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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of meat eating, for the individuals and for the world. Eating steak, pork, lamb, fish, chicken, and duck applies to most human daily lives

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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of meat eating, for the individuals and for the world. Eating steak, pork, lamb, fish, chicken, and duck applies to most human daily lives. However, to what extent the advantages and disadvantages of eating meat influence us? Meat eating not only affects our health; it also has an effect on the environment, the morals, and the economies. Meat contains a rich variety of nutrients like protein, vitamin B, iron and calories. These are important elements which contribute to a healthy body. Nevertheless, consuming too much meat would give a side effect. This could include heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. In fast food restaurants such as McDonalds and Burger King, they tend to include meat in most of their menus and this brings a great danger of obesity. Therefore in the United States, where the fast food restaurants are most popular, the popularity of obesity examples is also very high on their newspapers. ...read more.


Also, fish sometimes contain mercury, lead and arsenic, which could be a threat to human bodies. On the other hand, due to the development of high technology, there are foods that which contains a rich variety of micro protein but made out of flours instead. These foods give a meat taste and are considered to be healthy, an example would include Quorn. Hence, they could be suggested to act as a healthy substitute of meat. "Belching, flatulent livestock emit 16% of the world's annual production of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas," from State of the World 2004. For the environmental issue, meat eating could raise global warming. This is because cow farms produce a large amount of methane, which could eliminate the rising temperature of the earth. Also, producing a pound of beef uses 40 times more fossil fuels to produce a pound of soybeans. This shows that meat eating could raise the consumption of our natural resources. ...read more.


Meat eating could also contribute to the low unemployment rate, as meat producers would employ workers to keep the industry running. If meat eating becomes unpopular, the unemployment rate could be altered and this would depend on how much the demand of meat has been decreased. Also, in some religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism, meat eating is forbidden, this suggests that meat eating is againsting their moral standards in some extents. However, different cultures have different believes and hence wrongdoings should not be justified. Overall, it seems likely that disadvantages of meat eating override the advantages for individuals' health. Meats still act an important part in human diet and the quantity intake should be carefully awared. For the society as a whole, meat eating is important especially while referring to the economic issue. Whilst there are several disadvantages of meat eating, the producers may well invest capital on research and development of the meat industry and hopefully the problems could be overcame and the meat market could still survive at a good state. ...read more.

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