The single most important thing an individual can do for their health, for the environment, and for the sake of the innocent animals is to adopt a vegetarian diet. There is some reasons to be vegetarian in this New Year.
No deficiencies. There is no nutrient necessary for optimal human functioning which cannot be obtained from plant food.
High fat plus cholesterol. Animal foods are higher in fat than most plant foods, particularly saturated fats. Plants do not contain cholesterol.
“Carb” deficient. Meat is deficient in carbohydrates, particularly the starches which are so essential to proper health.
Vitamin deficient. Except for the b-complex, meat is largely deficient in vitamins.
Agricultural Chemicals. Being higher on the food chain, animal foods contain far higher concentrations of agricultural chemicals than plant foods, including pesticides, herbicides, etc.
Exposure to livestock drugs. There are over 20,000 different drugs, including sterols, antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs that are given to livestock animals. These drugs are consumed when animal foods are consumed. The dangers herein, in secondary consumption of antibiotics, are well documented.
Health care costs. Being healthier on a vegetarian diet means spending less on health care.
Food costs. Vegetarian foods tend to cost less than meat based items.
Love of animals. Love animals as you love yourself. Desire to kill them or cause them harm.
Stance against Factory Farming.. I cannot make a statement against factory farming if I myself eat animals.
Small sacrifice the sacrifice I make is nothing compared to the animals, its life.