As a matchmaker, I’ve been asked many times, “Marla, can a couple who has completely different beliefs and interests, really make a go of it and have a lasting relationship?”
Interesting question right? My adoring husband has some strong views about certain things that I will never subscribe to, and vice versa. For instance, I’ve had many heated discussions with my husband about my vegan lifestyle over the years. I try my best to get him to see the positive aspects of my lifestyle choice. He isn’t having any of it, so we live with our difference of opinions.
Here are 8 reasons to go vegan:
- Friends, not food. My number one reason is the animals. All sentient beings have the right to their life, want to live and raise their families, and they ALL feel pain, feel and sadness.
- Save the planet. Meat is NOT green. Consuming meat is one of the worst things that you can do for the Earth. Much of the pollution of our waterways is caused by animal waste, antibiotics and hormones entering the water alongside chemicals from fertilizer, and the pesticides used to spray feed crops.
- Save the land. Thirty percent of the earth’s entire land surface— 70% of all agricultural land—is used for raising farmed animals. Much of this is grazing land that would otherwise host natural habitats such as rain forests. Sadly, the entire world’s land suitable for growing crops that could feed humans, a third of it is used to produce feed for farmed animals. Animal activist Erin Janus who has assembled extensive research on this subject says:”Animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental damage. There is nothing destroying the earth (and rain forests) more than raising animals for consumption. A pig farm of 5,000 pigs for example, produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people. It’s a total disgrace to the earth to eat animals at this time in history. The demand for meat and dairy (animal agriculture) is also the leading cause of water pollution, ocean dead-zones, habitat destruction, and greenhouse gas emissions. We are out of line with nature. There is more harm being done to the planet than good.”
- Help feed the world: Eating meat doesn’t just hurt precious animals— It takes tons of crops and water to raise farmed animals. Did you know that it takes up to 13 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of animal flesh?
- Pigs are smarter than dogs: Animals used for food are just as intelligent and able to suffer as the animals who share our homes and hearts with. Pigs can learn to play video games, as well as many other tricks, and the intelligence of chickens has been compared by scientists to that of monkeys.
- Meat is yucky Meat is often contaminated with blood, feces, and other bodily fluids—all of which make animal products the top source of food poisoning in the United States.
- Do it for your health. Eating animal fats and proteins has been shown in studies to raise a person’s risk of developing cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, heart disease, obesity and a number of other illnesses and conditions.
- Protein. Of course we all need protein, but it may surprise you to learn that most Americans eat too much protein and in forms such as red meat and dairy that are not healthy ways of getting protein. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy are all great ways to get sufficient protein in a vegan diet.
“Men dig their graves with their own teeth, and die more by those instruments than by all weapons of their enemies. ~ Pythagoras,
Is There Such Thing As Ethical Meat?
It sure is tempting to believe that the meat we eat is ethical, and killed “humanely,” and that the animal on our dinner plate lived a full, happy life and that they experienced no pain or fear at the slaughterhouse. The truth is that all living creatures fear death, just as we do. No matter how they are treated when alive, they all experience the same fear when it comes to slaughter.
So, here’s my question: if it’s possible to live a life that involves eating delicious, healthy food and drink, and delivers vibrant health, leaves a smaller carbon footprint and avoids killing other creatures – then why don’t we?
Tina Louise Spalding is a trance channel who channels Jesus, Mother Mary and Mary Magdalene stopped by my show, Cosmic Conversations and I asked Jesus about a vegan diet and what he ate when he walked the earth.