Vegetarians and vegans live longer, confirmed by science, again. And what’s more even politicians are now suggesting that meat consumption should be reduced to lower environmental load on the planet. This is hardly news to vegans, the Vegan Society says that meat production has quadrupled in the last 50 years and farmed animals outnumber humans by 3:1! So if this is healthy, why do vegans live longer?
But of course there’s more to it than just that, as the Guardian reports that eating meat has an environmental impact. It causes:
- overheating of the planet
- using up land
- overuse of water
- pollution on land, sea and air
- more disease
- uses oil supplies
- health implications
If you are not aware of this environmental impact, this short article really is a good place to learn how powerful it is. Click the link above and find out!
Veggies and vegans live longer
Confirmed, once more in a study of Mormons in the US. As part of the deal they ought to be vegetarian but some aren’t, while others are vegan. This meant the authors were able to do a better job of stratifying the data than has been the norm previously. Well that’s what the Wall Street Journal reports. And the findings were that veggies and vegans live longer!
Interestingly, calorie intake was similar between diets but the veggies suffered fewer deaths than the meaties. Looks like vegetables protect while meat doesn’t, certainly against heart disease, which was 19% less likely in the veggie group. Overall, veggies were 12% less likely to die. Veggies and vegans live longer! Of course, these epidemiological studies can only suggest. They cannot prove causation. However, adopting a veggie diet would seem to protect against heart disease at least.
The evidence does stack up as the Medical News Today site shows. In the Mormon study more than 70000 people were studied over 6 years, while a recent study in the UK of 60000 people showed that veggie diet protects against cancer. There’s more evidence, but at the very least that’s heart disease and cancer that veggie diets protect against. The two biggest killers.
Politicians want you to eat less meat
Also today the BBC reported that the cross party International Development Committee want people in the UK to consume less meat. Food shortages are only days away apparently! There’s a lot of talk about food security these days and is generally part of a push to get GM crops approved and farmed in an underhand manner. The UK government is heartily in favour of GM crops which is in contrast to other EU governments which have helped Monsanto decide to stop campaigning for GM corn take up in the EU. They have officially left the building!
This committee is keen to reduce waste (that’s a very good thing) and to encourage the British public to reduce meat consumption (another good thing). And suggest that
“as a nation we should place a stronger focus on more sustainable extensive systems of meat production such as pasture-fed cattle, rather than on highly intensive grain-fed livestock units.”
Sir Malcolm Bruce, Chairman of the International Development Committee, Liberal Democrat MP
Debating meat eating on the Nicky Campbell show
Ignoring the research that says vegetarians and vegans live longer, the Beeb announced on their website that
MPs say we need to cut down the amount of meat we’re eating to make sure global food supplies can last. So, should that steak, bacon butty or roast dinner be a rare treat – or should we even become vegetarian – so others around the world have enough to eat? Or should we be able to serve what we like on our dinner tables? Should we go vegetarian to save the planet?
They had a lady from the Vegetarian society and one or two blokes firmly on the other side of the argument. These farmers’ reps were not the brightest. They kept banging on about the pasture-fed cattle Sir Malcolm Bruce mentioned. They argued that most of the livestock in this country were indeed grass fed on land that was useless for agriculture. Sadly, they missed the point, well-made by the Veg Soc lady, that the UK consumes far more meat than it produces. Most of the meat consumed is not grass fed.
This means that most of the meat the UK eats is contributing to the destruction of the planet as outlined in the Guardian article linked to earlier. Sadly, the one farmer got emotional and started pointing fingers at developing countries suggesting they should be given more condoms or something! At this point I was shouting at the radio and could only put up with just a little more. I turned off. But the interested reader can catch up on iplayer. Hurry, it’s only available for a week.
I’m a fan of pushing a reduction in meat consumption and am fully in favour of campaigns such as Meat Free Monday. Reducing meat consumption in this way is a great idea and a huge step in the right direction. It will also help some of the meat eaters as well as veggies and vegans live longer while causing less environmental impact. All good stuff!
Vegans live longer and slimmer too!
Yep, there’s more. The latest Mormon study, Nutrient Proﬁles of Vegetarian and Non-vegetarian Dietary Patterns
compared the nutrient intake for five types of diets among 71,751 people. The largest group, 48 percent, ate meat; also included were those who eat meat occasionally (6 percent); pesco-vegetarians, who consume fish (10 percent); lacto-ovo vegetarians, who eat dairy products (28 percent); and vegans, who avoid all animal products (8 percent).
Almost 67 percent of the vegans in the study had a BMI under 25, compared to 29 percent of the meat eaters.
The vegans fared much better than the overall U.S. population — nationwide, only 31 percent of adults have a BMI under 25.
Here’s the video with a quick overview of the study’s findings…