The above problem can be solved easily enough by quitting meat outright, but unfortunately this solution does little to address an even greater health crisis. While your vegetarian or vegan diet should keep you hale and happy the rest of your life, chances are good that your neighbor's diet won't. In fact, if your neighbor is anything like the typical American, he or she averages three hamburgers and four orders of french fries every week. A lifetime of fast food inevitably catches up with everyone, and unfortunately for taxpayers, the ill effects often kicks in about the same time as Medicare. Moderate meat eaters and vegetarians may enjoy longer lives, but they also must pay taxes longer as well. And at an estimated annual cost of 123 billion dollars a year, the high cost of treating meat-related diseases means it's not only the meat consuming Americans who are eating shit.

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For more information on the relationship between meat consumption, health care, and high taxes, visit the PETA site

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