6 Great Vegetable Grilling Recipes Just in time for Fourth of July! What does vegetarianism have to do with living a greener lifestyle? Animal based foods require excessive amounts of resources to raise and are often fed antibiotic lace, non-vegetarian diets. Often they are cruelly warehoused and treated. Their waste can find its way into local water systems and cows emit a significant amount of greenhouse gases. Really! A plant-based diet is increasingly being recognized as one that will reduce your risks of dying from heart disease, diabetes and cancer. I'm not there yet, but making my way, currently I eat poultry and fish, though sparingly. It's difficult to make that final move when you have a carnivorous male teen in the house!