World Vegetarian Day was October 1st. This day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. World Vegetarian Day starts Vegetarian Awareness Month. You can make a difference by educating others about the benefits of being a vegetarian. A vegetarian diet has health benefits and saves the lives of animals.

These are seven reasons to become a vegetarian, according to the North American Vegetarian Society.

Being a vegetarian can:

• Reduce the risk of major causes of death such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer, while reducing the burden of foodborne pathogens

• Provide a viable solution to feeding the world's hungry through more efficient use of grain and other crops

• Save animals from the suffering of factory farming and the pain and horror of slaughter

• Conservation of vital but limited fresh water, fertile land, and other valuable resources

• Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems like rainforests and alternative life habitats.

• Reduce greenhouse gases that accelerate global warming.

• Reduction of the ever-increasing environmental pollution caused by animal husbandry.

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More energy and endurance

A vegetarian diet improves endurance, concentration, and well-being. In one study, athletes who switched to a vegetarian diet improved their endurance nearly three times more than those who remained meat eaters.

Your health

Prevent diseases. Meat consumption has been linked to cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, kidney stones, and many other devastating diseases. By eliminating meat from your diet, you can take a critical step towards a long life of health and happiness.

Avoid Toxic Food Contaminants

Meat foods are loaded with dangerous toxins and contaminants, including hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics. Because these toxins are all fat-soluble, they accumulate in the animals' fatty meat. Not to mention viruses, bacteria, and parasites such as salmonella, trichinella, other worms, and toxoplasmosis parasites.

Help end world hunger

Every day forty thousand children die needlessly on this planet from hunger. According to Department of Agriculture statistics, an acre of land can produce 20,000 pounds of potatoes. The same acre of land, when used to grow cattle feed, can produce less than 165 pounds of edible beef.

Humans are vegetarians by nature

Our flat teeth are perfect for grinding grains and vegetables, not tearing animal flesh. Similarly, our hands are designed to gather flesh, not tear it. Our saliva contains the enzyme alpha-amylase whose sole job is to digest complex carbohydrates found in plant foods. (This enzyme is not found in the saliva of carnivores.) We have all the proper apparatus for consuming vegetarian products, but none for eating meat.

Respect the environment

By improperly using animals for food, we are devouring ourselves off the planet. Raising animals to kill and eat has resulted in incredible waste and destruction of our precious resources. Just one example of the consequences is the fact that more than 4 million acres of farmland in this country are lost to erosion each year as a result of the ransacking of our farmland for fattening animals for slaughter.

Become more peaceful

When we consume animal meat products, we inevitably come into conflict with nature and our fellow human beings. Eating meaty foods has been scientifically linked to violent and aggressive behavior.

Have compassion for animals

Animals raised for slaughter unnecessarily endure incredible suffering throughout their lives and deaths. Many people try not to think about the agonizing experiences of the animal whose meat ended up in their hamburger or on their table. But if it's uncomfortable to think about, consider what it's like to experience it.

Vegetarianism is Moral and Ethical

Faced with the devastating consequences of meat consumption on an individual, social and environmental level, we as thinking and caring beings must choose vegetarianism. Many great philosophers such as Plato, Socrates, Leo Tolstoy, and George Bernard Shaw taught the morality of vegetarianism.

Animals are God's property and have rights.

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