There's a very good documentary that came out maybe a year or so ago called Forks Over Knives that proposes that most "Western" diseases of excess can be reduced or eliminated with a plant-based diet. (And diabetes is on the list.) I know this flies in the face of conventional wisdom that says that for some—even many—conditions, a high-fat, animal-protein based, ketogenic diet is one of them. For instance, I'm not about to argue with my friend in California who's treating his epileptic son with such a diet.
However, when you consider that Asian people who were basically free of heart disease, cancer, and most degenerative diseases are now developing a Western-style disease profile now that their diet is changing from a plant-based one to one that's heavy in meat and dairy, you have to question the wisdom of such a system. Large-scale animal production also causes many environmental problems that would simply not be present if the land were used for growing plants to feed directly to people, rather than to feed to animals who are fed to people.
There's a documentary called Vegucated which follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers when they agree to give up meat and dairy for six weeks:
I realize most people aren't inclined to change, but I just wanted to put this out there. We can't continue expanding animal production, especially in the regions of Asia and South America where they formerly ate a plant-based diet. I know that only about 3% of all people in the world are vegan, but that number has to change, or we as a species will die out, and sooner than later. Maybe that's a good thing.
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