It’s healthier for you. But there are also many ethical and moral reasons to eat vegetarian, including the following:
You can help curb global warming
How much methane do you think is produced that then goes into the atmosphere? Where does the methane come from? Cars? No. Factories and power plants? No. The biggest producers of methane gas and other greenhouse gases are cattle farms. Millions of cattle consume an insane amount of crops and grains every day, and their guts turn all that food into gases.
The methane that is literally burning a hole in the ozone layer essentially comes from the farts of cattle. When you do your part to reduce meat consumption, you help reduce the number of cattle that must be slaughtered to meet the demand for meat.
It helps alleviate world hunger a little bit
Who do you think are the biggest consumers of agricultural grains like wheat and oats? Livestock.
Most of the grain produced on farms around the world, nearly 80% by some estimates, is processed into livestock feed. If even a fraction of the grain produced were processed into food-grade products and then sold to poor countries, it could help alleviate world hunger.
You fight against animal cruelty
Have you ever been to a slaughterhouse or animal factory? It’s not for the faint of heart. When you see how cruelly people treat animals, you might change your mind about eating meat.
Chickens are usually kept in cramped cages where they can barely move. Most of the time, they can only look through the bars of their cages to eat. It is the same in most cattle farms. They would slaughter the cows in an inhumane way.
You will discover a whole new world of delicious cuisine
Vegetarian cuisine has come a long way from the bland recipes that were around 10 or 20 years ago. You’ll find that there are many dishes from overseas that are completely vegan and very tasty.
But if you don’t want to go too strict with your diet, there are many dishes that are mostly vegetables with some meat for protein. If you like to cook for yourself, then you should discover the many vegan and vegetarian recipes on the internet.
A vegetarian diet does not mean sacrificing taste. Think about whether you would really miss meat. If ethical things are important to you, at least try to eat less and less meat. Not every day, not necessarily and always. Vegetables are much healthier for you, and better for the environment.