It’s certain that going vegetarian can greatly improve your health by making you less prone to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and obesity, but it also provides many positives for the environment as well. The meat industry takes the blame for the large amount of water pollution and land degradation, and not to mention all the other toxic effects it has.
A recent United Nations report explained how “raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous-oxide emissions.” Adapting a vegan diet is necessary in combating the harsh effects of climate change.
Edelstein let the world see the positive effects of a vegetarian diet in her ad, but she also had a few impactful things to say as well.
"Vegetarianism is a really important part of what we need to do to help the environment,” she told PETA. “The meat industry is really toxic to the environment. The cattle industry—besides the fact that there's a lot of cruel things happening—the manure is extremely toxic."
Thankfully, the Meatless Monday movement is becoming more popular and many people are participating and working to make the world a better place. Edelstein encourages people to continue down that path, and eventually move on to going meatless two days a week.
“That makes such an enormous impact for the whole world that it's really valuable for everyone,” she said. “So I'm just trying to push that campaign forward—with my body, apparently."
There’s nothing wrong with that! It’s important for people to see the positive effects of living a healthy and compassionate lifestyle.
Edelstein isn’t the only celebrity living compassionately. Over the past few years more and more celebrities are teaming up with PETA to promote vegetarian eating, such as Alicia Silverstone, Paul McCartney, Casey Affleck, Joaquin Phoenix, Kevin Nealon, Forest Whitaker, and Emily Deschanel. The list will continue to grow.
For more information, please visit www.peta.com.
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