Isle of Wight Vegetarians & Vegans
Some reasons why you should choose vegetarian/vegan food
Health - A typical vegetarian/vegan diet closely matches expert dietary recommendations for healthy eating, being low in saturated fat and high in fibre, complex carbohydrates and fresh fruit and vegetables. Research has shown that this type of diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity, various cancers, bowel disorders and osteoporosis when compared to diets that include animal-derived foods.
Cruelty - Humans share a common bond with animals - they feel pain. The rearing of animals for food cannot be separated from the infliction of suffering. In Britain alone, 450 million animals a year are killed for food.
The environment - 90% of Britain's farm land is used for either grazing animals or growing food for animals. If Britain were completely vegetarian/vegan, it is estimated that we could be self-sufficient in food using just 25% of the land currently used. Just think of the forests and other natural habitats that could be developed.
Fair shares - A person in the 'rich' world consumes 5 times as much grain as a person in the 'poor' world. Most of our grain consumption - much of it imported from countries where people are hungry - is fed to animals to supply us with meat and dairy produce. If we grew and ate plant based foods directly, rather than eating animals and animal products, we could easily be self-sufficient and not need to take from the mouths of others.
Economy - Many people think that vegetarian/vegan food is expensive and time consuming to prepare. Like any diet, it can be but it needn't be. Low cost and enjoyable, nutritious meals can be prepared using wholesome and economical ingredients.
So, next time you reach for an item in the supermarket or a fast food restaurant -
THINK BEFORE YOU EAT!
CHOOSE VEGETARIAN / VEGAN FOODS.
IWVV is here to help - we can provide practical support such as:
Information about nutrition. Ideas for recipes and menus.
Advice about where to buy vegetarian / vegan foods and ingredients.
Information about where to eat out.