Vegetarian Quotes - for fun, information & inspiration

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I hope you enjoy this short collection of vegetarian quotes. May they inspire you!

General quotes on being vegetarian

"If I had had to be my own cook, I should inevitably become a vegetarian." - 1839, F.A. Kemble, Jrnl. Residence on Georgian Plantation (1863) 251

"Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet." - Albert Einstein

"I've been doing it so long, I find it quite easy. [...] I feel great all the time. If you don't feel great, you're doing something wrong." - Ed Begley, Jr.

Vegetarian quotes - human treatment of animals
These vegetarian quotes ask some very real questions - should we be treating animals better?

"Health. My own, and the planet's. And, of course, humanitarian reasons. The days of having to kill an animal to survive are long gone. [...] I believe in the rights of all creatures. If we needed to kill to survive, we have and we would, as do many creatures in the wild. But that need no longer be the way we live. In striking a balance between our needs and the needs of the many other species with whom we share this earth, the balance is way out of whack. We treat many other animals as if they are merely 'resources' or 'spare parts'. They are living, breathing, feeling creatures that need to be accorded some measure of respect." - Ed Begley, Jr.

"We all love animals. So, why do we call some 'pets' and others 'dinner?'" - K.D. Lang, singer

"As custodians of the planet, it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness." - Richard Gere

"I point out that a live cow makes a lion salivate, whereas a human just wants to say 'moo' and see if the cow responds" - Scott Adams, author and vegetarian

"I don't think that I'm so important that an animal has to die every time I want to eat." - Taj Mihelich, freestyle BMX vet

Vegetarian quotes - overall health benefits of vegetarian diets
These vegetarian quotes tell us of the health benefits of vegetarianism and the corresponding health dangers of meat-eating.

"There's no question that largely vegetarian diets are as healthy as you can get. The evidence is so strong and overwhelming and produced over such a long period of time that it's no longer debatable." - Marion Nestle, chair of the nutrition department at New York University

"Medical studies report that vegetarians are healthier, have less disease, need less doctor visits and less medication and live longer!" - Dr Richard Schulze, natural healer and herbalist

"A diet rich in fruits and vegetables plays a role in reducing the risk of all the major causes of illness and death" - Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

"According to a long-term study carried out by the German Cancer Research Center, vegetarians have a dramatically lowered mortality risk. 100 deaths to be statistically expected in the age group of study participants are matched by only 59 real deaths in vegetarians." - taken from

"It is the position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada that appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. [......] This position paper reviews the current scientific data related to key nutrients for vegetarians, including protein, iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B-12, vitamin A, n-3 fatty acids and iodine. A vegetarian, including vegan, diet can meet current recommendations for all of these nutrients. In some cases, use of fortified foods or supplements can be helpful in meeting recommendations for individual nutrients. Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer." - Abstract of the "Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada: Vegetarian diets", June 2003, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association

Vegetarian quotes - protective benefits of vegetarian diets against various serious diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke

"The science base is very strong that fruits and vegetables are protective for all the gastrointestinal cancers and all the smoking-related cancers." - Tim Byers, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.

"Fiber has a beneficial effect in preventing colon cancer." - David Jenkins, a fiber expert at the University of Toronto

"Men who eat red meat as a main dish five or more times a week have four times the risk of colon cancer of men who eat red meat less than once a month." - Edward Giovannucci of Harvard Medical School

"The evidence is quite consistent that red meat is associated with a higher risk of colon - and possibly prostate - cancer." - Lawrence Kushi of the University of Minnesota

"A plant-based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease." - Tim Byers, professor of preventive medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver

"The evidence that folic acid reduces the risk of heart disease is pretty strong. [...] And fruits and vegetables are a major source of folic acid." - Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health

"There's a lot of evidence that fruits and vegetables are beneficial for reducing the risk of stroke." - Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Vegetarian quotes - unhealthy effects of eating meat

"Ground beef is the most likely source of E. coli O157:H7, poultry carry Salmonella and Campylobacter, and the consumption of raw shellfish has caused infection with Vibrio vulnificus," - David Swerdlow of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta

"The average American eats over: (12) three thousand pound cows, (6) whole pigs, (3,000) chickens, turkeys and other flying birds, (3,000) fish, sea creatures and sea scavengers and (30,000) quarts of cow's milk in their lifetime. Just imagine all of that dead decaying flesh and tissue going into your mouth, all of it passing through your digestive tract, into your bloodstream, your brain, your heart, and then out through your liver, bowel and kidneys." - Dr Richard Schulze, natural healer and herbalist

Vegetarian quotes - estimated healthcare costs of meat consumption

"The cholesterol and saturated fat in meat is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and six types of cancer. Animal protein is a risk factor for auto-immune disease, kidney disease, and osteoporosis. By estimate in my book 'The Scientific Basis of Vegetarianism', about 1/6 of the almost trillion-dollar yearly U.S. medical bill can be traced to the consumption of animal source food." - Dr William Harris, MD, director of the Kaiser Permanente Vegetarian Lifestyle Clinic in Hawaii, in an oral testimony in Feb 1998 opposing a bill in Hawaii which proposed to float $10million in bonds to support the meat industry

Vegetarian quotes - negative effects of meat eating on the environment
These vegetarian quotes starkly inform us of the devastating effects of meat production on the Earth's environment.

"...the livestock sector emerges as one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." - A 2006 United Nations initiative

"Modern meat production involves intensive use - and often misuse - of grain, water, energy, and grazing areas. [...] Thirty million tons of methane - a gas that contributes to global warming - come from manure in sewage ponds or heaps. [...] For each pound of meat, poultry, eggs, and milk we produce, farm fields lose about five pounds of topsoil. [...] It takes about 390 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. [...] It takes almost ten times more energy to produce and transport livestock than vegetables. [...] About ten percent of the arid West has been turned into a desert by livestock." - Alan Durning, director of Northwest Environment Watch in Seattle

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