable future, the U.S. will continue to need lots of oil in order to maintain our standard of living.”

That is not true. We need lots of oil in order to maintain our particular standard of living.

If we changed two things — eliminated suburban development that requires automobiles and stopped eating animal products, the production of which is extreme in its inefficiency — our standard of living would be just as high (in fact, it would increase along with our quality of life) but we would need only a fraction of the oil we now need.

And all that needs to happen for both of those things to occur is for the government to stop subsidizing them both.”

For example, growing crops to feed farm animals requires massive amounts of water and land. Nearly half of the water and 80 percent of the agricultural land in the United States is used to raise animals for food, according to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Nick Kyriazi, Deutschtown. Thursday, May 24, 2007 , From: Student vegetarians conscious of health

Image above By Peggy Greb, USDA ARS – This image was released to the public domain by the Agricultural Research Service, the research agency of the United States Department of Agriculture, with the ID K9093-1

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