#7: Becoming vegetarian 'can harm the environment' -


According to Nick Collins from telegraph.co.uk, becoming vegetarian can harm the environment. His reasoning for this is because of the space and land destruction that is needed to grow more food that are vegetarian friendly. Like vegetables, fruits, and tofu. Also, meat substitutes were found to be "highly processed." Meaning that they needed more energy to be made.
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#6: Vegetarianism is Bad For Your Health +/-


This website has many users debating whether or not being a vegetarian is bad. Some people are "for" this argument because they think people NEED to eat meat, or they aren't getting the proteins that they need. On the other hand, the people who are "against" this statement are saying that you can get proteins in other places such as soy products and vegetables and it all depends on how you take care of yourself and what you eat.

http://www.forandagainst.com/Vegetarianism_Is_Bad_For_Your_Health
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#5: TWENTY ONE REASONS FOR BEING A VEGETARIAN +


In this article, Vernon Coleman shares twenty one reasons for being a vegetarian. Some reasons include, "how avoiding meat is easy," how "every minute of every working day, thousands of animals are killed in slaughterhouses," and how "there are over millions of cases of food poisoning recorded every year."



#4: 7 Things that Suck About Being a Vegetarian -


Matt Frazier is a vegetarian and discusses how he has been able to accomplish different things because of his lifestyle. But there are moments when he can't do certain things because of his lifestyle. Some of these things include:
  • not being able to enjoy certain delicacies when you visit new places
If you go to visit a state or country, you can't enjoy the food that "defines their region." There's Maine, for example. If you were a vegetarian, you wouldn't be able to eat the lobsters that state is famous for.
  • steakhouse dinners and eating out isn't too great
Frazier explains that going out to eat steak with a nice wine still sounds good to him being a vegetarian. Not for the meat per say, but for the experience because it's hard to "recreate." He also explains that there are many different places to eat meat-free, but where he lives, it's either Indian food, pizza, or salad and it gets old, pretty fast.
  • there are times when you eat worse than you would being an omnivore
When being a vegetarian, you have to plan ahead and figure out what you're going to eat. Especially if you're traveling. And if you forget to do so, "there's a good chance there won't be anything for you to eat." Therefore, you end up filling up on junk food which isn't healthy, or you don't fill yourself up at all.
  • cooking isn't the same
The "ritual of planning the meal, shopping for ingredients, and preparing it," is to simply get it on the table. No fun comes from it.
  • having dinner at a friend's becomes harder
Do they know you don't eat meat? Should you warn them? What if your friend is cooking something and it's all meat? Do you eat it anyway, or do you ask for something else, although they took the time to make it?
  • just because it isn't meat, doesn't mean it's vegetarian
Some foods or drinks that you're drinking could only be gotten by the killing of animals.
  • some people think you're trying to convert them
Some people will think that you're pressuring them to become vegetarian just because you are. Of course, that might not even be the case, but others could think of it as a "subtle" hint.

http://www.nomeatathlete.com/7-things-that-suck-about-being-vegetarian/


#3: 5 Reasons Being a Vegetarian Can Be Bad -


Bes Zain, the writer of this article, talks about his personal experiences when he became a vegetarian and five reasons why being a vegetarian can be bad. He explains how
  • it can make you weak because of lack of nutrients
  • how it can make you unhealthy because you might not be getting enough food
  • how it can affect your daily routines because you might not feel comfortable about certain things relating to animals
  • how it can affect the people around you because of activities like going out to eat
  • how it might make people feel prejudiced about eating meat

http://thereasoner.com/articles/5-reasons-being-a-vegetarian-can-be-bad
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#2: A Vegetarian in Cuba -


In this article, Yusimi Rodriguez explains how hard it is to find vegetarian friendly food in Cuba and what her diet has to consist of in order to keep living that lifestyle. At home, eating vegetarian food is easy. But it's when she isn't home, that it becomes a problem. If Rodriguez wants to eat something from the Havana streets, it consists of peanut nougat bars, fruit milkshakes, sesame nougat bars, ice cream, sweets, and pizza. But all of these foods have their faults. Their faults are either: the substitution of ingredients, too much sugar, or too expensive.The meals that are sold in Cuba include either pork, chicken, or beef and to substitute those parts of the meal, it becomes more expensive. "The pork sandwiches sometimes come with a few small leaves of lettuce inside, in which case I’ll ask the salesperson if they can make me a sandwich with lettuce only. They’ll tell me they can, but I still have to pay the regular price: five pesos." This makes it more expensive because she's only paying for lettuce and bread.

Later on, Rodriguez explains how she finds vegetarian restaurants and what they provide. But slowly, they begin selling meat. Until they aren't vegetarian restaurants anymore because it doesn't sell. According to one of the severs, "Cuban's are not vegetarians."

http://www.havanatimes.org/?p=19867



#1: More young people go the vegetarian route +


In this article, the write Mary Brophy Marcus explains how children and teens are choosing the vegetarian lifestyle and how widespread it's becoming. Nutrition experts say that they've seen changes in the last five to ten years, that suggest vegetarianism is becoming more popular among young people. Many of these people have their own reasoning for going without meat like: "personal taste, concerns about animal treatment, environmental questions surrounding livestock and the influence of peers and celebrities." Now that vegetarianism is more popular, it's easier to find a grocery store that sells products specifically for that lifestyle. Many public places like grocery stores, restaurants, and school cafeterias are also offering more vegetarian meals.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-10-14-veggie-kids_N.htm




Topic statement and a brief summary.

Vegetarianism.


Vegetarianism is the practice of being a vegetarian. When being a vegetarian, you live a lifestyle without consuming meat. I've decided to base my project on this topic because many people are unaware or mildly misinformed about living without meat. I plan on helping people understand the different views and sides to it, because there are:
  • People who eat absolutely no meat (vegetarians)
  • People who only eat fish (pescetarians)
  • People who only eat chicken (pollotarians)
  • People who don't eat anything that has to do with meat (vegans)
The more people know about the different kinds,, the more they'll understand why.

According to an article I read, vegetarians can consume milk and eggs. But the vegetarians who consume eggs, are sometimes called "ovo-vegetarians". And vegetarians who consume dairy products are called "lacto-vegetarians".
I find it weird that there are so many different sides. I just thought being a vegetarian meant eating no meat. And with that, I doubt I'm the only one who thought that too. To most vegetarians, "meat" means the flesh of a living animal. Others think of it as "red meat" (flesh of a mammal). That's why some vegetarians say that they eat fish or chicken.

There's also controversy on whether or not these lifestyles are healthy. I'll be summarizing their supporting reasons.
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