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Why Vegetarian?

Tomato soup smileySince Suma was established in 1977 we have only stocked vegetarian foods. Over 30 years later we still sell exclusively vegetarian products and are committed to promoting vegetarianism as an ethical lifestyle choice.
Our premises are a meat free zone, aided by our wonderful vegetarian canteen, which caters for our workers daily. We have some great chefs among us, who make sure our nutritional needs are met, and appetites satisfied. They transform our beliefs into delicious lunches, helping to make Suma the vegetarian haven it is known for. Not everyone who works at Suma is a vegetarian, but meat – avoiding is a belief held by many. Just by cutting down on your meat consumption and making sure it’s sourced locally can be good for your health and the planet we share.

Why do we practise vegetarianism?

We are against poverty and human suffering

750 million people suffer from hunger. Over 4 million will die this year. One third of the world’s grain is used to feed farmed animals, which in turn becomes dinner for meat eat eaters in the western world. If all of this grazing land was turned to agriculture and used to grow crops, rather than produce sausages, burgers and steaks, it would be enough to feed the world’s entire population. A typical western meat-based diet can only feed 2.5 billion people: a plant-based diet will feed every one of us.

We want a sustainable future for people and our planet

Rearing livestock causes enormous amounts of pollution and the meat industry is one of the biggest contributors to climate change. It produces greenhouse gases that exacerbate global warming. Whereas leaving valuable rainforest intact, or growing plants that naturally absorb carbon dioxide, can help maintain our ozone layer. Adopting a vegetarian diet can save about 1 tonne of CO2 emissions a year compared with a similar meat-eating regime. The farmed animal industry also puts a serious strain on global water supply, and in America alone 50% of water consumed goes towards raising animals for food. This water is already in demand by millions who face drought and suffer from water shortages. This will become critical as more people embrace a western diet. It is estimated that you save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.

We care about animal welfare

We are against any animal suffering, whether it is caused by intensive farming methods, animal testing, or simply the idea of an animal dying so that we may benefit. We believe you can eat a healthy, balanced diet, without sacrificing the life of a living creature.

We believe in eating a healthy diet

Vegetarian diets are low in cholesterol and saturated fat, compared to diets consisting largely of meat and animal products. Meat consumption is linked to a variety of health problems including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. We think that by cutting out meat you can improve your chances of living a long and active life.

Vegetarian food is delicious and nutritious!

Vegetarian food is not just about finding replacements for meat, but combining natural wholesome foods and flavours. People often find once they become vegetarian they welcome an abundance of undiscovered foodstuffs in to their diet. Tofu, tempeh, buckwheat, miso, quinoa, polenta and a variety of beans, pulses and vegetables to name a few.
People are already aware of the need to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day to make sure they get enough vitamins and nutrients. With a vegetarian diet you can make sure you are constantly fueling your body with the health-giving nutrients it needs.

For great sites and resources on vegetarianism and veganism see below:

Vegetarian societywww.vegsoc.org/
The Vegetarian Society is a registered charity committed to promoting the health, environmental and animal welfare benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Vegan societywww.vegansociety.com/
The world’s first vegan society. Provides fact sheets on topics including nutrition and health.

Viva believes the most powerful action you can take to end animal suffering, improve your health, protect the environment and bring fairness to the world’s poor is to stop eating meat, dairy and fish. Viva! campaigns to end animal suffering.

Vege Kidswww.veggiekids.org.uk
The one-stop shop for young veggies or vegans — and their parents and carers! Here you can find fab lunchbox suggestions, seek answers to FAQs, try out tasty recipes and look at healthy eating advice suitable for the whole family.

The vegetarian and vegan foundationwww.vegetarian.org.uk
The Vegetarian & Vegan Foundation – or VVF – is a registered charity. It was set up to monitor and to explain the increasing amount of scientific research linking diet to health – providing accurate information on which to make informed choices.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.

Go vegwww.goveg.com
Your source for great-tasting vegan and vegetarian recipes, information on all aspects of vegan and vegetarian living and news about PETA’s campaigns to stop animal cruelty.

Guardian 10-10www.guardian.co.uk/environment/10-10
The Guardians 10:10 climate campaign area, encouraging people to reduce their carbon emissions by 10%, including information on how reducing your meat in take can achieve this.

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