Kitty Piercy sure knows how to ring in a New Year: The Eugene, Oregon, mayor recently proclaimed 2016 to be Vegan Awareness Year, a move that can help promote healthy living, reduce animal suffering, and combat climate change and other environmental problems.
Research shows that vegans tend to be leaner and less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than their meat-eating counterparts. A Worldwatch Institute report indicates that at least 51 percent of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture, and scientists at the Smithsonian Institution estimate that seven football fields’ worth of land is bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals and the crops that feed them. Each vegan also spares more than 100 animals every year.
No matter where you live, you can help animals and the environment—and reduce your risk for life-threatening diseases—by resolving to eat tasty vegan foods rather than meat, eggs, and dairy products. For more information and free vegan recipes, see www.PETA.org.
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