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Veganism: An Ethical and Dietary Controversy
A brief review of the research on the philosophy and controversy surrounding veganism.
# 153110 | 1,241 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on May 03, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nutrition and Exercise) , Nutrition (Food)

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The paper looks at the beliefs behind veganism and relates that vegans do not consume animal products of any kind, including dairy products such as milk and eggs, and also promote their diet as more healthy than an omnivorous diet. The paper then shows how while the argument for going vegan is strong, it could be argued that merely lessening one's meat consumption and trying to obtain animal products from ethical sources, such as local farms, is equally beneficial for the individual, the environment, and the economy. The author of this paper then provides his rationale for selecting this topic and notes that the most challenging part of researching veganism is the absence of balanced and objective sources. This author concludes with his personal opinion that there is evidence that the diet is beneficial, even if it does not need to be followed as strictly as some of its adherents might advocate.

From the Paper:

"Few subjects provoke more passion than the question of what is 'good to eat.' Even from a nutritional standpoint, people have strong opinions as to whether it is better to go 'low carb' or 'low fat.' Some people think food should just taste good, while others think it should nourish the body. Some foodies intensely question every subtle nuance of every mouthful. But for vegans, eating is an ethical act. Vegans believe that using animals for the purposes of food is wrong--wrong for the planet, as well as cruel to animals.
"Vegans do not consume animal products of any kind, including dairy products such as milk and eggs. "Some vegans feel that one promotes the meat industry by consuming eggs and dairy products. That is, once dairy cows or egg-laying chickens are too old to be productive, they are often sold as meat" (Veganism in a nutshell, VRG, 2010). Animals raised for eggs and milk production are often raised in equally inhumane conditions as animals raised for slaughter: hens may be caged in close, filthy quarters and treated like 'egg laying machines' until they are no longer productive. Milk-producing cows are forced to remain in a state of constant pregnancy, and "since male calves do not produce milk, they usually are raised for veal or other products" (Veganism in a nutshell, VRG, 2010)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • 57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan. Nursing degree. December 27, 2010
  • Bittman, Mark. Rethinking the meat guzzler. The New York Times. January 27, 2008.December 27, 2010.
  • Veganism in a nutshell. The Vegetarian Resource group (VRG). December 27, 2010.

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