Proteins, vitamins, minerals and fats which are the essential components of human life are efficiently present in fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes. Lynda Dickson stated that, “The human species did not evolve as carnivores or meat eaters” (37). It is seen that carnivores are anatomically different than those of herbivores. Meat eaters have well developed canine teeth, digestive juice with higher level of hydrochloric acid, long and larger digestive tract with well developed paws to hunt the prey, where as herbivores are physically different from these characteristics. These anatomical differences between herbivores and carnivores suggest that humans are created as non meat eaters. Vegetarian foods, which are eco friendly, are efficient enough to provide necessary nutrients to human body and opting the habit of vegetarianism is hygienically, economically, and morally beneficial.
Vegetarian foods are eco-friendly
Vegetarian life style is more eco-friendly than a non-vegetarian life style. Vegetarian eating habit helps in the conservation of environment (land, water and air); whereas, environmental impact generated from non vegetarian food production is quite severe. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, wastes from animal farms contaminate rivers and lakes more than all other industries combined. Insecticides and pesticides used in the animal farms to get rid of harmful insects and bacteria ultimately reach to soil and water causing chemical pollution. In addition, these chemicals deposited on animal bodies are of great threat to human health. Large amount of dung and animal residue produced from cattle farms and slaughter houses are the major causes of land and water pollution. Dung and animal residue produce from farms and slaughter house are rich in phosphate and nitrogenous compounds. These compounds are very harmful to both terrestrial and marine ecosystem. To feed the animals which are farmed for meat production, about 260 million acres of the US forest have been cleared. Certainly, this destruction of forest has brought drought causing a severe problems to local communities.
In the article “Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow”, Gary Yourofsky mentioned that production of meat and eggs require a large amount of fossils fuels that produce a large amount of green houses gases. Carbondioxide and carbon mono oxide produced by burning of fossil fuels plus methane and nitrous oxide gases from animal farms constitutes about 18 percent of entire global warming problem. With the practice of vegetarianism, environmental destruction can be controlled significantly.
Vegetarian diets are healthy diets
Vegetarian foods are healthy foods. Vegetarian foods have high fibers, low-saturated-fat, little or no cholesterol which reduce the risk of heart diseases, cancer, gastroesophagel reflux disease (GERD) and kidney stone. On the other hand, consumption of meat increases the risk...