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According to the Wall Street Journal , vegetarians live longer than meat-eaters

Vegetarian Web Site

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Here's another web site for vegetarians. Consider it vegetarianism 101. Tags: vegetarian Really good, basic information.

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This man argues that vegetarianism is immoral. Vegetarianism is based on the principle that animals matter, morally. Why is it immoral? Because it is "based. on the principle that animals are morally equivalent to humans." It says nothing about whether animals are "morally equivalent" to humans (whatever that means). The author seems to grasp this point in his penultimate paragraph, but doesn't notice that it undercuts his argument.

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Vegetarianism is overdetermined. If all you care about is animals, you should be a vegetarian. If all you care about is the natural environment, you should be a vegetarian. If all you care about is yourself , you should be a vegetarian. If all you care about is human beings, you should be a vegetarian. If all you care about is your children, you should be a vegetarian

A New Generation of Vegetarians?

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A recent federally funded study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1 in 200 American adolescents are vegetarians. Tags: vegetarian us food Is this a long-term trend? Stay tuned.

Rising Chef David Chang Won't Kowtow to Vegetarians

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What's the big deal about having vegetarian dishes? Since when are vegetarians so threatening? Why the discrimination? And what's with the dead pig? David Chang seems over the top to me. And a few other choice words that I probably shouldn't write. But, he's a STAH! And the bigger a jerk he is, probably the more media he'll get.

Moral Vegetarianism

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If you'd like to read Andrew Tardiff's 1996 essay "Simplifying the Case for Vegetarianism," write to me (by clicking "Contact" in the sidebar) and I'll send a copy. The essay is fabulous

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 13 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. CONCLUSION There is no doubt that moral vegetarianism will continue to be a position that attracts people concerned with the plight of animals and with humanitarian goals. Although I have found no compelling moral arguments for vegetarianism, there still may be reasons why morally sensitive people would wish to become vegetarians. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Becoming Vegetarian

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Moral Vegetarianism, Part 12 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Conversely, vegetarianism, it is argued, tends to humanize people. The argument from brutalization, however, does not appear to postulate a logical connection between vegetarianism and inhumanity but rather a psychological one. Pacifists like Gandhi are often cited as examples of people who are vegetarians and who are opposed to violence. But Hitler was also a vegetarian.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 1 of 13

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A third of a century ago, when the modern animal-liberation movement was in its infancy, Martin published an essay entitled “A Critique of Moral Vegetarianism,” Reason Papers (fall 1976): 13-43. I suspect that many readers of this blog are Christians but not vegetarians. You will, therefore, agree with Martin about moral vegetarianism but not about Christianity. I’m just the opposite; I agree with him about Christianity but not about moral vegetarianism.

Philip E. Devine on the Vegetarian's Dilemma

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Either the vegetarian argues on utilitarian premises, or he tries to supplement or replace his utilitarianism with some plausible non-utilitarian principles implying the wrongfulness of rearing and killing animals for food. Vegetarianism is unsupported (from 4, tautology).

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 5 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. ARGUMENTS FOR MORAL VEGETARIANISM A variety of arguments have been given for vegetarianism. I outline two arguments of this sort in what follows in order to illustrate some of the difficulties in evaluating moral vegetarianism. I assume—although this assumption may not be justified—that Dr. Kellogg was using this stunt to show the moral superiority of vegetarianism.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 4 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. If so, the lactovo vegetarian should have no qualms about someone’s eating such legs. But keep in mind that many lactovo vegetarians care about how animal products are produced, not just the fact that they are animal products. Would the blood drinker be sinning against the principles of lactovo moral vegetarianism or just the principles of vegan moral vegetarianism?

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 2 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. SOME PROBLEMS OF MORAL VEGETARIANISM With respect to traditional moral vegetarianism some problems immediately come to the fore. Depending on the answer to this question, moral arguments for vegetarianism could be undercut by technology. Who Should Not Eat Meat, or What Does a Vegetarian Feed His Dog? It is at best a side issue in the debate about moral vegetarianism.

Philip E. Devine on Demi-Vegetarianism

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Finally, one might, without accepting vegetarian ideas oneself, still feel that vegetarians are entitled to the kind of respect frequently accorded to pacifists by those who do not share their convictions.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 6 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Glass-Walled Slaughter Houses Mel Morse, former president of the Humane Society of the United States, once remarked: “If every one of our slaughter houses were constructed of glass this would be a nation of vegetarians.” Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 11 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. The Argument from Human Grain Shortage All of the clearly moral arguments for vegetarianism given so far have been in terms of animal rights and suffering. New moral vegetarianism, however, rests on moral arguments couched in terms of human welfare. Given a depressed demand for meat caused by widespread vegetarianism, other economic moves could be made.

Philip E. Devine on Vegetarianism

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There are two approaches a vegetarian might take in arguing that rearing and killing animals for food is morally offensive. A vegetarian of the first sort has no grounds for objecting to the eating of animals—molluscs for example—too rudimentary in their development to feel pain. Such a vegetarian will, however, object to the drinking of milk, since the production of milk requires a painful separation between cow and calf.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 10 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism The Argument from Superior Aliens’ Invasion John Harris advances the following consideration to show the immorality of eating meat. Suppose that tomorrow a group of beings from another planet were to land on Earth, beings who considered themselves as superior to you as you feel yourself to be to other animals.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 7 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. This argument of the vegetarian has a point. On the other hand, the animal kingdom per se (in contrast to particular animal species) does not provide any morally relevant grounds for the positive content of vegetarianism. The vegetarian, to make his case, must draw a line—a morally relevant line—between the plant kingdom and the animal kingdom.

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 8 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Becoming a vegetarian is not merely a symbolic gesture. Becoming a vegetarian is the most practical and effective step one can take towards [sic; kbj] ending both the killing of non-human [sic; kbj] animals and the infliction of suffering upon them. First, it is dubious that becoming a vegetarian would have much effect on present practice. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 9 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Some vegetarians have argued that it is impossible for one to maintain without absurdity that animals have a right not to suffer pain and yet have no right to life. But far from supporting moral vegetarianism, these alternative analyses seem to make moral vegetarianism even more difficult to support in terms of animal rights. Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Moral Vegetarianism, Part 3 of 13

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For an explanation of this feature, click on “Moral Vegetarianism” at the bottom of this post. Most moral vegetarians list fish and fowl as animals one should not eat. Vegan vegetarians who eat only vegetables, fruit, and nuts do not completely remove all microorganisms from their food, even with repeated cleaning. Has the vegetarian who eats microorganisms along with his salad sinned against his own principles? Tags: Moral Vegetarianism

Michael Fox on Vegetarianism

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But even this fails to establish a case for vegetarianism. The strongest part of [Peter] Singer's case against meat eating is his brief discussion of the world food crisis. It is a patent truth that by any conceivable health standards most North Americans are overfed. More specifically, they eat far more meat than is necessary to maintain adequate nutrition. Surely some of the excess food they consume should be distributed, in some form, to the starving millions of the world.

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His Beef with Vegetarianism

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The author, Daniel Lazare, is hostile to vegetarianism. Here is an essay from The Nation, which bills itself as " a progressive journal." Why is it that so many progressives think it's silly to accord moral status to animals? Then again, progressives think abortion is merely a medical procedure, devoid of moral significance. In fact, as anyone with any sense knows, it destroys human life, depriving fetuses of activities, experiences, projects, and enjoyments.

Vegetarianism and IQ

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According to this study published today in the British Journal of Medicine , "Higher IQ at age 10 years was associated with an increased likelihood of being vegetarian at age 30." The study also found that: "IQ remained a statistically significant predictor of being vegetarian as an adult after adjustment for social class (both in childhood and currently), academic or vocational qualifications, and sex."

Jan Narveson on Moral Vegetarianism

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And the other is taking up vegetarianism. But what about the vegetarian alternative? How do we know but what, once we got used to a vegetarian diet, we would find that our pleasure is scarcely diminished at all? Human ingenuity is great, and undoubtedly a skilful vegetarian cook can come up with quite a panoply of delicious dishes.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on the Ridicule of Vegetarians

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But what of the many individual failures, it is asked, among those who make trial of Vegetarianism? The doctor looks wise, shakes his head, and informs a sorrowing circle that it is the direct result of "his vegetarianism."

Belgian City of Ghent Goes Vegetarian!

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According to this BBC story, city officials in Ghent, Belgium, are encouraging all residents to go vegetarian one day a week. As a result, the main menu in restaurants on Thursdays will be vegetarian. Starting in September, schools will serve vegetarian meals to schoolchildren on Thursdays as well. The city is promoting vegetarianism as a way to reduce its environmental footprint and to help tackle obesity.

Another Reason to Go Vegetarian

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Better yet, go vegetarian and stop having to worry about poisoning yourself or a loved one We can thank factory farming for yet another antibiotic-resistant supergerm: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA). MRSA is a form of staph bacteria resistant to antibiotics (including methicillin). According to Stephanie Woodard's column in Prevention published today, the CDC reports that "certain types of MRSA infections kill 18,000 Americans per year—more than die from AIDS."

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on Vegetarian Athletes

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The close connection of Vegetarianism with temperance, simplicity, and general hardihood has been discovered by many thousands of persons since Dr. Cheyne recorded it, and has had its latest illustration in the doings of the Vegetarian Cycling Club , whose remarkable achievements have shown once more that flesh-eating is not by any means a necessary condition of athletic prowess. Salt , The Logic of Vegetarianism: Essays and Dialogues [London: The Ideal Publishing Union, 1899], 74

Growing Meat vs. Going Vegetarian

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Every day, some people switch from meat-based diets to vegetarian diets. Consider, e.g., the traditional low animal-protein diets in rural China and the vegetarian diets of 15 million Jains.) At the same time, try a vegetarian diet for a month. Get a good vegetarian cookbook—preferably one with full-page enticing photos of succulent vegetarian dishes.

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies!

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Economic Conditions Make People Eat Less Steak

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PETA Commercial Makes it to "The View"

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J. Baird Callicott on the Catastrophe of Vegetarianism

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From the ecological point of view, for human beings universally to become vegetarians is tantamount to a shift of trophic niche from omnivore with carnivorous preferences to herbivore. A vegetarian human population is therefore probably ecologically catastrophic. ( The shift is a downward one on the trophic pyramid, which in effect shortens those food chains terminating with man.

Henry S. Salt (1851-1939) on the Appeal of Vegetarianism

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It cannot be too strongly stated that the appeal of Vegetarianism, as of all humane systems, is not to heart alone, nor to brain alone, but to brain and heart combined, and if its claims fail to win this double judgment they are necessarily void and invalid. Salt , The Logic of Vegetarianism: Essays and Dialogues [London: The Ideal Publishing Union, 1899], 3

Why Greg Boyd Became a Vegetarian

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PETA's Veggie Commercial Too Sexy for NBC

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