I have been a vegetarian for 5 years and vegan for soon to be one year. I can say that this has probably been one of the most important decisions in my life. I am proud of it and I have no regrets so far.
Changing my diet habits hasn’t affected my health in a negative way, it has only brought improvements to the way I feel, to what I eat and to my lifestyle in general.
For someone who is just thinking about going vegetarian, ethical arguments may not be enough, because there are still thousands of animals massacred on a daily basis anyway. But long term changes require a change of mentality, which is why it is essential that we start doing those small steps and reduce the consumption of meat and other animal products. And hopefully, more people would consider changing their lifestyle the same way with time.
For those undecided, but also for those people who are vegetarians already, I created this calculator to give you an approximate number of how many animals you actually did not eat.
Just enter the amount of days you’ve been a vegetarian and it will count for you.
The logic is that by reducing the demand of meat on the market, it should regulate itself to the extend of reducing the production of meat. This is a long term process and doesn’t happen overnight. But this is the most important tool we have – stop eating animals and convince the other to do so.
*The data is based on the amount of meat the average American consumed in 2008 according to the USDA.
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