Millions of people around the world live without meat or fish and they probably each have their own reasons for doing so.
However, most vegetarians would agree that:
It’s better for animals. Around two million land animals are slaughtered every day in the UK alone, just so that people can eat their flesh.
It’s more sustainable. Growing grains and pulses to feed to animals is much less efficient than eating them ourselves. The livestock industry uses huge amounts of land, water and fossil fuels, while producing 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and all sorts of other pollution.
It’s a healthy option. A balanced vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest diets around.
Many religions and faiths recommend vegetarianism and some people turn away from eating animal flesh because of broader ethical issues. A vegetarian diet can also be one of the cheapest ways to eat well.
Whatever your reasons, going – and staying – vegetarian is a positive life choice.
Find out how to make the change on our Go Veggie pages.