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Paul Ryan’s Speechwriter Is A Vegan Animal Rights Activist

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If you’ve listened to any politician speak lately, you may have heard the new buzz phrase, “humane economy” and wondered what exactly that might mean. You might be surprised to learn that for several Republican politicians -- including George W. Bush, Sarah Palin and 2012 Vice President candidate Paul Ryan -- this catchphrase, among others, was given by animal rights and vegan extremist Matthew Scully, a seasoned speechwriter in Washington, D.C.

Now I’m not saying Bush, Palin or Ryan are sympathetic to the animal rights and vegan agenda. Bush enjoys his rustic lifestyle on his ranch in Texas, Palin likes to hunt and fish in the Alaskan wilderness and Ryan is an avid bow hunter. My guess is they aren’t aware or didn’t really care that their speechwriter has ties to an extremist group of folks who would be happy if animal products were eliminated from the American dinner table and if farmers and ranchers were put out of business.

According to The DC Social Reader, “Scully wrote a book arguing for the better treatment of animals called ‘Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy.’ Raised Catholic like Ryan, Scully believes that The Bible’s injunction for man to ‘have dominion’ over other species requires us treat all living things with respect, and extends that philosophy to the point of personally abstaining from eating meat, dairy and other animal products.”

Scully has the power to be a voice of the movement by being the mouthpiece for powerful politicians in Washington, D.C. However, Ryan isn’t a pushover for the extremist animal rights movement. Despite hiring a vegan speechwriter, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS) isn’t impressed with Ryan’s track record.

Michael Markarian, president of the HSUS legislative fund, blogs, “Ryan’s record on animal welfare has been mixed. While he has supported some animal protection policies, he has opposed others, and has never exhibited leadership on the issues. His ratings on the annual Humane Scorecard have been 50% for the 106th Congress; 20% for the 108th Congress; 28% for the 109th Congress; 17% for the 110th Congress; 13% for the 111th Congress; and 13% for the first session of the 112th Congress. Those numbers are moving in the wrong direction, and that’s been a growing concern of ours.”

The next time you listen to a campaign speech, try to read between the lines. Promises from both sides are being made as the 2012 presidential election comes to a head. Another four years of Obama’s regulatory administration could be disastrous for America’s farmers and ranchers, but a vegan in the henhouse could be a dangerous mix, as well.

Now is the time to speak with your elected officials about issues pertaining to the beef industry. Let them know how their decisions are impacting your livelihood and stress to them the importance of preserving the great American agricultural heritage. Our future depends on it.

Discuss this Blog Entry 53

Gabby s. (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2012

You call someone who thinks animals should be treated humanely before becoming our food is extreme? You all are so out of touch. Most of America would agree with him.

Nicole B. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Hi Gabby, treating animals with respect and care is what farms do. The livestock community provides high-caliber animal care practices each and every day. Farmers' commitment to top-notch animal care that features nutritious diets, healthy living conditions, and good medical care are among the many animal welfare practices.

But this quality care isn't what animal rights extremists are about. They want animals to be equal to people. They want them to be considered human.

In this case, the lead is buried.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Amen!
John Dykers

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Nicole B you're out of touch. Extremest don't expect animals to ever have equal rights at humans. I bet if you asked most 'animal extremests if there was a kid and a dog in the train tracks who would that save, I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be the dog. Therefore animals will never be equal to humans at least in my life time. Anyways you're dead wrong about treating your animals with care. Maybe you're discussing ethical farmers who actually do care about the way their animals are treated. However, honey that is few and far between. The majority of animals that are raised for food in this nation live a extremely horrible existence. Try reading. For example animals are raped with broom sticks, turkeys are thrown by their necks and smashed into the ground, they live is such small places they can't turn around. It has nothing to do with being the same, all it has to do with is respect. NOT MONEY!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Sorry, your beliefs are wrong. Not sure where you get your facts about vegans. PETA commercials or something?

The point isn't making animals "equal to people". The point is that we aren't cavemen anymore. Animal agriculture isn't necessary for human survival; the industry is archaic and no matter how much you try to make yourself and others believe in the "quality care" spin, it doesn't fool anybody who has actually been inside a slaughterhouse or who've seen how veal is "produced", etc. No matter how much you try, you can't make animals into the efficient machines you'd like them to be. There are becoming ways to create simpler versions of what you're doing, but without the enormous cost, waste, and amount of blood loss.

I'm sure horse and buggy makers were mad at the inventors and supporters of cars, VHS tape manufacturers were up in arms about DVDs; there were probably town hall meetings and offline forums just like this talking about how extremist and crazy the supporters of these newfangled things were and how to thwart them...

Spencer (not verified)
on Sep 11, 2012

Most animals (billions) are not treated with respect and care at all, but even with those who are, like on small farms, it is morally wrong to slaughter and consume them. The fact that some animals are treated "humanely," and even "loved," is not justification to exploit them for trivial reasons such as gustatory pleasure -- since a plant-based diet is is perfectly adequate to meet our nutritional and hedonistic needs.

I encourage readers to consider the following post on the wrongs of so-called "Happy Meat": http://animalblawg.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/whats-wrong-with-happy-meat/

Chris Pecar (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

This is ridiculous we have huge problems in this country. I can't believe this is even printed here. I really don't think vegans are a threat to your cows or mine what is a threat is a democratic party who would prefer we just give our product to the masses instead of trying to make any evil profit from it.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

I have owned and operated a vertically integrated beef production system, from cow-calf to feeding out to our own meat processing plant to retail sales, and treating our animals humanely is good business all the way to the plate! If a beef animal is frightened before slaughter instead of having a quick, quiet death, the steak will be tougher. We process our animals one at a time and keep their finished cuts identified so that even the ground beef we can trace the pedigree for multiple generations. One of our concepts is to walk the animals to slaughter through a CO2 chamber so they will just faint. I give this idea to anyone who will develope it, as I am retired now and don't have sufficient risk captial for my old age!
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Brandt Hardin (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2012

The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-und... The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!

Joe Hurt - Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Be careful about what and who you belive, check out http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/incometaxandtheirs/a/whopaysmost.htm

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

The election has already been bought with borrowed money secured by the taxpayers of the USA and risked by savers all over the world who have worked and scrimped to do the saving. Their investment in US Treasuries will evaporate in political currency inflation. It is equally true that income disparity has been the result of dishonest collussion between the banks and corporations and Congress and the real estate underwater fiasco has destroyed the glue of the middle class and civilization is at risk. These are the conditions that foment revolution. Ask the Romanoffs!
Obama is as certain of reelection in 2012 as FDR was in 1936. And neither party has offered any plan for improved function and governance, just a plan to get elected and back at the public trough. Their shock will be as they preside over the next great depression or even worse, over stagflation.
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Terry Ward (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2012

Now this is funny.
I didn't think you guys had a sense of humor.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2012

I heard that Dominion: "The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and The Call to Mercy" is a good book. I don't see anything wrong with veganism. When the public starts switching to a plant-based diet, farms and ranchers can preserve their livelyhoods by raising plant-based foods instead of animal-based foods. A healthy food industry is one that is able to adapt to social trends.

Veganism isn't radical. The latest Gallop poll on the subject indicates that 7 percent of Americans don't eat meat (http://www.gallup.com/poll/156215/Consider-Themselves-Vegetarians.aspx?u...).

Nicole B. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Hi Vlad,

How is the 7% forcing the values and beliefs on the 90% not radical?

You can have your beliefs and follow them, but that doesn't mean the whole system needs to change because of your views.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

Hey Nicole,

You haven't established that all 7% of U.S. vegans and vegetarians are forcing their values and beliefs on the other 90%. Also, what do you mean by "force"?

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

cows eat grass on land to hilly or otherwise unsuitable for row crops. 2 crucial amino acids come from meat and are almost impossible to eat enough veggies to supply. Humans are omnivores.
Johndykersmd@dykers.com

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

It's a false claim to say that vegans and vegetarians are at a disadvantage with regards to obtaining all essential and non-essential amino acids in adequate amounts. Just out of curiosity though, which amino acids do you think vegans have a hard time obtaining.

I would also like to point out that you would not be able to cite a reputable, peer-reviewed study to support the claim that vegans, as a group, do not get enough of any amino acid.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Not all land that is in animal production can be converted to crop production ! We would be in more crop production if that were so. Try planting crops on a hill that when it rains the whole of the hillside would be washed to the bottom because there is not enough ground cover to stop it. That is where we humanely raise our cattle. We must be weird animal producers that the HSUS doesn't understand, because we were in the pasture most of last night making sure our first 3 cows didn't have difficulty calving. New bull and we weren't sure what the birth weights would be. Everybody is up and playing today. Aaahhh new babies, not much cuter to watch when they are getting that 'run around feeling.' Love my farm life and don't any of you uneducated city people try to take it from me and my family !!!!!

4th Generation Ranch Diva (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

So Vlad my family has been ranching the same land for 105 years - previous to us it was tall grass prairie where buffalo roamed. We have soil test results and years of experience which inform us that growing native grass with a little bermuda mixed in is what our land can sustainably do. Our cattle harvest the grass and convert it to beef which you are free to pass up but many others choose to include as part of their balanced diet. Our commitment to the land, the cattle and the wildlife that live on it spans 5 generations of my family. That said, I am always interested in hearing what folks on the outside looking in think would be a better use of our resources. If you have the background knowledge to intelligently suggest and alternate use for our land I am "all ears". Though I think without realizing it you have already hit the nail on the head "farms and ranchers can preserve their livelyhoods by raising plant-based foods instead of animal-based foods". As I said the crop that we sustainably raise is grass. Unless you know of a better use for grass, I'll keep letting my cattle harvest and convert it. Respectfully, 4RD

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

My point was that the food industry will need to adapt to a population that will be eating fewer animals; it's a matter of shifting demographic trends.

JC (not verified)
on Sep 4, 2012

There are many reasons why the number of vegans has doubled in the US in less than 3 years. Here are two uplifting videos to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE and http://www.veganvideo.org/.

Randy (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

My diet is threatening to you and extremist? Did you know we could feed the hungry all around the world with the food we feed animals? Did you know instead of feeding a cow 16 units of food for 1 unit of food we could feed starving humans? I'm sorry I care enough to change that. I'm sorry I think that is wrong and immoral.

Ed (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

No human can eat grass and weed leaves and convert it to nutrition. You'll starve. Grass fed bovine, caprine and others don't truly compete with us with their natural diet.

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

don;t forget to prevent pregnancy when you are solving the problem of feeding the hungry all over the world. And they most want to finally have a chance to eat good meat.
johndykersmd@dykers.com

Shawn Walater (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Isn't it amazing how fast the vegan and activist community picks up on articles like this and adds their too cents while we in the industry are slow to chip in.

Gabby, you completely misquoted Amanda -- imagine that. She did not say that "someone who thinks animals should betreated humanely before becoming our food is extreme". She said that Scully "extends that philosophy to the point of personally abstaining from eating meat, dairy and other animal products"

Also 7% of the public (if that number is even close) does not make something mainstream.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

I didn't see the word "mainstream" until this post. The claim I made was that abstention from eating animals isn't radical.

Greg (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

What does one have to with the other. Nothing!
Bush didn't like brussel sprouts. So what!
Just don't tell me what to do.
I enjoy eating meat and proud of it.

Katie (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

I don't care whether you eat meat or not, and I don't care who writes Paul Ryan's speech. What I care about is freedom of choice - to be able to eat meat or not eat meat. What I don't want people to tell me is that I can't eat a steak because an animal died for it. Things live and die everyday. Animal protein is healthy part of a balanced diet. Eat your plants, abstain from dairy...I don't care if you do, but don't tell me what I can or can't eat. Yes, animals need to be treated humanely - all animals deserve that but it doesn't mean they shouldn't be used at all. Call it "Freedom to eat" if you will but it shouldn't be "Freedom from meat."

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

Why should people honor your request to not speak their mind?

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

As a rancher who lives on a prairie in Kansas (an endangered ecosystem) even if I wanted to I could not plow up my rock based, very hilly prairie to raise plant based foods. It would kill a struggling ecosystem for an unsuccessful effort. My family has ranched for 150 years in this region. We are a small business employing a handful, volunteering in our community and raising children in an area where the local economy depends on ranching. My children learned to work hard at an early age and it is proving them successful in life. I believe the product we produce (beef) and the lifestyle we live is valuable. I wish more people could bring up children in this small-town environment where animals are at the center of our economic, social and emotional well-being and truly understand it. 100 years ago 90% of our society was connected to agriculture. Today that is only 10%...

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Therenis nothing extreme about abstaining from meat. When your moral decisions are clouded by your livlihood eloss of credibility is on your part. Industry does not always die, sometimes they change. To be threatened by a vegan employee of the possible VP is alot more extreme.

Neal (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

There is a difference between vegetarian and vegan but not eating meat could be either. My son is vegetarian and my daughter is mostly so, and is raising her daughter to eat less meat.

I eat meat and I raise beef, lamb, and goat on a mixed herd farm. If the animals weren't there to harvest the grass, etc. it would either have horses or nothing on it. They are not eating any food that people would eat otherwise. I raise them low input because I want to and I believe it is more sustainable. Not all animals consumed by people are using resources that would otherwise be feeding people.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

You raise "beef, lamb and goat"? Amazing how you've completely removed the identity of the individual beings and reduced them to commodities. The language in previous posts is also telling: "What I don't want people to tell me is that I can't eat a steak because an animal died for it. Things live and die everyday." "Things" die??? Dead flesh is consumed because the animal "died"? Really? Or was the animal viciously, violently deprived of his or her life through the means of might?

First suggestion is - Those in the animal-killing and animal eating business ought to get their language right starting with using words like "care" and "humane" to represent slaughter. What absolute nonsense!

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 6, 2012

would it sound better to you if he said "I raise James, Lila, and Elizabeth?" And "We waited till it was bloated up on the highway before we ate it?" There's a reason why it is called a sirloin and not roadkill.

on Sep 5, 2012

I find the vegan people interesting; proclaiming how much better for the world life is with solely a plant based diet. First I would suggest that if you’re a vegan to get all facts straight before opening your mouth in the words of Lincoln “It’s better to be thought of a fool, than open your mouth and remove all doubt.” Second I suggest reading a article from time magazine a “Does Organic Food Turn You Into A Jerk” not just for the organic crowd, but the vegetarian/ vegan crowd this applies. I’m sorry because you have a guilt complex in your life does not mean that you need to impose it upon the rest of the world. Yes you have an opinion on how to live your life and that’s great, however spreading the word like it’s the gospel truth without having the proper non biased scientific facts then to an educated person you sound like a Fool! Words that I live by listen to both sides learn all facts from a credible non biased source, then make a decision, but allow others to make their own, “The words of the minority should be heard, but the actions of the Majority should be used.

Anonymous omnivore (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

For those that farm or that have any clue about farming or ranching, they know that not all land is suitable for growing crops. There is a reason that some land is used for animals and some for crops. It is not possible to magically change the topography or soil composition of a huge area in order to make it suitable for crops. Look at the hills in southern Missouri and Illinois. The land there is used for what it can sustain, cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens. It is not flat enough nor is the soil (especially in Missouri) suitable for crops. The idea that we should cease all animal production and use the land for crops to feed the world is not possible.

I am not a farmer or a rancher, but I live in the country with these extremely hard working people and I thank them every chance I get because without them our country would be in a worse economic situation and my plate would be empty of all the foods I love, plant and animal both.

I respect your right to not consume meat but I am beyond tired of hearing how horrible I am from a group that is such a minority. You can be a vegan, I will continue to be an omnivore, as nature intended for humans. I will demand that slaughterhouses treat the animals humanely but I will not support the eradication of animal products for human consumption.

on Sep 5, 2012

The zealots are back. That 7% figure you throw out reminds me of the 10% figure used by the LGBT zealots. As it turned out, that was over exagerated as well (.02%).

I'm take my ribeye medium rare thank you

James (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

The 7% figure comes from a recent Gallup poll, the 10% figure comes from extremely outdated estimates made by Alfred Kinsey. The two are not even remotely comparable.

Also your new prevalence statistics for homosexuality are way off, see: http://www.iub.edu/~kinsey/resources/FAQ.html#homosexuality

John R. Dykers, Jr. (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Thank you Anonymous Omnivore! and Neal.and Katie.and Ed.and Nichole B.
John Dykers

James (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Regardless of the lies perpetuated and repeated, veganism is a dangerous cult diet that leads to malnutriton because meat protein is superior to plant protein. That is a fact, not an opinion. Veganism is especially harmful to young women who need to be building bone mass during their child bearing years. In America a vegan can practise his dangerous game. In America, the healthy meat-eater's God-given fundamental rights should be respected by the radical vegan animal liberation soldiers. Forced giving is a characteristic of Communism. Denying individual rights to own and eat animals is derived from fascism.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

The American Dietetics Association endorses veganism (http://www.eatright.org/about/content.aspx?id=8357)
saying,

"It is the position of the American Dietetic
Association that appropriately
planned vegetarian diets, including
total vegetarian or vegan diets, are
healthful, nutritionally adequate, and
may provide health benefits in the prevention
and treatment of certain diseases.
Well-planned vegetarian diets
are appropriate for individuals during
all stages of the lifecycle, including
pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood,
and adolescence, and for athletes"

The ADA is the United States' largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Is it more likely that you are right and the ADA is wrong? If so, how could that possibly be?

James (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

Animal liberation depends upon good people misunderstanding the full import of their words and positions. The central tenet of animal liberation is the long-ago discredited but recently resurrected notion that animals have some sort human-like ability to feel pain and suffer so as to entitle animals to human rights. 360 years ago Descartes, the father of modern philosophy, discredited such fanciful notions. People of the time also thought the earth was flat. With rights, animals become the equals to humans. We become the companion caretakers of animals we no longer can own or utilize to create jobs to make our families secure and our country wealthy. This is happening in our lifetime, right now, and is a threat to animal agriculture and the heavy industry that agriculture supports. That is the same heavy industry that is essential for every super world power to maintain if it wants to become or remain a world super power.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

The (very) latest scientific consensus is that all "food" animal are conscious - the kind of consciousness that has ethical ramifications. In other words, animals suffer.

http://bigthink.com/think-tank/scientists-give-animals-consciousness

Anonymous Bodybuilder (not verified)
on Sep 5, 2012

" 2 crucial amino acids come from meat and are almost impossible to eat enough veggies to supply ".

Actually, you can easily high levels of all the amino acids in a single meal by say having rice and beans, or peanut butter and bread. But even protein combining has long been disproved:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_combining
where combining in the same meal it is not necessary. Many vegetables also contain all the amino acids such as amaranth, buckwheat, hempseed, soy, quinoa, spirulina while others are just slightly low in one or two which is fine because people don't eat just one vegetable all day every day.

Anonymous (not verified)
on Sep 6, 2012

The logic here is absolute crazy train.

It's the equivalent to saying, "The guy who cuts my neighbor's grass rides a bicycle. My neighbor is influential, therefore we are all in danger of losing our cars."

Batshit crazy. Looney Tunes.

If we're going to be concerned with anything that affects the industry, you should take a look at this
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07fTsF5BiSM&feature=g-all-lik

Anonymous omnivore (not verified)
on Sep 7, 2012

When I was in grade school I read science fiction books. At the time (in the early 70's) some of the stories depicted earth activities that were so foreign to me they were shocking. Some of these have come true and have been good improvements in our way of life but others I hope never come to pass. Two that stuck in my young brain were stories of only being able to see animals in a zoo setting, stuffed in a museum or in photos. Not just dinosaurs, but cats, dogs, birds, etc. In that story there were no living animals other than humans and insects. I remember crying and asking my mom if this could ever come true. The other disturbing story was that all human food came in pills or pouches and none of it was animal based or even plant based, it was all chemical compositions. (Think food replicators in Star Trek).

As an adult, I have the power to slow this process by standing up for the rights of people to continue to eat meat if they choose. The key word is CHOOSE. Once our choices are gone, so is life.

I do not harass, berate or demean those who choose to be vegan or vegetarians. However, once they cross the line and start targeting my choices then the gloves are off. How dare you slam me because I do not enjoy the taste of tofu-turkey, bocca burgers or a completely vegetable diet? If being vegan is so good then why try to make these products taste like the real thing?

If you all really want to be totally animal free then you must also NEVER use the following:

vaccines
medications
most household products
cars

You get the picture. Either you are a TOTAL vegan and refrain from using ANY animal products or you are a fraud.

Steve (not verified)
on Sep 8, 2012

Right on Anonymous omnivore! I also often wonder if vegans realized that plants are also 'live tissue' ....at least that's what I taught in science and plant management. Regardless of diet - humans do the best when eating a balanced diet that includes portions of fruit, veges, and yes meat! This is also been proven with science.

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 9, 2012

Where is the science for this?

The data we have on longevity reveals that vegetarians live longer than animal eaters (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10479225).

If eating animals is justifiable, the justification won't be found in dietetics. We live longer when we don't eat animals.

Steve (not verified)
on Sep 11, 2012

Well vlad, I guess you need to do some research with biology and science sites. Your mind is set so no matter what I give you in data you'll twist it just like saying 'justification won't be found in dietetics'. I wish you the best, I'm not asking you to change your ways just don't force yours on me......and yes over and over humans do the best with a balanced diet with moderation in all food groups. Twist it however you want it's the chemicals our bodies needs comes from what we eat. It's also true we are lucky to have available many sources of those needed chemicals. Have a good day :-)

vlad (not verified)
on Sep 12, 2012

I cited a reputable meta-analysis of five studies on vegan/vegetarian longevity that supports the claim that vegetarians live longer than meat eaters. I haven't "twisted" anything and the fact that I cite my sources shows that my claims are based on evidence; in other words, my mind is not "set so no matter what [data you give me will just be twisted]". You haven't given me any data anyway; just your opinions.

Who is "forcing" anything on you? I simply made a scientific claim and backed it up with scientific data. I assume that people have a justification for what they do. If someone eats meat, I assume they have some sort of justification for it. My argument is that that justification can't be found in the science of dietetics.

Studies on vegetarian diets show them to be healthier than animal-based (carnist) diets. This shouldn't come as a surprise as plant-based foods have no dietary cholesterol or saturated fat plus plant-based diets are lower in calories which causes a decrease in diebetes and obesity.

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