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Veganism is healthy choice

Dear Editor:This letter is in regard to the article by Alison Berkley titled “You are what you don’t eat” (Dec. 1). Although I would agree that people who are obsessive-compulsive about their diets are annoying, being vegan is a healthy and humane lifestyle choice. Not only has the consumption of meat been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, asthma and impotence it is also environmentally destructive and demonstrates a lack of compassion for other living beings.Most meat consumed in the United States is produced in large factory farms. The waste products from the animals contributes to air and water pollution. According to the website “Farmed animals produce about 130 times as much excrement as the entire human population of the United States.That’s a lot of s***. Since these farms don’t have sewage treatment facilities, that waste ends up polluting the water and soil. People who are unfortunate enough to live in the vicinity of one of these farms suffer from severe respiratory problems due to excessive amounts of hydrogen sulfide gas in the air. Hydrogen sulfide is toxic and high doses can lead to death.In addition to being a healthy choice for the environment and for ourselves, veganism promotes a more peaceful and just society. It is easy to disassociate ourselves from the killing and destruction that happens on a factory farm when we walk into a well-lit supermarket to purchase a nicely wrapped, sterilized package of meat. But every time someone buys a steak, he or she is buying into violence. If human beings want a more compassionate world, then we will stop eating meat.In addition, I would like to say that I have been vegan for almost three years and I have never felt happier or healthier. I don’t drink or smoke, and I’ve never had an affair with the UPS man (not that it hasn’t crossed my mind).Aspen AluGrand Junction