Can Vegetarianism Save The Planet?

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Can Vegetarianism Save The Planet? It’s a simple question with no easy answer. Animal raising – the time, effort and resources needed to nurture them for food are far above that of vegetables. There are more things to think about than just resources though, and some vegetable products such as soy can have the opposite effect. But, in an overcrowded world where resources are sacred, we must look at what would happen if we reduced our animal intake.

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9 Comments So Far

  1. I like this ARBTECH. Only vegetarian food can save the humanity on a larger period than anything else. I love vegetarian food and make my comments to bring promote this in world population and live longer life without disease.

  2. Not only that people become less violent.. and more peaceful loving towards all beings.The world will be happier.

  3. Great information. Facts and percentages are even greater in the new documentary movie called ‘Cowspiracy.’ Glaring with reality and truth it illustrates how the meat and dairy industries (Big Agro) are responsible for over 50% of environmental destruction and that the rainforest is being devastated at the rate of 1 acre/second – Y E S-
    one acre per second. At this rate there will be NO rainforest in 10 years. All because of people choosing to eat meat and dairy. Please Watch. We all need to be vegan… yesterday!

        • Hi Janet

          I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to reply to me.

          Will watch Conspiracy and have a good read of your links! Once I’m a bit more informed I will try to contact Will Tuttle.

          Thank you again.


      • Just double checked here Robert – copied this – actually (BELOW) – even worse –
        1 – 2 acres every second.

        Monday with Cinema Politica: Documentary film Cowspiracy … › … › Television › Music › Books › Celebrity

        … the rainforests at the rate of one acre per second. every day 100 plant, animal and insect species are lost because of rainforest destruction. … Cowspiracy: The …

        COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret

        1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second. … The leading causes of rainforest destruction are livestock and … 63 pounds waste per one cattle per …

      • If you want the real scoop on this – contact Will Tuttle of ‘The World Peace Diet.’ I am certain that he would love to talk with you more.

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