Thesis statement: There should be meat free alternatives and more awareness of the benefits of choosing a vegetarian lifestyle as eating less meat is better for an individual’s health and the environmental.
Against Meat Critique “Against Meat” by Jonathon Safran Foer (2009, New York Times Magazine) is intended to educate current non-vegetarians on what vegetarianism is, the benefits of it in terms of health and animal rights, and also the struggles of consistently being a vegetarian. Although Foer does not specifically express what a vegetarian is we can assume he is going off the generally known definition of a person who does not consume the meat of an animal, as oppose to a vegan who does not consume any animal products at all. According to an article about vegetarian Americans, 5% or 16 million Americans classify themselves as vegetarian in 2015, compared to the 1% back in 2009, making vegetarianism a growing trend throughout the US (Raw Food World). Foer proves his opinion on vegetarianism by backing it up with facts from the USDA and his own personal experiences with his babysitter, growing up struggling with being a vegetarian that loves meat, and the decision to marry and raise his child vegetarian. Foer does, however, have a few gaps in his argument about nutrition, the costs associated with vegetarianism, and the lack of a definition of vegetarian.
Critical Analysis of the Vegucated Documentary In 2011, American filmmaker, Marisa Miller Wolfson, made a 76-minute documentary titled, ‘Vegucated.’ Wolfson, a practicing vegan, cites her research on foods and especially animal-based foods as her rationale for opting to go vegan. Notably, upon going vegan, she became healthier, lost weight, and even felt happier because she was no longer contributing to the inhuman treatment of animals. In her quest to become a vegan, Wolfson made the film after moving to New York City. Her concurrent idea in the film is the effects of animal diets versus the effects of vegan diets. Evidently, through its participants, the film illustrates that avoidance of animal products results to weight loss and
“Meats, Dairies, and Eggs, Oh Why” (2014) is an argumentative essay written by Rebecca Dent that explains the benefits of eating a plant-based diet and advocates for the better treatment of the animals affected by the meat industry. Dent supports her assertions by discussing the negative health effects of an
In his essay, “Against Meat”, found in the They say/I say readings, author Jonathon Safron Foer analyzes how he became a vegetarian and how it affected his future lifestyle. Foer delves into his childhood and explains what caused him to become vegetarian, as well as the people that influenced his decision. He also discusses the importance of what pursuing this type of lifestyle can do for those that decide to follow his footsteps. Although meat may contain types of protein and other favorable aspects, Foer and others argue that, in the long run, abstaining from meat provides to be more beneficial for your health.
Jeremy Sarran Professor Blumberg NUFD 173-04 28 September 2017 Anti-Veggie Individual Debate Paper Draft If we were to have to conform to the USDA’s dietary guidelines of a healthy vegetarian eating pattern, a lot of issues would arise. Beyond the social repercussions for trying to impose a diet that the majority does not follow, there is are economic situations that will arise that are far more imperative than any social complaints that may come up in the short term. In our current economy, where we are barely able to keep with other developing nations, we cannot risk damaging any industry that are essential to our gross domestic product (GDP). Along with the effects of decreases to the meat industry, the availability of foods that meet the vegetarian guidelines are skewed to favoring higher income areas. So, if you would take a step back and look beyond the social lens, you will see something potentially far more dangerous.
About a year ago, I asked myself a question why am I not a vegetarian? After all, I am one of the green kids. I grew up with my vegetarian dad in a small town. I even joined a club called “Tree Huggers”. I knew that eating a mere hamburger a day could increase my risk of dying by a third. I knew that the 10 billion animals we raise each year for meat are raised in factory farmed conditions that we hypocritically wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs and other pets. I knew that I was not alone, we as a society are eating twice as much meat as we did in the 50s. So, what was once the special little side treat now is the main course much more regular. What if I told you, that we can change our world through our food choices. The fact
Veganism: It’s More Than Just a Diet Like the majority of teenagers today, I was just browsing YouTube when I stumbled upon a video that has since changed my life. “Earthlings.” The documentary revealed how millions of animals are mercilessly slaughtered in factory farms. Just watching such brutality- void of any type of humanity- was immobilizing. Somehow I made it to the end and came across copious recommended videos, including “Forks Over Knives” and “Cowspiracy.” While they weren’t as graphic as the first, they were definitely informative. After watching these documentaries, I decided to go vegan. This decision wasn’t made lightly, and it wasn’t just for myself. Veganism has long been disputed over, but animal rights activists, environmentalists,
The meat vs. veggie debate is a very heated debate in the world today.To me, it is an intresting topic because of the multitude of opinions and viewpoints on the matter, and aslo the fact that nobody can come to clear consensus on whats right. the claim I will try to prove with my paper is that people can eat anything they like as long as the methods of preparing that food is safe and humane. The audience i am preparing to talk to are vegetarians , vegans and people who are considering choosing these lifestyles . With that said, my wording in my paper must reason with people with differing opinions not belittle them as many others do. By using recent scientific discoveries I plan to poke holes in the popular counter-argument claims that the
“You are what you eat”, a famous saying says. If this were truly the case, then the majority of Americans would be unhealthy, chemically processed, commercially grown slabs of animal meat. And although this is not a particularly pleasing thought, it is the epitome of a standard American diet that consists of Big Macs and Taco Bell. There are a select few who stray from this typical diet, and have altered it to where they can substitute meat with other nutrients. This type of diet is called vegetarianism, and is considered the way to live without poisoning oneself with the harmful and hazardous treatment that animals go through before becoming the next meal on your plates. While vegetarianism was once thought to be a movement without much action,
Veganism 2nd Essay When people ask me what my favorite food is and I replied, “either a burger or pizza,” they then say, “doesn’t that have meat or dairy in it?” This question reflects the social standard of how the meat and dairy industry has influenced people’s perceptions deeply. One essential
Despite the fact that less than half of the population in the United States is reported to be vegan there is no denying that it is a growing dietary trend. Whether or not people are becoming vegan or vegetarian due to reading books like Singer and Mason’s, The Ethics of What We Eat, or watching documentaries similar to Food Inc. there is a revolution happening in the way that people are thinking about their food consumption practices. The media allows one to observe the shortcomings of the agricultural industry and create their own ideas based on what was perceived. Moreover, this exposure allows for people to acknowledge that although the Standard American Diet is convenient and tasteful there are ways to slowly into becoming more ethical
Lifestyles: Vegan and Omnivore As different crazes and fads are appearing each day, we have come to expect them to simply fade away as the hype passes. However, veganism has stood the test of time in our fad society and is still increasing in popularity. Originally only thought to be a religious lifestyle, many people from different walks of life are becoming vegans. However, this poses many questions and sparks heated debates, mainly from omnivorous people who believe that veganism is against life’s natural order. Vegans, then, argue against an omnivorous lifestyle by bringing up facts about humans’ biological makeup and how humans are, contrary to popular belief, herbivorous by nature, not omnivorous. While both sides present good arguments to some, the veganism lifestyle contains more benefits and less harmful cons than an omnivorous lifestyle.
Purpose: The purpose of the argumentative essay is to inform Americans about the benefits of both diets and the treatment of animals for human consumption while arguing that a vegan/vegetarian diet is healthier for American’s
Should all people become vegetarians ? As we can now observe, vegetarianism has become something fashionable, and the number of people who reject eating meat is constantly increasing. In Britain, for instance, over 5 million people have done it so far. It is obviously connected with the recent animal diseases, but this tendency is likely to spread on the other regions of the world. However, it is not only a fashion or fear of illnesses. I myself became a vegetarian about 2 years ago, and I can see a number of reasons why people should stop eating meat. They are mainly of ethic, economic and health type. Those who think in an ecological way should also be aware of how this meat consumption ruins our environment. I don’t have an intention