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About Vegetarianism

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Humans are classified as omnivorous creatures, meaning they are capable of surviving on a variety of food sources and thrive on a broad-spectrum diet that includes grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein. People who are vegetarians, in the simplest terms, do not eat meat. However, different cultures and individuals can have their own distinct understanding of what constitutes vegetarianism. Terms such as meat can also have more than one accepted definition among different groups. For these reasons, some diets that may be considered vegetarian by one person or culture might not be identified that way by another. (Opposing Viewpoints)


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  • What are the ecological concerns about livestock production and meat consumption?
  • Discuss the impact on health from meat and dairy consumption.
  • Compare the diet of the average American to one in an Eastern region and discuss the health of each.
  • What are livestock factories and are they inhumane?
  • Do humans have an obligation to animals?
  • What factors should be considered when changing to a vegetarian lifestyle?
  • Is it better to just become a vegan? 
  • Does the USDA do enough regulating of food sources to support the vegetarian lifestyle? 
  • Is eating organic necessary for a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle?