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Vegetarian Diets

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Vegetarian Diets A vegetarian diet presents an opportunity for people to adopt a meat-free diet that leads to significantly improved individual health while also benefiting the planet. A decreased demand for meat will reduce the negative environmental impacts of livestock such as greenhouse gases, deforestation, and soil depletion. The rearing of cattle is a greater threat to the environment than driving cars. "When emissions from land use and land use change are included, the livestock sector accounts for 9 per cent of CO2 deriving from human-related activities, but produces a much larger share of even more harmful greenhouse gases. It generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has 296 times the Global Warming Potential of CO2" (UN News Centre). The simple act of choosing not to eat meat could alleviate the planet of highly toxic emissions that result from cattle raising and contribute to global warming. Increasing demand for meat puts pressure on the greatest forest in the world- the Amazon- as it is cut down to provide grazing land for cattle. ...read more.

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Opponents of vegetarianism criticize the diet saying that it does not provide sufficient nutrition and it damages economies that depend on the meat industry. These arguments however are short sighted and do not acknowledge opportunities to avoid these potential pitfalls. Some scientists believe humans need animal fat. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation "strict vegetarianism is detrimental to human health...some people have difficulty assimilating vitamins, minerals, protein and other factors from plant food" (SixWise). Those who seek a nutritionist's guidance when adopting a vegetarian lifestyle are able to properly supplement their diet and avoid any dangerous affects of avoiding meat consumption. When one considers the health benefits such as the fact that vegetarians are 50 percent less likely to develop heart disease, they have a 40 percent lower cancer rate, and live on average six to 10 years longer than meat-eaters (The Pros and Cons of Being a Vegetarian: What the Experts Say, SixWise.com), it is hard to appreciate the argument that vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters. ...read more.

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The act of vegetarianism would be a wise choice for people as it helps not just your own person, but others in the world as well. Increased vegetarianism and less meat-eating can help to alleviate world hunger as crops grown to feed animals can be redirected towards people. The more food made for humans instead of animals, increases the survival rate for people throughout the world. Dependency on animals for food is pointless as we get an infonaut amount of things from plants instead. "In the 2000s, plants have been used to grow biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, bioplastics, and pharmaceuticals. In the 2000s, plants have been used to grow biofuels, biopharmaceuticals, bioplastics, and pharmaceuticals. Specific foods include cereals, vegetables, fruits, along with other things like raw materials that give us so many things. Animals just give humans meat. The point in eating meat is simply for the consumption of tasty food. If animals were slaughtered no more, then the world would be a better place to live. There would be less pollution from the mills that kill the animals, healthier people (as well as more people getting fed as the crops are more towards people and less about animals). ...read more.

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