Vegetarianism Vs Non Vegetarianism ( Omnivorous )

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Personal health has become more of a hot topic as of late. What a person consumes directly correlates to personal health. There are many different opinions on what “diet” is the healthiest. Vegetarianism versus non-vegetarianism (omnivorous) is a perfect example of opposing views of healthy diets. Vegetarian advocates argue that vegetarianism is a healthy and moral diet while non-vegetarians argue that eating meats and animal by-products is essential to human life. “In the United States, about three to four percent of the population is estimated to be strictly vegetarian” (Opposing Viewpoints). “A vegetarian diet relies mainly on the consumption of vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, fruits, and mushrooms, along with products made from these plant-based foods (such as olive oil)” (Environmental Encyclopedia). Non-vegetarians (omnivores) consume everything from plant-based foods, meats, and animal by-products. Which diet is healthier? Which diet is morally sound? There are many positive reasons to choose a vegetarian diet. Most importantly in the eyes of a vegetarian is the fact that a vegetarian diet does not necessitate the harm of animals since animals are not slaughtered for a vegetarian diet. A huge reason individuals do not consume meat products is that they do not believe in mass factory farm raising and slaughtering of animals. They feel it is inhumane and unnecessary for human survival. They believe it is considered animal cruelty to cause stress and harm to an animal to be consumed (Ethics and Philosophy). Many vegetarians are also animals rights activists. Even if a vegetarian is not an animal rights activist, they may oppose and avoid animal products to limit the ingestion of steroids and antibiotics commo... ... middle of paper ... ... emissions cannot be avoided in the raising of animals, but that does not mean the vegetarian diet does not contribute as well. Many vegetarians consume processed plant-based protein products, like tofu, which produces green house emissions also, even more than meat production. “A 2010 report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) found that the production of soy-based proteins such as tofu could contribute more to greenhouse gas emissions than eating locally produced meat” (Vegetarian ProCon). As you can see there is no clear answer as to which diet a person should adhere to. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians have valid points, pros, and cons pertaining to their diet choices. Both diets can be healthy and environmentally conscious if proper measures are taken. I am personally not a vegetarian, however, I have reduced the amount of meat and animal by-products I consume.

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