Reasons to be Veggie
The most common reason for being vegetarian/vegan is ethical (to lessen animal suffering and the environmental impact of meat production). Click the link for our downloadable pdf Animal Welfare. Also vegetarians also cite health or religious reasons. Many also cite environmental reasons. Click the link for a downloadable pdf Environmental Reasons. For example, a 2006 U.N. report concluded that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined. Being vegetarian is more effective in the fight against global warming than trading in your ‘regular’ car for a Toyota Prius. Also, producing one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times as much fossil fuel input—releasing more than 10 times the amount of greenhouse gasses—than it takes to produce one calorie of plant protein.
Vegetarian diets are beneficial in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, renal disease and dementia, as well as diverticular disease, gallstones and rheumatoid arthritis. Rates of vegetarianism and veganism are increasing in New Zealand, as they are internationally. Vegetarian food patterns are increasingly common in New Zealand. There are different types of vegetarianism. Vegetarians can vary from excluding only red meat (semi-vegetarians); all meat, including fish (lacto-ovo vegetarians); eggs and meat (lacto-vegetarians) or all animal products (total vegetarians or vegans). Vegans eat a plant-based diet and eat no products from animals, including meat, fish, chicken, dairy, honey, or eggs. There are vegan foods in all the main food groups and a well-planned vegan diet is as varied, if not more, than the typical New Zealand omnivorous diet.
We have information leaflets on various aspects of vegetarianism. Click here to go to our resources page.
Check out these websites for more information:
New Zealand Vegan/Vegetarian Websites/Ipurangi
www.vegetarian.org.nz New Zealand Vegetarian Society
www.vegansociety.co.nz New Zealand Vegan Society
www.vegsoc.org.nz Wellington Branch of the Vegetarian Society
www.vegetarians.co.nz Info, recipes, shops, dating, restaurants and more
www.quitmeat.org.nz Great reasons why you should quit meat today
www.vegforums.biga.co.nz Online New Zealand vegetarian forum
Animal Rights in New Zealand/Awhinatia nga kararehe
www.safe.org.nz Save Animals from Exploitation – animal rights and education organisation
www.lovepigs.org.nz Love pigs, ban intensive pig farming
http://www.nzavs.org.nz Website of the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society
Email chat groups
NZVegan is an email chat list for keeping vegans and aspiring vegans updated about what’s going on in NZ such as new vegan places to eat, new vegan food, events, health and anything else related to veganism! This list is for long-time vegans as well as new ones. If you would like to join, email Debbie firstname.lastname@example.org
nzvegfamilies email chat group for New Zealand vegetarian families. Wherever you live in New Zealand, support and information is only a click away. From pregnancy to weaning to teens, the nzvegfamilies email chat group invites you to network with other vegetarian families, post questions and share parenting experiences. We welcome all vegetarian and vegan families plus parents of children exploring a vegetarian lifestyle. Email: email@example.com.
www.veganhealth.org Nutritional information and help with transitioning to a vegan diet
Information about all aspects of veganism, including nutrition. Free downloads of nutrition information sheets
www.veganhealthstudy.org Participate in a vegan health study
www.pcrm.org This organisation is for healthcare professionals, but the website includes lots of interesting info regarding veganism and health
www.vegsource.com A huge site with lots of resources, including health sections written by Michael Klaper and other doctors, plus discussion boards
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