Russian SaladWe encourage the adoption of a plant-based diet for three main reasons: For your health, for the animals, and for the planet. We’ve put together these resources to show how easy it is to go vegan, and to outline the many personal and environmental benefits of eating a plant-based diet:

Health and Nutrition

Vegetarian Starter Kit (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine’s)

This series of articles is a great resource for those interested in eating better for health. Tiitles include The Three-Step Way to Go Vegetarian, Tips for Making the Switch, Achieving and Maintaining a Healthy Weight, Recipes. Other articles cover the benefits to pregnancy and children, and the prevention of diabetes and cancer.

The Animals

Farmed Animals and the Law (Animal Legal Defense Fund)

If you think farmed animals are protected by law, think again. In this brief but information-packed article and video, the Animal Legal Defense Fund identifies some of the more egregious shortcomings of state and federal law when it comes to protecting farmed animals, and relates examples of animal farms' grisly practices. Agriculture’s “industry standards” will shock you.

The Planet

Cowspiracy: Infographic (Animals United Movement A.U.M.)

This graphic illustrates how raising animals for food negatively impacts our planet through deforestation, high water use, depletion of fisheries, species extinction, waste, and pollution. The positive effects of a vegetarian lifestlye are also calculated. One of many eye-opening facts: Animal agriculture has been indicted as the #1 cause of climate change: more so than the transportation industry.

Local Resources

WNY Vegans

Find vegan-friendly restaurants in their local dining guide, helpful tools like recipes and cooking tips, and the latest vegan-related events like meet-ups and guest speakers.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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