Because solidarity, first of all. Behind a pair of
moving eyes there is a creature who lives, thinks, suffers or is
happy, exactly as me Has
no importance if it is big or small, but in the same way as me, tries
to live as better as possible using what the Nature has given to it.
Why should kill it (or let other people the task to doing for me) for eating when there are better ways to do this?
On the contrary what common people is induced to believe, there are no costs or renounces
to be vegetarian. More, as the time passes by, our body adapts itself,
day after day, and we unveil thousand new flavours that are
ignored by a diet as that based heavily on meat.
For untrusting and doubtful people that believe that the animals react
mechanically and just only for instinct, I have put at the end of
this page an episode, by direct experience, to demonstrate that the animals understand
more than feel yourself tuned to the nature, you have a lot
of advantages as economical as relating your health.
Less cost for foods: with
the same quantity of recovered components, the meat requires more than
six times of resources: water, feedstuff ( from vegetables or
worse from animals ), care and work, pre-selling treatements and
conservation. Total costs are much more higher. As a short example
do check a dish of pasta and beans (tipical dish of the
mediterranian diet) vs a steak. Not only the cost is lower for the
former but you will get a bigger quantity of components back
(proteins etc.) and less problems for your health. (see bogus infos next on this page)
More choice of flavours. It can't exist a diet with only animal foods, but one with just only
vegetables yes, it can. Animals used as food are in western
countries (in the oriental ones they eat animals that we could not
bear) not more than a few hundred different kinds. The
different flavours among these ones are very minimal, in
many cases derived from treatements for conservation, more than from
the meat itself. The vegetable kinds that you can use in the kitchen are many
thousands with tastes spannig from piquant one of the chily
pepper to the sweet of banana to acid of lemon, to the fresh of minth
to the greasy of the olive oil, the lightweight of bread (in particular some types
like baguette) to heavy of peanuts to the scent of some
Apiales ( anise, fennel, cuminum), all these cited only to give a
very few examples.
Less ecological impact. The intensive animal breeding arises
problems of many types that the agricolture alone don't: necessity of
wide areas as grazing land, most of them from cutting timbers and
forests, escrements and sewages to waste in so a great quantity
that they saturates the possibilities of self-depuration of the earth,
wich often pollute the underground dinkable waters for humans,
eutrophication of waters, virus illness (no virus of the
vegetables is able to attack the men) and so on.
As the way of the substances is through many stages, there are
unavoidable more wastes relating the same final weight. It has been
calculated that if all the man were vegetarian not only the actual
world wouldn't know famine but the earth could support more than 20
billions of humans.
Phisical health. A vegetarian
diet, with the same calories, is more digestible and contains, in
a natural way, elements that often you have to assume apart if
you have a diet heavily based on meat. These are normally called food
integrators underlining that a meat based diet is poor.
Protection from illness. These
are properties that physicians and dietologists are discovering, also
the ones not interested in particular in vegetarian diet, day by day
more and more: low level of cholesterol in the blood, protection from
cancer and diabetes. Minimal frequence of illness caused by uric acid.
Less hazard from rotten foods (in the meat and foods from animals
grows very easily the Clostridium botulinum a
bacterium responsible for the death from intoxication from foods.
When it dies it release the strongest poison on the earth. ' 450
grams would be more than sufficient to extermine all the human
beeing on the planet', from Wikipedia. Sorrily it isn't easily
recognizable when you eat rotten meat. On vegetable foods there are more
frequent moulds that are less poisonous and easily seen)
On the site of Arcoiris.tv you can download the short movie 'Magiare carne fa male' (To eat meat make ill). The page is in italian but you can download also the english edition of the movie.
More, the ANSA (the most important italian news association) has
published a short article about some advices the Italian Research
association for Cancer (AIRC) is sharing in a booklet to have a
better protection against cancer. It doesn't recomend to go veg, but
anyway it is a recognizing of what vegetarians are
saying since a long time: 'ARANCE, ALGHE, SPEZIE: LA SPESA ANTI-CANCRO'
Difficulties in the normal restaurants. By
fortune since about twenty years a lot of things have been changed.
Todays in the normal snack-bar (at least in Italy) you can find
vegetarian sandwiches or something like. In restaurants there is a
little more difficulty, but in any case you will not suffer the famine.
Necessity to inform curious people. There
is always someone that ask you why you are vegetarian, but this
is not really a disadvantge after all, and sometimes it happens that
someone is really interested and he too will become vegetarian,
it happened to me more than once. In any case it is useful to
the behaviour of the people toward the vegetarianism.
Bogus infos to be corrected
There are some false information that are shared from time to time here and there, by voice but somtimes on paper.
Till about twenty years ago, the most common critics toward
vegetarian diet were that it didn't have sufficient quantity of protein.
In front of the evidence these critics have almost
disappeared. In effect
the pair cereals-legumes can deliver all the about twenty
aminoacids necessary to bild all the protein that our
It has been calculated that if we would make a catalog containing
just one single molecule of all the possible proteins, it wouldn't
be sufficient the whole room of the univers to contain it. In effect
any individual has unique personal type of protein, not available in
any other individuals of the same kind or other kinds of animals
. (this is the phenomenon of immunitarian system of the organisms: any
protein that is not used in that individual has to be destroyed)
By consequence, when proteins are from eating other animals, our body
must break these complex aminoacid chains, that are proteins, into the
original simple amionoacids before it can use them. This
will generate an unwanted product that is the uric acid.
This must be wasted otherwise it will accumulate and produce illness as
gout, illness for nobles because upon a time only noble and rich
class was able to eat meat (in particular from chased animals)
everyday, while for common people to eat meat was a luxury
restricted to special holidays only. In the vegetables
protein are very simple so more esasily broken and the uric acid
produced is very low.
At last, nowadays , people with a minimal culture admit that a dish of pasta and beans is more nutrient than a dish of meat-
Vitamins. A vegetarian diet offers all the vitamins less two: A and D.
This is true, but it has no importance because our body is able to
reconstruct them: the A vitamin from the beta-carotene (known also as
protovitamin A, for this reason), wich is the substance causing the
red and orange coloration in the vegetables (for instance the carrot
from which it takes the name). The D vitamin is directly
generated by the body when it is exposed to the sun. For this reason
who is affected from rachitis has to be exposed to the sunlight, as this
vitamin D has the function of fixing the calcium in the bones.
Animals can understand
A day I passed near a barrel that people use to
collect the rain in the country, I saw a lizard that was swimming
and desperately trying to get out, beyond the vertical walls
of the barrel. I went nearer and I tried to take it on hand, but
it escaped here and there to not be captured.
So I took a branch and I put it on the border and into the water, like
staircase so that the lizard could grasp ad get out by itself. It tried
to do more than once but it couldn't, probable because its arts were
unable to grasp well on this type of surface.
After some failed trials I thought that the best way at this point was to catch it anyway, though its tentatives to escape.
With a big surprise it didn't move and it let itself be catched without
any difficulty. Then I put my hand on the ground and I had to force it gently to go away.
Thinking about this fact I got aware that the lizard has
understood at once that I put the branch for it to get out of
the barrel, because it immediately tried to do, and also it has
understood that my willness was to help it and I was not a danger for it. So
it let to be taken by me because it was aware that it was the only way
to be safe.
A lizard has a very little brain, perhaps of a few grams, but it works well.
Another wonderful story about animals, taken from the press some time ago:
In Australia a group of peopke was swimming, when in a once it was
surrounded by a group of dolphins. When one of the swimmer tried to get
out of the circle the dolphins, gently but firmly pushed him back.
Only then they were conscious that a shark was swimming
around them and after about half an hour it got away seeing that was
impossible to reach the people defended by the dolphins. After that
also the dolphins got away