Reasons to be Veggie


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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:

http://www.vegansociety.co.nz/#!__the-issues

http://goveg.kiwi.nz/

www.quitmeat.org.nz

http://www.meatthetruth.nl/en/

http://www.dairydocumentary.com/

http://www.culinaryschools.org/cooking-school-types/vegetarian/resources.php

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 debbie@meatfreemedia.com

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: chatgroup@vegetarianfamilies.org.nz.

Vegan Health/Hauora

www.veganhealth.org Nutritional information and help with transitioning to a vegan diet

www.vegansociety.com
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

www.vegetarianforhealth.com Helping people to become vegetarian.

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Christchurch Vegetarian Centre
'Vegetarian Christchurch' Group
CVC Youth Group

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