1. Lower Environmental Footprint
Did you know that the animal industry contributes to 51% of methane gases? Methane gases are considered the most harmful to the environment and climate control.
United Nations University – Our World. states:
“Meat consumption is on track to rise 75% by 2050, and dairy 65%, compared with 40% for cereals.”
Source: United Nations University – Our World.
Two recent peer-reviewed studies: The importance of reducing meat and dairy consumption for meeting world climate change targets and The importance of food-demand management for climate mitigation found that:
“without severe cuts in this trend, agricultural emissions will take up the entire world’s carbon budget by 2050, with livestock a major contributor. This would mean every other sector, including energy, industry and transport, would have to be zero carbon, which is described as “impossible”. The Chatham House report concludes: “Dietary change is essential if global warming is not to exceed 2°C.”
“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
2. Animal Welfare
Make a stance against animal farming. Animals are sentient beings that have emotions and social emotions
Source: “An HSUS Report: The Welfare of Animals in the Veal Industry”
3. Water Conservation
It takes somewhere between 3 to 15 times more water to produce animal protein than it does to produce plant protein
4. Soil Conservation
When legumes, grains and vegetables are planted efficiently the topsoil becomes more fertile. Less agricultural resources are used than the meat industry. In fact, its a positive effect on the land, rather than a negative effect.
The world health organisation has linked processed meats to cancer
Here is a quote from the cancer council of Australia:
“The World Health Organization has classified processed meats including ham, bacon, salami and frankfurts as a Group 1 carcinogen (known to cause cancer)
eating processed meat increases your risk of bowel and stomach cancer. Red meat, such as beef, lamb and pork, has been classified as a Group 2A carcinogen which means it probably causes cancer.”
Source: cancer council of Australia
“Vegetarians show up to 40% less chance of developing cancer. Also, diets high in animal protein were associated with a 4-fold increase in cancer death risk compared to high protein diets based on plant-derived protein sources (figures based on 2014 study). The changes of contamination are high among meat eaters, on the flip side, consuming enough fruits and vegetables as part of a vegetarian diet will help to build up strong immunity and fight cancer cells.”
6. Heart disease
The world health organisation has linked heart disease
Saturated fats contribute to diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, that cause seventy-two per cent of deaths every year around the world.
“Reduced intake of saturated fatty acids have been associated with a significant reduction in risk of coronary heart disease when replaced with polyunsaturated fatty acids or carbohydrates from whole grains,” the report notes.
“Dietary saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids are of particular concern,” Dr. Francesco Branco, Director of the Department of Nutrition for Health and Development for WHO, added in a statement. “High levels of intake are correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.”
A plant-based diet, low in saturated fats, however, has recently been recommended by doctors as lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and early death. Former president of the American College of Cardiology, Kim Allan Williams, MD, spoke out in a recent presentation at Rush University Medical Centre about the benefits of a plant-based diet in reducing the risk of both cancer and cardiovascular disease.”
Source: Live Kindly
7. Healthy Colon
“Fibres present in a plant-based vegetarian diet helps to maintain a healthy colon by improving the good bacteria within it. That’s because fibre is what helps feed those healthy bacteria. It also helps to cleanse the colon when supplemented with optimal water intake. Why? Because fibre can act as a chimney sweeper and remove any excess waste. The risk of colon cancer and constipation decreases with a high fibre vegetarian diet. On the flip side, meats and poultry take time to digest and thus disrupts the natural balance in the body. They also don’t feed the friendly bacteria in our guts which are required to maintain a healthy gut lining.”
8. Lowers the risk of diabetes
“Consumption of meat and processed meat increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes in both men and women. On the other hand, vegetarian diets rich in whole grains, nuts, legumes and fibres improves the glycaemic control in the people who already have diabetes.“
9. Help alleviate world hunger
A vegetarian diet can help alleviate world hunger.
“Over 10 pounds of plant protein are used to produce one pound of beef protein.  If these grains were fed to humans instead of animals, more food would be available for the 925 million people in chronic hunger worldwide.  Research from Cornell University found that the grain used to feed US livestock alone could feed 800 million people. ”
“According to a peer-reviewed 2003 Oxford University study of 37,875 healthy men and women aged 20-97, 5.4% of meat eaters were obese compared to 3% of vegetarians. Meat eaters had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) 8.3% higher than vegetarians.  Another 2006 meta-study that compiled data from 87 studies also found that vegetarian diets are associated with reduced body weight. ”
10. Healthy weight
A vegetarian diet promotes a healthy weight.
According to a peer-reviewed 2003 Oxford University study of 37,875 healthy men and women aged 20-97, 5.4% of meat eaters were obese compared to 3% of vegetarians. Meat eaters had an average Body Mass Index (BMI) 8.3% higher than vegetarians.  Another 2006 meta-study that compiled data from 87 studies also found that vegetarian diets are associated with reduced body weight. ”
11. Rich in antioxidants
A vegetarian diet is rich in fruits and vegetables and legumes which often contain beneficial antioxidants that protect the body from free-radicals caused by pollution, toxins, radiation and tobacco smoke.