Mass livestock farming with its products of animal origin (meat, milk, eggs and products from them) is also very destructive in terms of health. Consumption of meat and other foods of animal origin is a risk factor for many diseases of civilization (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease…), also causes overweight and even depression, because a 1998 study shows that meat consumers are more afraid and depressed than vegetarians. According to a study by the University of California, Loma Linda, meat consumers are twice as likely to develop dementia. Recent research shows that infection with toxoplasmosis (parasites in the brain), which is most commonly transmitted through meat, promotes those character traits that are prevalent today, e.g. neglect of moral values, indifference and light-heartedness, from which the question of the extent to which the consumption of meat contributes to the disintegration of values in modern society could be drawn. According to an American study, vascular changes are found in as many as 70% of children.
Meat is no longer part of the life force, as the life guideline has been for decades, but in reality it has never been. There are nations in the world that eat exclusively vegetarian, which is also proof that meat is not necessary for life. Various studies around the world prove that e.g. vegetarians and vegans have a lower risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, vascular disease, cancer, rheumatism. Vegetarians and especially vegans are healthier and are supposed to live longer than those who eat meat. Foods of animal origin are therefore not necessary in the human diet at all. Eating meat is a matter of habit or. tradition and not necessity. The same goes for milk.
Mass livestock farming is at its root, that is, the production of meat and other foods of animal origin is cruel. Animals suffer unbearably. Brutal murders take place in slaughterhouses. Many of the living creatures that the butcher is tearing apart are still conscious. Living beings howl and stutter in mortal fear of hellish pain. Animals waiting in line often have to empathize with the death torments of their predecessors and know that it will befall them as well. Slaughterhouses are places of unimaginable suffering of living beings, beings who feel or. they feel pain and fear just like a human being. Dairy cows also suffer unbearably, as they have become real factories for milk production. Cows are treated as profit-making machines. Thanks to genetic changes and production techniques geared to the highest capacity, the cow is now able to produce more than 6,000 liters of milk a year – a multiple of what it produces in the wild. Under natural conditions, a cow gives milk only when she has a cub. To meet the milk needs of the population, cows are artificially inseminated every year. Calves are separated from their mothers immediately after birth. For the mother, this loss of the child is the most traumatic experience in her already torturous life. In freedom she finds her cub among a thousand calves and breastfeeds him for 6 to 12 months. Growth hormones and unnatural milking cycles contribute to udder pain, which can become so severe that it slips on the floor from time to time. Therefore, udder infections often occur, which they try to prevent with antibiotic treatment. Therefore, this activity is also very unethical. The suffering of animals in terms of production of meat, milk, eggs tudi is also completely unnecessary, as it has been proven that people can live normally without food of animal origin, not only that, they are also healthier and live longer.
All of the above, ie the very harmful consequences of mass livestock farming, would not exist or would be less so if the protection of animals, based on high ethical principles, which could be summed up in the Golden Rule, were part of social responsibility. If e.g. protect animal life and animals would have the right to life, health and well-being and of course their dignity and physical and mental integrity, mass livestock farming would not exist and thus not its very harmful consequences described above which greatly destroy society. Meat could be said to be a mass murderer: some 60 billion land animals, more than 1,000 billion aquatic creatures die from meat each year worldwide, an endless number of small animals are destroyed in industrial production and tens of millions of people, and of course also nature.
Here are some facts about meat:
meat is a superfluous food from a physiological and nutritional point of view. Experts today no longer doubt that a vegan diet provides optimal coverage of nutrient needs. In some diseases, e.g. in case of high blood pressure, rheumatism, disorders in fat metabolism, it is vegetarian or vegan lifestyle one of the most meaningful therapeutic measures in general. A varied vegan diet has everything a person needs for their life. No serious scientist doubts this anymore. All this also applies to children’s nutrition. All this also applies to children’s nutrition. No scientific study e.g. has not proven that infants fed wholesome meat-free foods are deficient in iron or anything else. Meat is no longer part of the life force, as the motto has been for decades. There are nations in the world that eat exclusively vegetarian, which is also proof that meat is not necessary for life;
meat causes diabetes: High consumption of saturated fatty acids can lead to insulin resistance and thus contribute to the development of diabetes (diabetes mellitus). In general, animal products contain a lot of saturated fatty acids;
meat causes overweight: Saturated fatty acids contribute to the formation of excess weight. Being overweight is considered to be a risk factor for heart and circulatory disorders, heart attacks, strokes and circulatory disorders;
meat damages bones: Meat products contain on average more phosphorus than calcium. The increased ratio of phosphorus to calcium results in increased release of calcium from the bones. As some research has shown, there is a close association between high phosphate intake with food and an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures;
meat is a risk factor for cancer: In 2001, the NIH, the world’s largest research institution, found an increased risk of cancer when eating red meat. Argentina and Uruguay are among the largest consumers of beef in the world and at the same time the countries with the highest rates of breast and intestinal cancer. A study from the University of Minnesota, published in September 2002, found that eating grilled red meat promotes pancreatic cancer. The World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research, which are among the world’s most reputable institutions in the field of cancer research, believe that there is a “convincing link between red meat, meat products and colon and rectal cancer” and that the link between meat and cancer, thanks to recent research, much stronger than it was about a decade ago. Research shows a link between eating meat and cancer of the prostate, lung, esophagus, stomach and pancreas;
meat promotes inflammation and pain: Animal products contain a lot of arachidonic acid, from which inflammatory substances are formed. These substances can cause neurodermatitis, inflammation of the small and large intestine, asthma, arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatism;
meat accelerates heart attack and arteriosclerosis: Excessive iron intake from eating red meat is a dangerous source of free radicals that damage blood vessels. Especially in men, the risk of heart attack increases;
meat promotes depression: Meat has a negative effect on mentality. A 1998 study shows that meat eaters have an increased incidence of fear and depression compared to vegetarians;
An interesting study on the problems of heme iron has shown that elevated heme iron (sources: red meat, poultry, fish) is a risk factor for colon cancer. is associated with cancer risk). The study also showed that the ORIGIN of iron is essential and that iron of plant origin is not associated with the development of cancer. Another study, however, showed that heme iron increases the risk of cardiovascular disease because heme iron acts as a pro-oxidant and promotes a reaction between LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and oxygen, forming plaque on the walls of blood vessels;
Several studies, notably from Prague (Charles University) and the Universities of Oxford and Maryland, have shown that toxoplasmosis (a parasite in the brain) that is most commonly transmitted through meat promotes those traits that are prevalent today. e.g. neglect of moral values, indifference and light-heartedness. Toxoplasma-infected people differed in their personality traits from those without parasites in the brain in a negative direction. Since toxoplasmosis infection is most commonly transmitted through meat, as already mentioned, the question arises as to what extent meat consumption contributes to the breakdown of values in our society. The risk of latent toxoplasma is underestimated, although due to its frequency (between 30 and 70% in western countries) it can pose a serious problem for health care, including in Slovenia;
on October 1, 2003, a study by scientists from the University of California was published in PNAS-online. PNAS stands for “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences”, the most prestigious and most cited world-renowned professional journal. Researchers have discovered that human metabolism in the consumption of red meat (cattle, pigs, sheep) receives certain foreign molecules from the body and loads them into various tissues. These molecules are associated with the label N – Glycolyneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), which is located on the surface of cell membranes. This substance is formed only by mammals, human metabolism can not produce this sugar connection. Especially large quantities are in the meat of cattle, pigs and sheep. Milk and cheese also contain this link in smaller quantities. Antibodies reacting with Neu5Gc molecules were found in the blood of test subjects. From this it can be concluded that there was an immune reaction against this molecule. The Neu5Gc molecules themselves were first detected in various cancerous tissues and were later found in blood vessels and mucosal cells. Importantly, in this study, it has been scientifically proven for the first time that human tissue accepts molecules from ingested meat, resulting in an immune response. The human immune system treats the Neu5Gc molecule as a harmful intruder. Research effectively points to the fact that meat is no natural human food, otherwise the immune system would not make antibodies. It is obvious that the human body rejects meat through the immune system and that this is a completely natural reaction of the body. It is about defending the body against harmful foreign substances;
also the well-known “China Study” (China-Oxford-Cornell Nutrition and Health Project) shows clear links between meat consumption and disease. Over time, this project has revealed more than 8,000 statistically significant links between various dietary factors and diseases. Findings? People who included the most animal foods in their diets suffered the most from chronic diseases… People who included the most plant foods in their diet were the healthiest and usually did not suffer from chronic diseases. A Chinese study details the link between diet and heart disease, diabetes and cancer, but also the ability of the diet to reduce or eliminate the risk or effects of these deadly diseases. The Chinese study also examines a source of “food confusion” caused by strong stakeholders, government entities and irresponsible scientists.
Does eating meat also harm intelligence? A protein-rich diet leads to an increase in cortisone in blood plasma and saliva. Chronically elevated cortisone levels damage the hippocampus, causing significant memory impairment. According to a study by the University of California, Loma Linda, meat consumers are also twice as likely to develop dementia.
Omega-3 fats in fish are said to be curative and to limit cardiovascular disease. A study examining the effects of various fats on heart disease found a significant link between omega-3 fats from fish and an increased risk of the occurrence of cardiovascular disease, which is contrary to popular belief. Interestingly, high-risk research does not link omega-3 fats from plant sources, but only omega-3 fats from fish. However, this is not the only study to challenge the claim that omega-3 fats from fish are said to reduce the chance of heart disease.
Anyone who wants to live a healthy life should rather give up meat, because:
substances that poison the environment: About 90% of all dioxins and furans are ingested through animal foods. During the food chain, there is an increasing accumulation of difficult-to-digest harmful substances, also due to pesticides from mass livestock farming. The “final link” may then be taken by people who are harmful to their health. Wild boar meat contains not only toxins from the environment, but e.g. also radioactive cesium. The Munich Ecological Institute has targeted 17,600 becquerels per kilogram of meat in black game last year. The food limit is 600 becquerel;
antibiotic resistance: Mass-raised animals are fed enormous amounts of antibiotics. Chemists have shown that antibiotics used in animal husbandry apparently pass on to plants when manure is used and thus enter human food – with dangerous consequences. In environments where livestock farming exists, there is a significantly greater decline in antibiotic resistance. So they don’t help you anymore;
BSE: The muscle meat of slaughtered cattle has always been classified as a healthy food. Now scientists around the world can prove that prions are found in muscle meat. Munich neuropathologist prof. Kretschmar described them as an exciting result because it cannot be ruled out that man gets them with muscle flesh.
Like Alzheimer’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) belongs to neuroregenerative diseases, which cannot always be clearly distinguished from each other according to their clinical picture. A number of American universities have conducted research on the dead, in which specialists diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease during their lifetime. Brilliant in the results of this study is that in 3 to 13 percent it was not Alzheimer’s at all, but Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. In the United States, the number of people who died of Alzheimer’s disease increased 50-fold between 1979 and 2000. In 2000, there were 50,000 of these people. At present, however, there are an estimated 4 million people with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States. Therefore, it is necessary to realistically conclude that there are considerable dark numbers in Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
A study by the German Cancer Research Center found that vegetarians have a markedly reduced risk of death. Of the 100 study participants in the age group that predicted deaths, only 59 were actually faced with vegetarianism. If male study participants are observed separately, the positive effect is even more pronounced with just 52 actual deaths.
Those who eat meat are therefore repeatedly harming themselves and society. Firstly, because they eat food that can make them sick and even die (imagine a father who eats a lot of meat, so he gets cancer and dies, leaving behind an unattended child whose father’s behavior can completely change his life. for the worse), secondly, because their disease caused by eating meat causes society to incur high costs, which health insurance costs have to pay for the treatment of their self-inflicted disease. In most cases, treatment is significantly more expensive than health insurance, which means that they have to be paid by other taxpayers, such as vegetarians who have nothing to do with meat or vegans), and thirdly, because they have to pay for them, ie for their food, which is otherwise superfluous from the point of view of dietary physiology. unnecessary food, to suffer innocent animals immensely (a visit to a slaughterhouse might sober up many people), fourthly, because their consumption of meat kills l Jews in underdeveloped countries and fifthly, because their consumption of meat leads to increasing destruction of the environment. Eating meat is therefore also a threat to society and thus to Slovenia. Poor financial position of the company or. countries and the general well-being of people, endangers public health, destroys the environment, causes immense animal suffering and the deaths of tens of millions of people in underdeveloped countries. The same goes for milk.
Vegan diet is suitable for people at all stages of life, including babies, children, teenagers, pregnant women, nursing mothers and athletes, and also reduces the chances of many chronic diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, cancer…) . This is evidenced by numerous independent scientific studies by international food organizations:
AND (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics),
DC (Dietitians of Canada),
NHMRC (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council),
BDA (British Dietetic Association),
BNF (British Nutrition Foundation).
Certainly a vegetarian diet is better than a mixed diet as it does not contain meat. However, it contains milk and eggs, which are also harmful to human health and, of course, the environment and climate. Not to mention the animals.