The dawning of the new milennium has brought forth the vision of a better lifestyle for me, my family and my nation — a vision free of the four major scourges of humankind: disease, depravation, devastation and death. It took some research, but the results are awesome.
I found that I can help prevent disease by replacing animal products in my diet with wholesome grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. Chronic diseases associated with consumption of animal products kill three times as many Americans as those linked to tobacco smoking. Every health advocacy organization recommends the transition.
My diet will help prevent food depravation. Raising animals for food wastes enormous amounts of foodstuffs, topsoil, water, fertilizer, energy and other vital food production resources needed for our children and the world’s hungry.
My diet will help prevent environmental devastation. Raising animals for food is chiefly responsible for pollution of our water supplies and for destruction of wildlife and their habitats. Even the conservative Sierra Club has joined the battle.
My diet will help prevent death and suffering of innocent, sentient animals. Nearly 10 billion are caged, crowded, deprived, drugged, mutilated and manhandled each year in U.S. “factory farms” until the butcher’s knife ends their misery.
My resolution for the new millennium is simple, but powerful: a wholesome, nonviolent diet of grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits. Briana L. Davis Bangor