Stop Eating Meat

Katelyn Bittke, Opinions Editor

October not only brings out the ghosts and pumpkins, but also the vegetarians of the world. October is vegetarian awareness month, a month full of information and recipes. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, this month can teach everyone new outlooks on this unique lifestyle.

This month really signifies what it would be like to experience a vegetarian lifestyle, and really encourages others that it’s possible for anyone to make the change. More importantly, the abundance of information is crucial in not only attacking myths, but showcasing how this lifestyle not only affects you, but the world. Here are just a few of the benefits you will experience if you chose to become a vegetarian.

Your health will improve not only temporarily, but for the long haul. Following a proper vegetarian diet will dramatically decrease any negative cardiovascular, and cholesterol systems you may have in under the first week of your diet change. You will feel more energetic, your immune system will start to skyrocket, and your arteries will no longer be clogged with animal products. Experts say that completely making the change has the possibility of increasing your lifespan of a purely healthy body by 13 years!

Not only will this diet positively affect your body, but the planet. 75 percent of the nation’s topsoil is already depleted because of factory growth of animals, to put in perspective it takes 500 years to replace just one inch of topsoil. Not only is soil being erased, but fresh water supply is rapidly turning into toxic waste. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef, and for the southern states where it is mainly produced their bodies of fresh water will soon disappear, and unfortunately never come back.

Easily the biggest factor of this lifestyle is the ten billion animals that are slaughtered each year. A majority of them spend their short lives in cramped and dirty windowless factories, fed road kill and artificial grain, and scientists have discovered that these animals actually do have mental awareness of what is really happening to them.

Another added bonus to the vegetarian lifestyle is that, believe it or not, you will be saving money. On average, 10 percent of an American’s grocery trip is made up of meat, and when you extend it yearly it averages out to $4,000.

If you’re up for it, take the time in October to ease into a vegetarian lifestyle. In just one month can positively impact your planet, wallet, and the lives of many animals. Challenge yourself, and start a change that may potentially be permanent.

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