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Is Being vegetarian beneficial for environment

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Created March 04, 2013 at 6:11 AM

Is it true that being vegetarian is good for health and enviornment?

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on March 04, 2013
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Look at south India to see what cultural vegetarianism does for the environment.

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on March 04, 2013
at 05:28 PM

From the looks of the last round of veg spam, being veg is detrimental to reasoning ability. The environment needs vegetarians like a fish needs a bicycle.

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Agreed, but whilst an "off shoot" of sorts, wasn't it revived in modern western culture by vegans? I think they deserve some credit.

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Forest gardening is permaculture - permaculture principles generally require animals in the system. The vegan version is an off-shoot and not regarded as viable by most permaculturists.

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Did Patrik change the site to "Veggie Hacks" without me noticing?

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http://paleohacks.com/questions/560/how-environmentally-responsible-green-and-sustainable-is-the-paleo-diet/576#576

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on March 04, 2013
at 11:46 AM

Not necessarily. Read "The Vegetarian Myth" by Lierre Keith.

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on March 04, 2013
at 12:08 PM

Short answer: no.

Long answer:

First of all, animals are killed in the production of vegetarian food. So vegetarians may not eat meat, but they can't escape the murder. This may or may not be beside the point, depending on what you consider to be "environment".

Secondly, the mass production of single grain crops has a negative impact on the environment, in that masses of natural landscape are removed to be replaced by a fundamentally unhealthy agricultural practice.

Where the vegan community may have an interesting angle, is in that of forest gardening. This ideology however is not exclusively a vegetarian-suited concept. The inhabitants of the oldest forest gardens, also eat meat.

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on March 04, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Forest gardening is permaculture - permaculture principles generally require animals in the system. The vegan version is an off-shoot and not regarded as viable by most permaculturists.

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on March 04, 2013
at 03:03 PM

Agreed, but whilst an "off shoot" of sorts, wasn't it revived in modern western culture by vegans? I think they deserve some credit.

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