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Going Green: Exploring the Benefits and Joys of Vegetarianism

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Every human activity has a significant effect on the environment. Likewise, food consumption activities carried out by humans have their own environmental consequences. However, adopting a vegan or vegetarian diet is one of the healthiest ways we can save the earth, because a vegan diet has the least environmental impact.

Source: Medicine Today[1]

How does going vegetarian help the environment?

1. Vegetarianism can slow climate change.

By becoming vegetarian, we will help to reduce the amount of demand for meat that causes reduced livestock production. Did you know that livestock production produces more greenhouse gases than all the cars and trucks in the world? Therefore being a vegetarian is one effective way to protect the environment.

2. Vegetarianism helps reduce pollution to the ecosystem.

Livestock production also produces pollution in the form of animal waste which usually damages aquatic ecosystems and even destroys the topsoil and pollutes the air. So reducing the demand for meat will help reduce livestock pollution which damages natural ecosystems.

3. Vegetarianism reduces damage and deforestation.

Deforestation is a major problem faced in protecting wild animal habitats. However, it is unfortunate that 30% of the earth's surface that is used for farming destroys the natural habitat of wild animals, such as through deforestation. This is another reason why demand for meat can help protect wild animals' native habitats.

Source: The New Daily[2]

What are the types of vegetarian diet?

1. Vegan

A person who does not eat any food derived from animals (meat, poultry, fish, eggs) and who typically does not use other animal products.

2. Lacto-Vegetarian

A person who abstains from eating meat, eggs, fish, poultry, as well as foods that contain them.

3. Ovo-Vegetarian

Is a type of vegetarianism which allows for the consumption of eggs but not dairy products, in contrast with lacto-vegetarianism.

4. Lacto-Ovo vegetarian

A person who eats vegetables, eggs, and dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter) but who does not eat meat.

5. Pollotarian

A person who consumes no animal flesh (red meat or pork products) with the exception of chicken or other poultry such as turkey

6. Pescatarian

A person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

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