Vegetarian Food at Tufts
you are simply interested in adding more plant-based menu items to your
diet or are ready to transition into a full-fledged vegetarian lifestyle,
Tufts Dining has a number of healthy, well-balance vegetarian and vegan
options waiting for you. All whole grains and legumes served in the
Tufts vegetarian lines are organic—even more reason to feel good
about choosing vegetarian.
the practice of not consuming meat. The decision to follow a vegetarian
diet can be made for a variety of reasons, including dietary, environmental,
ethical, religious, economic, and philosophical reasons.
Evidence is mounting that choosing a vegetarian diet has many health
benefits. Incidence of several chronic diseases and conditions such
as certain cancers, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis, heart disease, high
blood pressure, diabetes and food borne illness is reduced in populations
following a vegetarian diet. This may be related to the beneficial vitamin,
mineral, antioxidant, phytochemical and fiber content of plant-based
From a labor standpoint,
those that live near or work on animal factory farms often experience
respiratory problems, skin infections, nausea, depression, and even
death as a result of their exposure to animal-waste pollution.
Animal agriculture has numerous environmental impacts, including air
and water pollution, deforestation, erosion, and the loss of habitat
and wildlife biodiversity. In addition to using large amounts of water
and fossil fuel, the production of animals for consumption is responsible
for some of the highest emissions of harmful gases into our air and
water ways. Waste and by-products created during the raising, slaughtering
and processing of meat animals also contaminate our streams, rivers
and oceans with harmful chemicals and pollutants.
If farmers devoted the land, water, labor, and other resources currently
used for meat production to growing non-meat food, we would be able
to feed many more people using less agricultural land.
is the difference between vegetarianism and veganism?
Veganism is a form of vegetarianism in which the eater avoids all animal
products, including honey, eggs, and dairy-based foods. They also avoid
using non-food products that come from animals, such as leather, wool,
fur, and down, and products that have been tested on animals. A healthy,
balanced plant-based diet is possible whether you choose to avoid all
animal products; avoid poultry, meat & fish while still consuming
eggs and dairy products; or something in between.
diets lack protein?
No. In fact, Americans tend to get too much protein in their diets,
stressing their kidneys and leading the body to excrete calcium, which
can cause osteoporosis. In the past, vegetarians were told to match
up protein sources at every meal to get the right combinations of amino
acids needed for good health. Now we know that our bodies are efficient
at combining amino acids on their own, given that we eat a variety of
proteins throughout the week. Some good non-meat sources of protein
include whole-wheat bread, soy products, oatmeal, beans, peanuts, peas,
nuts, mushrooms, and broccoli.
- 12 million adult
Americans consider themselves vegetarians.
- 72 million animals
are killed for food each day in the United States.
- It takes 20
times more land to feed a meat-eater than to feed a vegetarian.
- It takes 2,500
gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 25 gallons to
produce a pound of wheat.
- 1 acre of land
can produce 20,000 pounds of potatoes. If used to grow cattle feed,
the same piece of land produces less than 165 pounds of beef.
- Meat production
causes 85% of soil erosion and more water pollution than any other
activity in the U.S.
- Animals raised
for food in this country produce 130 times more excrement than humans.
- Factory farms
dump 220 billion gallons of animal waste onto farmland and into waterways
in the U.S. every year. As a result, hog, chicken, and cattle excrement
pollutes 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states and groundwater in 17
- Up to 70% of
all workers in hog barns suffer from bronchitis and other respiratory
illnesses due to the corrosive nature of hog waste.
are 50% less likely to develop heart disease and have a 40% lower
rate of cancer mortality than meat-eaters.
and vegans live an average of 6 to 10 years longer than meat-eaters.
estimates put the cost of health care due to excessive meat consumption
between $60 and $120 billion annually in the U.S.
- Most Americans
get 2 times as much protein as they need.
- In 2004, 24,000
people died every day around the world of chronic, persistent hunger.
Between 600 million and 1 billion people are too poor to meet their
daily nutritional requirements.
- Some estimate
that reducing meat production by just 10% in this country would free
up enough grain to feed 60 million people.
- Animals raised
for food in the U.S. consume 90% of the soy crop, 80% of the corn
crop, and a total of 70% of its grain.
- Animal agriculture
is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gases - responsible for
18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2
equivalents. By comparison, all transportation emits 13.5% of the