Since 1985, every March 20, World Meat Free Day has been celebrated, promoted by FARM (Farm Animal Reform Movement). Its mission is to publicize a diet free of violence and cruelty.
Foods of plant origin contain all the necessary nutrients for human beings to develop in a healthy way. Many people choose a vegetarian diet for health, sensitivity to animals and the planet, as well as the subtle part of the human being.
Throughout this date, in many parts of the world different activities are carried out that disseminate information about the advantages of a diet free of foods of animal origin.
Many studies have already shown that a plant-based diet reduces risk of disease and lengthens life expectancy. Today there are vegetable alternatives to meat, sausages and milk, for those who still have the habit of this type of food.
Why the "Meatless Day"?
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and other degenerative diseases.
- Decrease exposure to infections such as salmonella or E-coli.
- Raise the energy level of people, lower the food budget and simplify the preparation and cleaning of food.
- Increases the amount of grains, cereals and legumes available for human consumption.
- It preserves the soil, groundwater, forests, and other forms of wildlife.
- Protect the soil, water and other vital sources for the survival of our children and their children.
- Save animals from cages, overcrowding, mistreatment, beatings, mutilations, and torturous life and death. Each person who adopts a plant-based diet saves the lives of 95 sentient animals each year.
Here we expand the reasons why it would be a good habit to stop consuming meats and dairy products.
The fats in animal meat increase the chance of cancer by 40 percent and are at increased risk of heart disease and many other diseases such as heart attack, obesity, appendicitis, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes and food poisoning. “A diet devoid of animal products has proven to be an extraordinary weapon against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, obesity, heart problems and a long list of ailments. People eat meat for pleasure, as well as drink alcohol or smoke tobacco, but no responsible physician would recommend the consumption of any of these three products to maintain optimal health, ”explains Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine chairman Neal Barnard.
Today's factory farms produce environmental pollution that future generations will be forced to pay for. Raising animals for human consumption requires more than half of the drinking water used in industrialized countries and its waste is one of the largest pollutants that exist for the soil and rivers. Far away is the bucolic image of animals in the open air, because to meet the needs of the market, breeding techniques have developed real meat factories, where slurry, polluted water and organic remains are thrown into the sea, rivers and fields.
Approximately 90 percent of the oats, 85 percent of the corn, and 80 percent of the soybeans produced in the United States are given to livestock. The food that would be saved if all humans consumed only vegetables, would be enough to end the current hunger in the world several times. To produce a kilo of animal protein, between 5 and 20 kilos of vegetable protein must be invested, perfectly consumed by human beings, especially cereals and soybeans. With the same resources with which a person with a carnivorous diet is fed, it could feed 20 hungry people in the world. “I am a vegetarian for a reason of justice. The production and consumption of meat wastes a huge amount of food that could solve world hunger. Industrialized countries prefer not to deny themselves the pleasure of eating meat rather than doing good to humanity. Both men and animals need fair treatment, and I am not going to shirk my responsibility towards them, ”explains philosopher Peter Singer, Professor of Practical Ethics at Princeton University.
For the animals
In Spain, more than 750 million animals are slaughtered each year for human consumption, and in the United States alone, about 25 billion annually. Factory farm animals are treated like machines. Within a few days of hatching, for example, chicks have their beaks burned with a hot knife. Oxen and pigs are castrated without anesthesia. All of these animals spend their short lives in crowded, ammonia-filled places, and many of them are so crowded that they can't even turn or extend a wing. Many cannot even breathe fresh air until they are pushed and beaten into trucks for a gruesome ride to the slaughterhouse, often at extreme temperatures and always without food or water. Animals are hung upside down and their throats cut, usually while they are still conscious. And by eating meat, you are being an accessory to that cruelty.