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Posted 11/23/14 , edited 11/23/14
Well I don't think there is one single answer as to why someone is vegetarian. My mother for instance is a Vegetarian, for the past 70+ years all she has eaten for dinner is navy beans, corn, and potatoes (boiled, mashed, or baked). For her it started when she was little and use to name every animal on the farm which would later be butchered for meat. She thought of them as pets more than food and doesn't eat meat because of it. Oddly though she loves to see how big of deer the hunters bring in even though she doesn't eat meat. When she goes fishing (a past time she still loves to do btw) she doesn't practice catch and release instead she keeps her catch (provided its within legal limits) because its food that can be put on the table and someone will eat it even if she doesn't. All in all we each have our own reasons for doing what we do plain and simple.
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Posted 11/23/14 , edited 11/23/14
I'm a vegetarian. I've got several reasons... It feels wrong to eat meat when I can survive just fine on plant life.. I also have a blood thing which can be aggravated by eating meat... I also just don't particularly enjoy eating meat and it makes my chest hurt. I don't eat many egg or dairy products either, though I don't avoid them entirely.

*shrug* I don't condemn people for eating meat though. Live and let live.

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Funny, just last week the vegan club (yeah) at my school was giving everyone $1 to watch a video of chickens, pigs, and cows in the slaughter house. Some people put the dollar back in the jar, I kept mine
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Funny, just last week the vegan club (yeah) at my school was giving everyone $1 to watch a video of chickens, pigs, and cows in the slaughter house. Some people put the dollar back in the jar, I kept mine


I'd have brought popcorn and a soda.
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Posted 11/24/14 , edited 11/25/14

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PLANTS HAVE FEELINGS TOO!


It is very possible that plants have sensitivities that we do not yet understand. Because plants do not have nervous systems and cannot run away from predators, it has generally been assumed that they do not experience pain and suffering. Recent scientific evidence suggests that the life of plants is more complex than we once thought. However, we do know that birds, mammals and fish have well-developed nervous systems and pain receptors. Like us, they show pleasure and pain and they present comparable evidence of fear and well-being. Animals cry out in pain, they nurse wounded body parts, and they seek to avoid those who have hurt them in the past.
In order to live, one has to eat. However, when we eat animal products, we consume many more plants indirectly than if we ate those plants directly, because the animals we eat are fed huge quantities of grasses, grains, and seeds to be converted into meat, milk, and eggs. As a vegan (one who eats no animal products) you cause fewer beings to suffer and die for you.

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FlyinDumpling wrote:

Funny, just last week the vegan club (yeah) at my school was giving everyone $1 to watch a video of chickens, pigs, and cows in the slaughter house. Some people put the dollar back in the jar, I kept mine


I'd have brought popcorn and a soda.
For a dollar? that's some cheap popcorn.
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Posted 11/24/14
All I know is that it's too expensive to be a vegan.
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Posted 11/24/14

FlyinDumpling wrote:


SpiritWolf15 wrote:


FlyinDumpling wrote:

Funny, just last week the vegan club (yeah) at my school was giving everyone $1 to watch a video of chickens, pigs, and cows in the slaughter house. Some people put the dollar back in the jar, I kept mine


I'd have brought popcorn and a soda.
For a dollar? that's some cheap popcorn.


Brought not bought.

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FlyinDumpling wrote: For a dollar? that's some cheap popcorn.


No, soda and popcorn are only expensive at the theatres.

It's actually LESS than $1 for microwavable bag of popcorn and a can of soda (sometimes even name brand)
You MIGHT have enough left over for a frozen burrito or at least a stick of string-cheese.

Shop smart. It's often $2 for several bags of popcorn, but I find it for $1. And it's $2, sometimes $1, for several cans of soda.

On topic,
Budget makes it tempting to become vegan. Spending as little as I can on food, vegetables are obviously cheaper than meat. Anything cheaper than vegetables is probably bad for you like top ramen (instead of real).... except grain products like rice and even decent pasta which come from PLANTS anyways.

Plantfood is cheaper than animalfood.
Fakefood is cheaper than real food.

Buy plantfood before you resort to a top ramen diet.
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Posted 11/24/14 , edited 11/24/14
I know that a growing trend in vegetarianism has to do with environmentalism as the production of meat is one of the top contributors to climate change.

Some people can't handle the thought of animals being killed or think that it is immoral. It's a fact of life though.

Some people simply don't like the taste of meat.

There are religious beliefs too that require vegetarianism.

I'm sure the list is a long one for the reasons people choose not to eat meat.

Personally.


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Posted 11/24/14

AzazelOfNexium wrote:
I would like to be a vegetarian for the health benefits



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to live a healthier life



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Health reasons


Why is the lie about the health benefits of vegetarianism so widely believed? Meat provides many, many essential nutrients, some of which can't be gotten from plants. Humans have evolved to eat meat. Meat is extremely healthy. The only thing to watch for is calories (which exist in larger numbers in meat than plants, but are even worse in other food items). Even fats have been proven to be healthy. It is true that most of us should eat more vegetables, but anyone moving to a meatless diet for health reasons is an idiot.
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Vegetarianism =/= meatless
There are seven types of vegetarianism, and only four entirely omit meat. Those four are lacto-vegetarianism, vegan, raw vegan, and lacto-ovo-vegetarian. Of those, lacto-ovo-vegetarianism allows for eggs and milk products, and lacto-vegetarianism allows for milk products.

Also, vegetarianism and going vegan is good for an emergency reduction of bad cholesterol and sodium, and for those on the brink of heart bypass surgery or recovering. There are other examples, including emergency weightloss. To dismiss vegetarianism as having no benefits whatsoever is deceptive. It does, in fact, have value during health emergencies.
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According to Merriam-Webster, vegetarian is defined as "a person who does not eat meat." (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetarian?show=0&t=1416865517) Can you please explain how "a person who does not eat meat" that eats meat makes any sense at all. How about, instead of enumerating the 4 categories of vegetarians, you list the categories of people who don't eat meat but eat meat.

You are right about some points within your last paragraph. I guess I (making the mistake of not specifying so) was speaking of people of average health or better. Such people are only hurting themselves with a vegetarian diet.
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Posted 11/24/14
I'm an omnivore, because I'm a human and that's how humans evolved.
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Posted 11/24/14

PatrickAupperleUtexas wrote:



According to Merriam-Webster, vegetarian is defined as "a person who does not eat meat." (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vegetarian?show=0&t=1416865517) Can you please explain how "a person who does not eat meat" that eats meat makes any sense at all. How about, instead of enumerating the 4 categories of vegetarians, you list the categories of people who don't eat meat but eat meat.

You are right about some points within your last paragraph. I guess I (making the mistake of not specifying so) was speaking of people of average health or better. Such people are only hurting themselves with a vegetarian diet.


I know. Vegetarianism is a bit confusing. For whatever reason, there are official categories that differ from Webster's interpretation. Either Webster is currently out of date in that department, or some people made a mistake. I'm leaning towards both, since even my 1989 edition of a Betty Crocker's Cookbook breaks vegetarianism down more thoroughly than Webster. I wouldn't be surprised, to be honest, since Webster isn't exactly known as much of a source for research. The types of vegetariansim that don't completely abstain from animal products are more known as semi-vegetarianism.

I also question lifelong hard-core vegetarianism/veganism.
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