Climate change is not the only problem that arises from meat production. The consumption of meat also has many underlying health issues, including increase risk of heart disease. In a study of 6,500 people in China, it was found that those that followed a more plant-based diet were at a lower risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer than their meat-eating counterparts (Los Angeles Times, 1992).
A common misconception towards vegan and other plant-based diets is that vegan do not receive enough protein. However, there are many protein-rich foods that are not meat. Leafy greens, beans, nuts, and many other vegan foods contain all the vital nutrients required for a healthy diet, including calcium (Miami Times, 2015).