The Pros And Cons Of The Vegetarian Diet

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Has mankind found its savior? Nationally(US) about 7.3 million people live primarily on a vegetarian diet while about 1 million of those are vegans. The vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet with the exception of animal product like milk, cheese, and eggs, the vegan diet is a vegetarian diet that eliminates animal product all together. A plant-based diet is sacred to many cultures and also is ideal for some because it is thought to take humans to another plateau of Physicality making you stronger and more fit than the average human being. It is also believed ethically it is wrong to kill other animals. The vegan diet is also perceived by many to be better for the environment opposed to an average diet that contains meat. Even though the diet …show more content…
even though it may be safe to use this nutrient physically, it may not be the same case ethically. Using the dietary supplement b12 is unethical because it is made in a lab and goes against the laws and beliefs of being a part of nature. Biologist Margaret Auld-Louie acknowledges “if a species is eating the diet designed for it by Mother Nature, it should contain all the nutrients in the food the animal needs for optimal health, without having to add man-made substances created in a laboratory.” Ethicality plays a huge role in plant-based diets because it brings a conscious of “good morality” to …show more content…
Meat based diets are frowned upon because of the negative effects on the environment from unsustainability and a high carbon footprint. Plant-based diets have a different calorie to weight ratio. While meat has more calories per kilogram, Vegetables have less calories per kilograms this explains why plant-based diets promote weight loss. A diet is good for the environment when it is sustainable, has a low carbon footprint and morally accepted. A diet is sustainable when the resources needed can be renewed faster than consumed. Considering that more vegetables would need to be consumed in order to be comparable to a meat based diet statistics need to be proportionately increased so both diets contain the same average caloric intake. For example, Tamar Haspel wrote, "If you stop eating beef, you can 't replace a kilogram of it, which has 2,280 calories, with a kilogram of broccoli, at 340 calories. You have to replace it with 6.7 kilograms of broccoli,". With that being said greater amounts of vegetation would need to be produced in order to compensate the calories offered from meat, calling for larger amounts of energy, water and land to be used. A lot of water is needed to farm crops, production of popular produce including lettuce, tomatoes, and soy would exceed the line of sustainability because of high demand. The

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