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From: Pumpkin (c-68-46-155-215.hsd1.nj.comcast.net)
Subject:         Vegan diet best hope for humanity, IMO
Date: October 19, 2006 at 3:27 am PST

In Reply to: Vegan diet...lost cause for humanity posted by David Meyer on October 18, 2006 at 9:52 am:

You'll always be able to find exceptions, but they will be obscure and very limited. In general, this planet can feed far, far more people, with less environmental degradation, if people eat a plant-based diet.

It's not exactly rocket science, since we've known for many, many decades now that you can feed a lot more people from an acre of land planted in a food crop than if you use that land for grazing animals to be used for food. I've seen people claim that there is a lot of acreage unsuitable for growing anything, but that can be used for grazing. However, that doesn't negate the fact that raising animals for food is very, very wasteful of even the limited biomass available on such land. Not to mention the waste products and resulting environmental degradation from grazing cattle, etc.

Decreasing the amount of animal-sourced foods used by humans will only help the planet support its increasing human population. And it's clear that would also improve the health of humanity, especially if diets are calorically adequate and tailored to include enough variety and fresh vegetables to provide essential nutrients. Adding occasional meat or dairy or fish to one's diet doesn't do much (if anything) to increase nutritional quality, but humans are programmed to like these types of foods. However, minimizing their use can only benefit the planet - and us as its occupants. Not to mention the animals.

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