Environmental Reasons: The Benefits Of Vegetarianism

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Vegetarianism is a diet in which people choose not to consume meat or other animal products. Many forms of vegetarianism exist. For example, vegans do not consume any sort of animal products such as eggs, dairy, and meat. Lacto-ovo vegetarians, on the other hand, do not eat meat, but they do allow eggs and dairy products. Similarly, pesco-vegetarians eat fish, but rarely, if ever, eat meat. Several reasons convince people to be vegetarian such as partaking in the numerous health benefits, fighting animal abuse, practicing for religious values, and protecting the environment. Vegetarianism is the most desirable diet for all people because it provides numerous personal, global, and environmental benefits.
Vegetarianism provides multitudes of
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First, some believe that vegetarians will not be able to sustain themselves with sufficient vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients such as iron, vitamin B12, and protein. The American Health Association says, “Vegetarian diets can be healthful and nutritionally sound if they’re carefully planned to include essential nutrients.” Protein can be found in beans, lentils, nuts and in small amounts from many plants. Vitamin B12 and other nutrients can be supplemented or found in fortified plant milks or cereals. Dietitians and doctors can help people to find a way to fulfill all their dietary needs on a vegetarian diet. Some people believe that humans evolved to meat, and people should continue to eat meat because our ancestors did. Einstein once said, “So I am living without fats, without meat, without fish, but am feeling quite well this way. It always seems to me that man was not born to be a carnivore.” Einstein is a well known and respected scientist, and his opinions should not be taken lightly. If Einstein did not think meat is necessary in a human diet and people can meet their dietary needs on a vegetarian diet, then people must consider the idea that although humans can eat meat, it is not a necessity. Furthermore, human ancestors also ate many plant based foods. Just because human ancestors did something does not mean that humans today should do the same thing. We are continually evolving. Human ancestors practiced slavery, cannibalism, and rape, yet humans do not still do that today. People should not follow the antediluvian ways of their ancestors; instead they should improve upon
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