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WHY Being a vegetarian will NOT solve the problem of climate change? (DETAILED GUIDE)

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The problem of Climate change is not rested on eating meat alone. Stopping of which cannot make a major change. Meat is not the problem but a part of the solution. We have adapted to the environment around us, hence we are a carnivore. Since thousands of years we have adapted ourselves to the environment around which we lived. All the countries in the world don’t have a similar type of food and habitat. Hence, we can distinguish the eating habits of different regions around the world..

A huge outcry of every one of us to become vegetarian is becoming quite prevalent. Just like any other marketing of a specific topic this in addition needs to be analyzed if you need the correct understanding. Hence, we decided to look into both sides and show you the other side of the foods that we have always had.

Now, there could be a shifting of attention as a motto probably due to the whole side of major effect getting hugely ignored. This could be due to profits and saving the companies from getting bankrupt and the individuals, we do not know. Hence, we can simplify the process to show one side which is highly ignored and that is being a non-vegetarian.

Historic take on eating habits we have

Beef is taken into consideration while we talk of increasing C02 and or water consumption. The problem, however, is not Beef. In fact, have Beef in a moderate quantity can actually help maintain a part of a balanced diet and the byproducts are used too. It can further provide the red meat nutrients to us. We have been eating meat since the beginning as long as we know of.

Now, suddenly all the positive aspects of being vegetarian are coming into highlight more than ever. Some have also made it exactly as if eating meat or beef is wrong. Eating vegetarian food has always been there even from the beginning.

In the olden days, there was no oil exploration going on. There were no cars or petrol, there was no diesel, There were plenty of people eating animal meat and burning woods in their homes. There was no heating source other than burning wood and keeping it warm in a day to day life. We also used animal skin like leather, feathers & animal fur to protect ourselves from the cold in the winter seasons (Although one can argue the population was less).

Even those friends of ours who advocate being vegetarian have many animal products that they use. In fact, there are also those that pollute and harm the environment. However, it may not be one’s intention.

Valuing each one’s viewpoint to understand the whole picture on climate is important at this stage

Some of us go so strict in implementing the values we believe in, that we start to dictate unintentionally. Dictating the country by banning certain items which may have been the livelihood of many. This also could result in destroying the very people who we are here to love and care and their children. (Racism plays a major part to harm innocent people) One may argue to get other livelihood or learn other skills. It is easy to be said then done. Implementing and providing huge number of people a skill by asking them to pay for it is not a good option. This applies to both developed as well as developing nations. Only if you need this to be implemented firmly and as accurately.

Right now people are shouting out about ‘population pressure of humans on the planet leads to the pollution’. Ever imagined the number of cows or cattle as a whole that must have roamed the earth when there were fewer humans thousands of years back!

If we simply take this instance as a viewpoint then there must have been a huge amount of climate crisis in those times. That is because almost all the living creatures were living long and healthy lives due to less human intervention. Now, this didn’t create a climate catastrophe or did it! Now, obviously there was also huge green earth to soak up all of that C02 & handle the methane emission from these animals and even natural disasters.

Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian supporters arguments are worth understanding

This has the most emphasis on non-vegetarian point of view. This is because most of the easy to find information is available on becoming a vegetarian. Not, much of the information is available on the health benefits of being a non-vegetarian.

Vegetarian point of view

Vegetarian supporters might say eating meat is animal cruelty. It creates pollution, that leads to global warming, taking innocent animals life, harming your health, religious issues etc. Vegetarians are not weak we can get nutrition through all different types of vegetables and fruits. Vegetables that grow underground, like beat root, sweet potatoes, carrots and many more.

Non Vegetarians point of view

Non-Vegetarians, on the other hand, might say plants have life (which is true) and its a cruelty to plants. Why do you wear leather jackets or carry leather purses? What about the cosmetic products you use? are they all vegetarian completely.  The car you drive, the motorbike seats you use. The make up we use, Even the shoes we wear has leather. How do you really ignore it?

The issue around production and distribution is not analyzed well

We have been ignoring the very fact that our planet has different types of climate. It is not feasible for people in some countries to have exactly the same type of vegetable or grains and spices to be grown and eaten.

Hence, the main occupation of people was hunting, fishing and farming. The very fact that many parts of Europe and the western and Scandinavian countries did not use spices. Till date, there are many spices that you can’t even find easily in the general grocery stores.

Even places where you can find grains also had people that were farming vegetables & were into animal husbandry too. This allowed us to take care of our families and feed ourselves & them. Even transporting the grains or vegetable leaves a carbon footprint whether by road, air or via ocean, If not by fuel then by the use of plastic at least.

What would an animal do if given bad quality feed?

An animal can either eat or refuse to eat certain types of food. How can a plant say no to a manure that is poured over them. An animal can run and be finicky about their feed if they are well cared. What would a vegetable crop do if you feed it low quality and harmful chemicals.

We all know when certain spices are to be imported from some specific Asian countries there are some guidelines in place. In-spite of having this  still low quality products enter other markets.

Many countries in the world may not have such strict checkups on imported food products all the time hence those countries could be the easier target for profit makers and unhealthy trade practices.

You can not make the desert green without using items that affect the environment

At least not that fast! The very fact that you are able to read this article is because you have an electronic device. How many of the electronic devices in the world are completely nature-friendly and completely biodegradable?

The Problem of Climate change and Global warming is not due to eating non-vegetarian food. This whole phenomenon has many layers to it that contributes to several repercussions. In simple words eating non-veg is just a tiny part of the whole cycle. Just even as a climate activist we might want to change. From head to toe we are tangled with plastic, take a look around you; the helmets while cycling, the shoes, shoelaces, the football even your spectacles have it.

People that consume alcohol are both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Alcohol production also produces greenhouse gases. More than eating meat industry it is the meat-related industry items that cause enormous amount of pollution (leather tannery, gelatin, chemicals).

Being a Vegetarian also makes us contribute to global warming with or without us knowing

Eventually, every person, a vegetarian or non-veg, gets stuck in the maze of plastic items. You can’t avoid plastic around you. Logically, If you can’t avoid it, then you are equally responsible for using it and buying it. Not all of us are skilled enough or have time to make wooden items or commission somebody to make nature-friendly products all around you. All we do is reduce the amount of waste and the plastic around you. Well, so is the case for the people who eat non-vegetarian food.

Contributors to climate change and global warming consists of the following

  1.  Methane
  2. Nitrogen di oxide
  3. Copper
  4. Water vapour
  5. Volcanic gases
  6. Sulphur
  7. Hydroflouro carbons
  8. Perflouro carbons
  9. Sulphur di oxide
  10. Flourinated gases
  11. Nitrogen Trifluoride

A very popular known published studies are often concentrating on non-vegetarian food as the contributors of Green House Gases (GHG). However, the truth has more to it. There are other types of foods that are non-meat items and still contribute to a great extent to the Green house gas emissions. This includes vegetables produced – that are non organic by this we mean the one that has fertilizers and pesticides sprayed on them.

Contributors for climate change are many

Methane is the Global contributor in adding to GHG emissions

You may have come across bottles that has a sign of harmful to the environment and to the ozone layer (label on it). Not many of us realize that alcohol production is also responsible for generating greenhouse gases. Is that going to stop you from drinking alcohol & being a vegetarian?

As per the US Environmental Protection Agency, It is during the production and transportation of  Coal, Oil and natural gas that methane gets emitted. It’s also a result of waste in the landfills and agricultural livestock. Wastewater treatment contributes to the production of Nitrous oxide, Carbon dioxide & even methane.

What happens when everyone becomes a vegetarian?

It will have huge impact on their health due to harmful chemicals that they can intake through vegetables and fruits grown this way. The water that subsides and gets drained from these vegetables once reaches the aquifers can pollute the freshwater assuming the majority of them are sprayed with chemicals. It will still affect the water creatures due to the chemicals.

Biogas plants produce methane in large quantities as the motive is to produce this gas so as to use it as a fuel. If the wood is burnt it would still produce methane but not to that great extent. Biogas plants would have a chance of accidents while burning a firewood for cooking do not (For example; The biogas plant gets damaged and creates a leak). Although while burning methane doesn’t produce as much C02 it does have chances of accidents.

Being a vegetarian is not bad just as being a non-veg isn’t. Reason being our bodies are more comfortable in allowing those foods to get processed easily which we have always been eating. A non-vegetarian becomes a complete vegetarian all of a sudden then it can affect his or her health.

Meat has certain qualities or properties that are required to survive in certain places. One may be able to stay for a while but it can’t warm your body if you are living in a cold region. People would either prefer to have meat or they would like alcohol.

If world was full of vegetarians what would it look like?

We would still have capitalism. We would still be trading. There would still be wannabe fascists in some parts of the world. We would still be making profits. Some governments  would still pressurize other governments. They would still intimidate their own people to benefit personally and the list goes on.

Coming back to the point !

What do we do in this day and age with the meat industry?
Common knowledge: Animals are fed, injected, medicated & they are given steroids.
They are fed meals that allow them to look big and grow fast. Items such as GMO (genetically modified organisms) Now Let, us all go to the world of vegetarians.

How would we be? We would all need lots of vegetables. Green leafy vegetables, pulses & lots of fruits, our pet and cattle would need the same, except meat eating pets.
Now, if you have a big farming company and you need to produce vegetable faster and better looking than others. What are you going to do?
Think!
GMO, hormones, chemicals, quick-growing feed, low quality manures

Does any of these sound familiar!!
Some of us may want to differ to these points which is alright. Not everybody gets 100% yes.
More vegetarians would boost the demand for consuming more vegetables all the time.
We would feel hungrier faster as certain areas and types of work would require more energy. Secondly, vegetables would not match up to the demand for veg eaters as quickly.
Think about it. Out of, 100 people, let us say 60 non-veg and 40 veg distributes the production and chances of emergency mitigation in case of problems on either side temporarily.
No, Even if 99 people are all vegetarians imagine the pressure and the chances of manipulation of our food would be high.

There is no skepticism but being logical could work well.

The fertilizers whether natural or not would require to be of utmost high quality and non harming to people.

It’s quite a sad thing that many people in authoritative positions do not give importance to human health. Even though they are elected to look after the people and care for their well being as a whole.

Any Climate catastrophe could hamper the entire specific type of crops just as we see these days. Again, large scale production of food would raise more questions on the quality and supply of the food. (One may say there are organizations that overlook the quality) Still we do end up having low quality product at times. Just like some things are unavoidable like micro-plastics in the food chain.

The most beneficial vegetable would be a bit expensive. Take a look at the vegetables that are really become more expensive than any other vegetables over the last 2 decades.

Organics & Exotics come to the top of the chart

Crop adulteration is not new to us we have such instances of traders sliding in unwanted weeds along with the vegetables to increase the weight. Again principles would not work if there is no moral obligation to provide high quality when there is a race to make more and much faster.

We are missing out a point to help the countries that can’t have vegetable produce as much as needed due to their geographical location.Take a look at the supermarket aisle for vegetables next time when you go. List down what kind of vegetables you see often and always expensive.

I can bet you would be able to see the one with the organic label would be more expensive than the other. Now any intelligent layman would understand that even though it is good, they can’t afford to buy them all the time.
Majority of the people around the world that go for shopping in supermarkets or vegetable markets have a specific income group they fall under. Here, I am not talking about high-income individuals that also go to the supermarket.
Here the focus is general public and most of the general public can’t afford to have high price vegetables even though it may be good. So if pollution or global warming doesn’t kill them then of course inflation would slowly destroy their life.

Conflict of interest for the countries that are highest vegetable producers and exporters

Countries that have high or even a regular vegetables growing would be in a better position to demand their favours. Especially those countries that are not very strong in position would have to manage somehow.

The Brainstorming on Vegetarian Vs Non-Vegetarians thinking

One religious speaker would say you can eat meat and another would go against and say, you should not eat meat. When Cows, Bulls & other (ruminants )similar livestock produce so much methane, then why can’t we keep their population under control by consuming meat?  There will be more demand and less supply then obviously the interest of people would shift to other similar products. The argument could be that reducing the number of cows could produce less methane. This means people need to eat more beef. Sounds strange and not logical correct!

The very fact that you consume milk which comes out of animal makes you non-vegetarian. As a strict vegetarian would not consume any item that is animal-based item as per a strict vegetarian. You may differ to this explanation rightly as mentioned definition of vegetarians differs for each. One would not like to be called out

How much non-vegetarian is important

Ruminants that burp and Fart actually creates more greenhouse gas emissions

Methane is more powerful than C02 in trapping the heat on earth in the form of greenhouse gases, many of us reading this may know this. On one side we can add the positive effects of eating beef and on the other most popular negative effects. The problem lies in not eating the beef but the rearing of the animal, the food they eat the methane gas that they emit which is responsible for GHG emissions to a great extent. Now, this can be sad for any livestock. For that reason, ILRI comes into picture which is there working to help curb this issue as well.

The Problem noticed here is the large scale industry that deals with the cows. Please note that it is not just bulls or cows that are bred for beef but also there are the ones that are cows reared for their milk. Effects are not just on one side but it has many levels to it. For example; A cattle has many byproducts such as meat, milk, cheese, yoghurt, butter, buttermilk, Gelatin, Leather, Horns, Bones etc., The uses are many. The demand is much. We may become vegetarians but who would not like to drink milk, probably a few of us.

What is the dilemma between choosing what to prefer as your food?

Many Dairy farmers even in many developing nations they breed the cattle to even sell them. They may not eat the beef but they do sell the same cow. In certain countries such as India, even people are killed because of consuming beef. These incidents have increased even furthermore in the last decade. It’s not about the popular opinion it is about the effect and the side effects too. It’s a part of the food chain. Some vegans do drink milk which comes from Cow, sheep, goat or a buffalo but insist non-vegetarians to stop eating beef.

A lot of vegetation is grown and taken off in a huge quantity disturbing the soil and manipulating the growth and the preservation of the vegetable for a long duration. There are several reasons given by those that follow a religious practice of being a strict vegetarian.

The point is conveyed in different manners such as in the name of ending cruelty. The others include the health aspect. These are the major points that are taken into consideration. Now we humans have been living and hunting for ages. These were the main practices of the ancient civilizations too. It, however, doesn’t mean we are going to start hunting and eating all the time.

Where should we emphasize to help prevent further pollution?

We should be targeting more prevalent and obvious things. Let’s take a look. How many people in the world are non vegetarians & how many are vegetarians?

For the sake of an argument, we say  70%  of the world population are non-vegetarian and 30% vegetarians. Now, not all 70 %  of people eat red meat or Beef, and not all of them eat meat every day.  Now the question is why are we bothered are cows methane emissions to be more powerful?

There is a solution even for this methane emission. As the recent study conducted by the scientist indicate that the methane emission from the cow could be curbed by adding seaweed (Kelp) in their feed. ‘Through an ongoing research led by the agricultural scientists at University of California in Davis,  It was found that by simply adding  a little Asparagopsis seaweed (red Algae) to cattle, it could reduce the methane emissions by 50% in Dairy cows.’ This helps them with digestion. This solves a major problem.

Another issue is that Cattle needs a lot of drinking water

The answer to this is that we waste more water in our bathrooms than the innocent animal. Give it a thought if you live in a hot climate do you not use buckets and buckets of water to make your home floor cool by splashing it on the floor or outside gardens even when it is not needed.

From a single leakage of the tap, we waste a huge amount of water unintentionally. This contributes to the water wastage also. How many homes in your city, village or town have water safety devices on their tap.

Farmer takes care of their livestock better than those in the meat & dairy industry. As fewer animals handled by few people makes them more attentive to care for the animals. The Issue is only to educate and equip them with proper tools to help them take care of their animals.

Contribution to climate change should not be concluded by who eats more meat

Our average life expectancy is approx 90 years (rounded off to zer0). This means people have 32850 days. 788400 hours and 65,700meals  (lunch & dinner in total) out of which a certain amount of the population sleeps hungry due to war and poverty and more than a billion people fast every year at least once.

Some fast a month and some do intermittent fasting. Many of us would not live up to 90years as this figure has been taken from the country with the highest life expectancy. Not all of them take two full meals that contain meat only. It is absolutely based on the countries culture and eating habits of the people in general.

Did you just think beef is only purchased to feed Humans?

The answer is a  Big No ! Well some of us have pets and we like them and love them. Many of us like to visit the Zoo, the circus, the Safaris. You thought it is only humans, didn’t you! Many of us give gladly buy sweets or two with beef gelatin. The Soft chewy sweets they have gelatin too.

Although not all have beef gelatin most popular ones do have. Plant-based gelatin is not very popular which should be if we need to reduce the beef production to a certain extent.  We need to start with these small steps too.

How much of the beef production for feeding these will create pollution?

It’s the collection of activities carried out by us humans which are heavily responsible for climate change and not just being a non-vegetarian. There are lakes in some countries that puffs out methane quite often. Is there a measure on that emission or can it be controlled?

Figure on the methane emission varies according to different sources. However, we have taken the maximum just to show the effect. That is from 70 to 200 Kg per year divided by 365 gives us 0.5479452 which is less than 1 kg per day just a little more than half a kg of methane.

Let’s see the area which is not shown much in many parts of the world. Human interference in nature by an activity known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.  As per live science, there were around 510,000 fracking sites in the US just by 2010 itself and by 2014 around 15.3 Americans have lived within a mile of a fracking well.

Religious take on veg and non-veg topic

Points by the non-veg; If following religious practices of the old includes praying and performing certain rituals then why not eat meat as they did too. The point is very tricky here since this statement could be twisted how one wants it to portray. The vegetarian says okay, should we start to eat raw meat like they did and the conversation goes to circles. A real famous never-ending debate. People should be given a choice of whether they want to eat beef or lamb or fish. No one likes to eat the same type of food every day all the time. Tolerance is the key to work like a team.

Many grains eaten by the cow are also consumed by humans

  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Corn
  • Oil seeds

Many items that we as humans eat are also eaten by cattle. They could be a bakery leftover, Apples, banana peel, other green vegetables too. Many of these are also used in the production of alcohol which creates harm not just to the environment but to people in general. The Solution, so thought was that to raise the cattle faster by feeding them nutrients rich food that can build their muscles faster. The horrible danger to this is that many companies might feed them something that can make them look big but it can create diseases in them.

Hence, it can affect not only the cows but us humans too. Just as the Chickens are raised in by many companies by feeding such things that makes them look bigger and faster. Many of these chicken can’t survive for a long time. Hence, they are supposed to be slaughtered within the time frame. It was also seen that these chickens had internal problems that could lead them to paralyses or organ failure.

In fact, the agricultural runoffs are also the causes of the damage of sea life that includes corals too. Ever imagined why a big lake had masses of fish died at once, yes that’s all an option to find out what goes wrong here. If the main problem is highlighted then it can affect the influential people of that country (probably those responsible for the agricultural ministry).

Cows are not the only source of methane emission in huge quantities

The following industries are also major contributors to methane emission.

  1. Agricultural industry
  2. Alcohol industry
  3. Chemical fertilizer industry
  4. Shipping industry
  5. Oil industry

If you are shocked to see the agricultural industry then let us check why it comes in our list. It is because of fertilizer usage, transportation, a gathering of food and animal waste to produce gas and manure. Keeps animal for long to get milk and farm them.

Check the video below. It is from DavidsuzukiFDN, it clearly shows the amount of methane that leaks through the gas wells. We may not be able to see this with our naked eye, hence a special camera shows it.

Benefits of eating a Beef

Eating Beef gives us many benefits some of them are as follows:-

  • They produce L- Carnitine which is an amino acid which naturally occurs in Beef.
  • It provides the antioxidant  Glutathione. = This is very beneficial for our body to detox.
  • High in Protein which also helps to increase muscles (high macronutrients)
  • Rich in minerals such as iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, Omega3 and zinc.
  • It also helps Prevent Iron deficiency  which is responsible for Anaemia
  • According to WHO 1.62 billion people suffer form iron deficiency.
  • Contains Carnosine  a potent amino acid (It contains in red meat generally)
  • Also contains a lot of vitamins (such as A,E, D, K2, B,B2,B3,B5, B6, B12) because of the greens that it consumes.
  • Conjugated Linoeleic acid
  • Beef Also contains performance enhancer that is creatine.
  • Quick and simple to cook

Not just meat but in some countries even animal blood is used. Some may use it in their food and some for their non food items, such as medicines & Pharmaceutical.  In fact components of blood such as albumin, fibrinogen, serotonin are just a few out of many which are used in either medicals purposes or chemical.

Excess intake can affect us irrespective of vegetable or meat

This means that even if you eat the same type of vegetable every single day all the time can affect you. For instance: A person eating carrots to improve his or her vision can actually be harmful if it is eaten a lot in excess. It is how we want to put it across. Eaten to satisfy hunger can be considered the ideal & not being simply glutton. Grass-fed beef has high omega3 as compared to the grain-fed beef.

Beef Liver, in fact, is considered one of the superfoods. Many fishes are also fed beef liver such as Discus species and other meat-eater fishes. It also contains Folic Acid. It has also considered being really good for the people who have anaemia. Since it is a source of iron.

Source of pollution also includes the following

  1. Cow
  2. Humans
  3. Earthquakes
  4. landfills
  5. Oceans
  6. Hot springs
  7. Rice fields
  8. Burning of Forest
  9. Charcoal
  10. Coal mine workers are also exposed to methane gas as they work underground
  11. Firewood for burning
  12. Cremation
  13. Fossil fuel explorations

Since, methane is a byproduct of natural gas. It also is emitted from the oil well from the drilling process. Leaving the rubbish for a long duration could also produce methane. It is said that humans are responsible to create more methane emissions than any other sources. Do you keep your trash bags or bin bags longer then they should?

Negative effects of eating beef or red meat

  • Risk of getting cancer (not proven 100%)
  • Risk of death.
  • Problems of Farmers feeding GMO contained corns & soya when they feed them.
  • A 100 gm Lentils could contain 9gm of protein as per USDA guidelines.
  • The main deficiency most commonly  found among the vegans and vegetarians is that of B12 which could make them take supplements.

There is more buying power for the people in the middle and high-income countries for processed meat & other meat options. People have the facility and the luxury to buy animal products easily and quickly. This leads to excessive demand in the meat industry & an increase in the supply from the other end which also leaves a big carbon footprint in transporting these animals.

The other hand in the middle, low income & poor countries people rely on livestock for their food and livelihood. This, in turn, helps them feed their families and look after them. If these people are targeted in the name of a blame game then it is humans that suffer. Places which are more advanced and fully developed people also take loans for their businesses.

What does cancer research states?

AS much as we know that adding harmful chemicals in the feeding of animals can affect them. This also has a greater impact on humans if we eat such animal’s meat.

This action itself affects the economy and the environment in many ways. This is due to the fact that in order to fulfill the demand of meat & dairy products such as milk cheese & many others. A large scale farming and production facility is put into place. An artificial and toxic feed is fed to the livestock that may contain GMO and other harmful things.

In poor countries, farmers have less or almost no money to invest in these facilities. This, in turn, helps them and their livestock is healthier unless left on the streets to eat the Garbage such as plastic chemical-filled dyes on newspapers etc.

Since certain food products are not present in other countries and they import it. Now, if this is the case for the nuts of vegetables then it is the same issue. That is transporting one part of the world to another and expenses lost on it too since the imported items would be sold higher than their existing price to get feasible profit margins.

Where is the issue in consuming plant-based products?

For instance, Selenium that contains in Beef Liver in the animal products and in Brazil nuts in the plant-based. Although the amount of selenium present in the Brazil nuts is more it needs to be more in numbers and Beef is easily available even in the countries where you can’t grow Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts originate from South America.

Nuts are usually expensive in many countries due to its qualities and benefits. If middle and low-income people can’t afford to buy them. To consume often or provide to their families that have a deficiency then it could be a task for them.

Issues related to the consumption of all different vegetables at one place is that in a Meat its all readily available. From the vegetable a person has to gather them. It’s not always the case you can find all different types of vegetables at one place in all the countries at an affordable price. Red Meat, on the other hand, solves the problem of Money spent on travelling to look for the vegetables at different places, looking for other spices making food out of it. Meats are easy to cook & can also be simply eaten as a steak.

This of course was not the case with vegetables which has in the last couple of years gained more momentum on roasted vegetables too. Now you also need to buy more in order to fill the bellies. Meat is more filling as compared to the vegetables.

Definition of being a vegetarian differs based on perspective

Some eat eggs & milk. Few are the ones that eats seafood. One just eats all raw vegetables & fruits.  There is no such thing as standard vegetarianism also, hence adding own perspective creates friction among each other. The point is to reduce the amount of meat we consume.

Out of all of this research, we can come to the conclusion that the large scale farming of these animals affects the environment. This also includes animal reared for dairy produce such as milk etc. The firecrackers which are used by both vegetarians and non-vegetarians also have beef in it. Stearic acid which also contains oils and animal fats is used in the production of firecrackers . Stereal alcohol is also made from Stearic acid.

Vegetarianism has been classified and broken into the following categories

  • Lacto vegetarians= Do consume dairy products.
  • Vegans = Do not consume animal products or byproducts.
  • Flexitarian= They are a bit flexible in eating
  • Lacto ovo vegetarian
  • Pollotarian
  • Pescatarian
  • Ovo vegetarian

In fact, to many people’s surprise, Bangladesh that is a Muslim country is the most vegetarian country in the world as per the telegraph.

We can conclude the following

High consumption of anything can hamper the health of any individual. Even we drink enormous amounts of water everyday it could prove to be fatal. Too much salt is also fatal. Even excessive vitamins or any nutrients does have side effects on it.

Have the only option of meat on land apart form the fishes from the lakes, rivers, sea & oceans.  Since the research also suggest that they have an amount of plastic present in them which could harm us as humans. Red Algae has proven to be helpful in reducing methane emissions to a great extent from the cattle.

All of this information about if the world becomes a vegetarian is more superficial. The reason is that not all the countries in the world would agree on one point. This could be because of their financial or political interests. Some may not be able to do it due to their geographical location. However its worth knowing the pros and cons on this issue.

Further References:

  1. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/
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  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5793269/
  5. https://www.naturespath.com/en-us/blog/the-top-5-deficiencies-on-a-plant-based-diet/
  6. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_White_Paper_Alternative_Proteins.pdf
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  8. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/vegan-diet-everyone-us-follow-health-impact-meat-nutrients-deficit-supply-scientists-study-a8064981.html
  9. https://davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/greenhouse-gases/
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