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Bill Gates went vegan. Beef uses 150 times the water, 200 times the land, 160 times the emissions of legumes per protein calorie. Reasons why I did not eat meat for 20 years and no dairy for 12 years (12% of millennials have already given up meat in America):

The Survival of Humanity Argument

Veganism reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which is key to preventing ocean acidification.  If the ocean is too acidic, plankton dies and with that 50-80% of the oxygen we breathe is gone, making life impossible ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/gwKRRDiX3nc

The Hunger Argument

Number of people worldwide who will die as a result of malnutrition this year: 20 million 
Number of people who could be adequately fed using land freed if Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%: 100 million 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by people: 20 
Percentage of corn grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 80 
Percentage of oats grown in the U.S. eaten by livestock: 95 
Percentage of protein wasted by cycling grain through livestock: 90 
How frequently a child dies as a result of malnutrition: every 2.3 seconds 
Pounds of potatoes that can be grown on an acre: 40,000 
Pounds of beef produced on an acre: 250 
Percentage of U.S. farmland devoted to beef production: 56 
Pounds of grain and soybeans needed to produce a pound of edible flesh from feedlot beef: 16

The Heart Disease Argument

Vegans have lowest rate of heart disease and low fat low sugar vegan diets have been used extensively by many doctors to reverse heart disease in patients ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/5VAwFvKttav.

The Diabetes Argument 

Vegans have the lowest diabetes rates ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/VLnN7mYbYnM.  See in this post how to reverse diabetes with a vegan diet.

The Obesity Argument

Vegans are the only group with a healthy BMI, body-mass index on average, being the thinnest group of all.  With 2 billion people overweight, it is essential for people to think about going vegan ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/FKuTRJFy5tD.

The Alzheimer and Dementia Argument

Vegans are 2-3 times less likely to get dementia and Alzheimer compared to meat eaters ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/eD2Sa4Qz57V.

The Osteoporosis Argument

Studies show that countries with highest milk consumption have highest osteoporosis ►   https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/N29AnqZKfex.  Kale, greens, oranges, broccoli, spinach, beans, lentils are good sources of calcium. 

The Environmental Argument

Cause of global warming: greenhouse effect 
Primary cause of greenhouse effect: carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels 
Fossil fuels needed to produce meat-centered diet vs. a meat-free diet: 3 times more 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil lost to date: 75 
Percentage of U.S. topsoil loss directly related to livestock raising: 85 
Number of acres of U.S. forest cleared for cropland to produce meat-centered diet: 260 million 
Amount of meat imported to U.S. annually from Central and South America: 300,000,000 pounds 
Percentage of Central American children under the age of five who are undernourished: 75 
Area of tropical rainforest consumed in every quarter-pound of rainforest beef: 55 square feet 
Current rate of species extinction due to destruction of tropical rainforests for meat grazing and other uses: 1,000 per year

The Cancer Argument

Increased risk of breast cancer for women who eat meat daily compared to less than once a week: 3.8 times 
For women who eat eggs daily compared to once a week: 2.8 times 
For women who eat butter and cheese 2-4 times a week: 3.25 times 
Increased risk of fatal ovarian cancer for women who eat eggs 3 or more times a week vs. less than once a week: 3 times 
Increased risk of fatal prostate cancer for men who consume meat, cheese, eggs and milk daily vs. sparingly or not at all: 3.6 times.

The Waste Argument

Animal agriculture produces millions of pounds of waste daily in America alone.  A 2500 cow farm produces more poop than the city of Minneapolis (almost half a million people).  This has to be gotten rid of.  It can be infested with mad cow disease at times, swine flu, bird flu perhaps if not beef.

The Cholesterol Argument

Number of U.S. medical schools: 125 
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30 
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours 
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack 
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds 
Average U.S. man's risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent 
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent 
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent 
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent 
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl 
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent

The Natural Resources Argument

User of more than half of all water used for all purposes in the U.S.: livestock production 
Amount of water used in production of the average cow: sufficient to float a destroyer 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of wheat: 25 
Gallons of water needed to produce a pound of California beef: 5,000 
Years the world's known oil reserves would last if every human ate a meat-centered diet: 13 
Years they would last if human beings no longer ate meat: 260 
Calories of fossil fuel expended to get 1 calorie of protein from beef: 78 
To get 1 calorie of protein from soybeans: 2 
Percentage of all raw materials (base products of farming, forestry and mining, including fossil fuels) consumed by U.S. that is devoted to the production of livestock: 33 
Percentage of all raw materials consumed by the U.S. needed to produce a complete vegetarian diet: 2

The Antibiotic Argument

Percentage of U.S. antibiotics fed to livestock: 55 
Percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin in 1960: 13 
Percentage resistant in 1988: 91 
Response of European Economic Community to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: ban 
Response of U.S. meat and pharmaceutical industries to routine feeding of antibiotics to livestock: full and complete support

The Pesticide Argument

Common belief: U.S. Department of Agriculture protects our health through meat inspection 
Reality: fewer than 1 out of every 250,000 slaughtered animals is tested for toxic chemical residues 
Percentage of U.S. mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 99 
Percentage of U.S. vegetarian mother's milk containing significant levels of DDT: 8 
Contamination of breast milk, due to chlorinated hydrocarbon pesticides in animal products, found in meat-eating mothers vs. non-meat eating mothers: 35 times higher 
Amount of Dieldrin ingested by the average breast-fed American infant: 9 times the permissible level

The Ethical Argument

Number of animals killed for meat per hour in the U.S.: 660,000 
Occupation with highest turnover rate in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker 
Occupation with highest rate of on-the-job-injury in U.S.: slaughterhouse worker

The Survival Argument

Athlete to win Ironman Triathlon more than twice: Dave Scott (6 time winner) 
Food choice of Dave Scott: Vegetarian 

The Fear-Stress Hormones Argument

When animals suffer for seconds/minutes during the sudden slaughter death, they release stress-fear hormones that age and sicken usgoo.gl/yxY4h. Fear hormones as well as astral vibrations that contaminate their flesh also prompt us into human-human conflict more often; we and animals share a lot of hormonal pathways, as neuroscience shows. Bill Clinton is vegan (goo.gl/0NjdS) and so are some CEOs (http://goo.gl/7laCI). Gandhi, Tesla, Edison, Einstein, Newton, DaVinci were vegetarian: goo.gl/IMJQJ

The Amazon and other Key Forests Argument

Rainfall and preventing desertification is achieved thru a complex hydrologic cycle that involves forests.  If we wipe out all forests, we are in big trouble, since forests generate 20-50% of the oxygen we breath and ensure we get rain.  Beef uses 160 times more land and 200 times more water per calorie than wheat, lentils, beans, potatoes do. Beef requires 28 times more land and 11 times more water than chicken and pork ► http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/21/giving-up-beef-reduce-carbon-footprint-more-than-cars.   If people go vegan or just without beef, you help save lots of water and forests.  

ESP-Telepathy Argument

It has been noticed that telepathy and other ESP functions become enhanced when meat is given up ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/UuoSukYzycu.  See also the telepathy and biophotons connection ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/1e7bYQEWmsa.  The MIT paper on biophotons in fresh fruits and veggies ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/ef6UA8yGtLk

Space Exploration Argument

How can astronauts go in space and raise cattle on their spaceship to get to Alpha Centauri?  lol.  You got to be kidding me.  The nice thing about veganism is that with vertical urban farms, people can get local food (fresh - picked up 2 hours before, thus very rich in biophotons) easily in any area and Earth can thus feed 50 billion vegans easily.  Going off-planet is a lot easier too when there are more scientists/engineers working on space travel, terra forming planets, etc.  Creating perfect weather, eliminating deaths from natural disasters, etc all these things require a lot of science.  

The Longevity Argument

Vegetarians and vegans were shown to live 7-12 years longer than non-vegetarians (take your B12 or a normal vitamin pill with B12 in it, as it's scarce in vegan foods and get B12 even if you eat meat and are over 50, because animal foods B12 is harder to assimilate as people age).  The Longest living people in North America are the vegetarian Adventists in Loma Linda, who reach 105 often.  Here is a Loma Linda doctor (I talked to him) who did surgeries at 95: http://goo.gl/MQqn3, after decades of being vegan.  This shows meat is not needed for longevity.  Mahatma Gandhi was vegetarian, just like 500 million people in India today and Albert Einstein, Leonardo DaVinci, Nikola Tesla, Isaac Newton, Pythagoras.  Did you know India is the most vegetarian country in the world?  :)  RED MEAT CAUSES CANCERhttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11316316/Red-meat-triggers-toxic-immune-reaction-which-causes-cancer-scientists-find.html

The Flu and other Diseases Argument

Without incredibly toxic and filthy factory farms, there will be no frequent epidemics of swine flu, bird flu, mad cow disease, etc.

The Poop Argument

There is fecal matter in virtually all American beef according to Consumer Reports ► http://www.inquisitr.com/2368247/all-ground-beef-in-the-us-is-contaminated-with-fecal-matter-according-to-consumer-reports/.  Also much of chicken meat has poop in it ► http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kathy-freston/chicken-contamination_b_1655170.html

The IQ Argument

It's been noted that people with higher IQ are far more likely to give up meat.  "Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”  Einstein. On a similar note he stated, “Our task must be to [widen] our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” And on the day he became a vegetarian, Einstein wrote in his diary, “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.”  For more quotes on giving up meat from world's most amazing people, see this post ► https://plus.google.com/+AlexP/posts/CapnTqw8Xix

The Renal Acid Load Score Argument

Vegans have a much lower renal acid load score, which prevents a series of health issues.  The United States Department of Agriculture has come up with the PRAL (Potential Renal Acid Load) Chart to help people prevent ingestion of acid forming foods, which then lead to chronic secretion of ammonia in the kidneys, and damage to kidneys and other organs.  Most raw fruits and raw veggies are alkaline forming.  All meats and grains are acid forming.  Most legumes are alkaline forming.  Foods can be categorized by the potential renal acid loads (PRALs). The best foods are those with negative PRALs, see the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) table here for each food (per 100 grams)http://www.alkalisinggreens.com/files/pdf/PRAL-List.pdf or you can search 8000 foods for the PRAL score at http://health-diet.us/alkaline-diet/ (human milk has negative PRAL, like alkaline forming foods do).  Our renal acid load for overall diet should be negative according to many doctors and nutrition experts. :) Chronic acidosis can lead to lots of diseases, even more acne breakouts which are far more common in people ingesting foods with high PRAL.  There are lots of papers published about PRAL, for example ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7797810.  Alkaline diet benefits study ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/.  High acid forming or  positive PRAL diets lead to calcium stones too ► http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11223695 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24002043.  For more databases of foods and their content see http://foodhealth.info/.  Vegans need B12 vitamin from a multivitamin or B12 fortified foods, even vegetarians need it and meat eaters after the age of 50, as the body cannot produce it well anymore.  :)  Costs 2$ a year to get B12 vitamin.  

The Telomere Length Argument

After a low fat whole plant foods vegan diet (the Ornish diet), Nobel Prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn found that telomerase activity increased by 30% in 3 months (telomerase helps us live longer by repairing the end of our chromosomes) ► http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/ornish-diet-heart-health-us-news_n_1188205.html

Eye health (more carotenoids), bone health, Heart health (higher magnesium intake) and other reasons (57 reasons) ► http://www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/
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According to reports, QuantumScape is working on batteries that run on solid-state electrolytes rather than the liquid lithium-ion batteries that are currently standard in the industry (including VW’s existing models). Solid-state electrolytes may be less vulnerable to fire risk than liquid ones, it said. Viability tests are due to be completed by mid-2015, it said.
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On the one hand, Corey was a jerk. On the other hand, he was pretty much the entire contractors team up until their final challenge. Meh.

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