Justin Saunders
Illustration Essay – Final Draft
November 19, 2007

Save The World From Devastation, Go Vegan.

            Making a difference in the world comes in three simple steps: gain knowledge, become vegetarian, and then go vegan!

            Everyone wants to make the world a better place, but do the opposite and just cause more problems without even realizing it. The main difference between a vegetarian and a vegan is, while vegetarians don’t eat any type of animal flesh, vegans don’t eat or wear any animals by products, including not eating meat, honey, milk, or cheese and not wearing leather, silk or fur.  Without the meat industry there would be over sixteen times the amount of food available because it takes about sixteen pounds of wheat to produce one pound of beef, more water available because it takes about 2500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, less fossil fuels used to produce meat, less pollution into the Earth’s natural resources, less human diseases, healthier people, reduces national debt and many other positive effects. Most people think that becoming vegetarian is hard to do, and feel that becoming a vegan is impossible, insane, and an unhealthy decision. Becoming vegetarian makes a big impact on the world in a positive way, but going the extra step and becoming vegan will make the world an even better place. To make the step and become vegan is easy to obtain by following three simple steps.

            Ignorance on the subject is the biggest problem in the world. People just accept things the way they are without questioning anything. Education on the steps taken to get the meat onto the dinner plate would sicken any human being with a heart.  At the same time the education on all the negative effects on the world a meat-based diet has would make people question things. At the same time if more people tried the alternatives to eating meat, people would find the alternatives are just as good, if not better. “But meat people meat to get their protein,” this however is untrue. Peanut butter, beans, and spinach are just a handful of natural foods that contain a higher amount of protein than meat contains. Why not try a vegetarian lifestyle out today?

            Becoming a vegetarian may seem like a hard thing to do. There are different methods that work to become method, but the best way is to gradually get into it. Begin by becoming a semi-vegetarian by only eating meat considered to be white meat, (some examples include chicken, turkey, and fish.) because red meat (steak, hamburger, ham, etc.) is the worse type of meat for the human body to take in because it significantly raises the possibility of heart disease, high blood pressure, high bowel disorders, cancers, and gallstones. At the same time cutting back from red meat will lower stroke risks, obesity, and coronary artery disease. Within days without red meat, the human body has more energy, doesn’t feel weighed down, and has a better state of mind. After a few weeks, months, or even years of a white meat only diet, cut all meat out of the diet.  The first two weeks are really difficult, but with the right mindset and self-control, the two weeks will be a breeze and making a huge difference in the world will begin.

            While being vegetarian makes a huge difference in the world, the only way to make a complete impact is to take it a step farther and become vegan. The dairy industry is just as bad as the meat industry. Dairy cows are a high percent of the world’s pollution. With the drugs that are pumped into these cows to make their bodies grow faster and produce milk at a faster rate; their feces is full of toxicants that get absorbed into the soil, get into the water, and are even omitted into the air. “But this is when eating meat is a benefit, because eating meat helps keep the population of animals in control.” This is completely wrong. Animals are produced at an uneven rate and unnatural way because the demand for animal by-products is high. With a lower demand of animal by products, the animal population is at a healthier level, resulting in lower pollution, more food for everyone, and overall a better way of living.

            While becoming vegetarian or vegan is not for everyone, everyone should approach the option with an open mind and test it out for his or her self. Any reduction in animals by products helps make a positive difference in the world. The movement to make the world a better place has already begun. Join in the movement and become part of the solution, not the problem. Become a vegan today!