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Why people in rich countries are eating more vegan

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IT IS lunchtime and a queue is forming for the burgers at Krowarzywa, voted the city’s best in an online poll: students, families, businessmen in suits. This is Warsaw, where (you might think) lunch is usually a slab of meat with a side order of sausage. But at Krowarzywa—which means “cow alive” and contains the word warzywa, meaning vegetables—no animals were harmed in the making of the food. The burgers are made of millet, tofu or chickpeas. The bestselling “vegan pastrami” is made of seitan, a wheat-based meat substitute.https://www.economist.com/briefing/2018/10/13/why-people-in-rich-countries-are-eating-more-vegan-food?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/whypeopleinrichcountriesareeatingmoreveganfoodtheretreatfrommeat
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Most people have the connotation that if you are a vegan, you are healthier than those who eat meat. But this is not the case all the time. You still have to balance your diet to keep yourself healthier, vegan or not. Sometimes, it's just a matter of preference.
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Are you a vegan? Why do you think people choose to eat vegan food?
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Because they are better educated and know what is healthier and better for the planet
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Because they are better educated and know what is healthier and better for the planet
Am from a 3rd world country and we have a lot of vegetarian.
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Am from a 3rd world country and we have a lot of vegetarian.
The ethical argument I understand. The environmental and health arguments are just nonsense though. Make ethical decisions what meat to eat, but drinking almond milk imported from the Mediterranean rather than cow juice from your local farm, and believing you are helping the planet by doing so, is ridiculous.
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The ethical argument I understand. The environmental and health arguments are just nonsense though. Make ethical decisions what meat to eat, but drinking almond milk imported from the Mediterranean rather than cow juice from your local farm, and believing you are helping the planet by doing so, is ridiculous.
It is better for the environment, silly to dispute that with all the evidence. Sure some vegan foods will use more resources but overall your carbon foot print is significantly lower than your average non vegan.
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A lot of people think it’s cool to eat vegan food. That's why they are choosing it.
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Because they are pretentious and believe that they are better than everybody else.
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Actually, a full vegan diet is not healthier or better for the planet.
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Actually, a full vegan diet is not healthier or better for the planet.
In order to grow plants, you need to transport water from other places which is never a good idea- the nearby environments are damaged because of it.
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Actually, a full vegan diet is not healthier or better for the planet.
And you have to grow exponentially more plants to farm cows, pigs, etc. See the problem?
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And you have to grow exponentially more plants to farm cows, pigs, etc. See the problem?
I never said that a full non vegan diet is the answer. (Hint: I said a FULL vegan diet is not the answer.) There are tons of articles online explaining how a vegan diet is not sustainable... but yea the rich are “educated”. All they do is follow fads that's all.
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