Why I Eat It

Why be vegan & eliminate oil and sugar?

1.     Health – A vegan diet reduces the risk of heart disease by 40%, cancer 19%, diabetes 60%

2.     Environment – Regarding land use, water depletion, climate change, respiratory inorganics, marine water eutrophication, and freshwater eutrophication are affected by up to 84 percent less by a plant-based diet when compared to one that included animal products.

3.     Animal Cruelty – Why does a sweet, sentient animal have to die because of its taste?  

4.     Added sugar and oil are both toxic for the body. Eat unlimited fruit, nature’s candy, for a sweet treat.

In September of 2015, I became a nutrition teachers for the non-profit, the Coalition for Healthy School Food.  I taught fifteen classes of second, third, fourth and fifth graders about eating better in four different high need schools. The Coalition does heroic work because our young people are suffering from a diet heavy in candy, soda and processed food. 

The first step in my training was taking an online Cornell University class called "Plant Based Nutrition". During the course, I found out about the health hazards, environmental destruction and ethical violations that result from eating meat, dairy and eggs. By October of 2015, I was eating plants exclusively.

My energy level and medical test results have both greatly improved.

Factory farming emits as many pollutants as Big Oil.

“As the numbers of farm animals reared for meat, egg, and dairy production increase, so do emissions from their production. By 2050, global farm animal production is expected to double from present levels. The environmental impacts of animal agriculture require that governments, international organizations, producers, and consumers focus more attention on the role played by meat, egg, and dairy production. Mitigating and preventing the environmental harms caused by this sector require immediate and substantial changes in regulation, production practices, and consumption patterns.”

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