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Kathleen Keene, Moorhead, Published March 16 2013

Letter: Please join us for Meatout 2013

In the American diet, meat has become a staple in almost every meal we eat, and yet most people are absolutely clueless about how this dietary choice affects their body and what impact meat production has on the environment. The average omnivorous diet requires more water, more primary energy, more fertilizer and more pesticides than a vegan diet would. It also results in the production of large amounts of greenhouse gases, deforestation, water pollution and many other negative environmental effects.

Meanwhile, all we’re getting out of it is bad health; most Americans consume much more meat than they should, resulting in obesity, increased incidence of heart disease and some cancers, food-borne illnesses, osteoporosis and much more. It is not only possible to intake sufficient nutrients on a meat-free or reduced meat diet, but it is actually healthier to get the majority of your protein from plant sources rather than animal ones.

For more information about National Meatout, join us Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Comstock Memorial Union at Minnesota State University Moorhead. We’d love to meet you! For more info: FMVeg.org