Yes, I do follow Earthling Ed’s work- his arguments are both logical and backed by research. Of course emotions are involved in ethical decision-making, if that’s considered bias...so be it. If you feel like I’ve made any claims with “half knowledge”, I’d like to hear your side, point out what I said that’s wrong. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

I’ve heard both sides of the argument, vegans and vegetarians just make a lot more sense. I draw my own conclusions. If my understanding of the environmental/moral aspect of the issue is superficial, please go ahead. I’d love to heard about your deeper understanding of the topic.

Environment:

“Plant-based diets reduce food’s emissions by up to 73% depending where you live. This reduction is not just in greenhouse gas emissions, but also acidifying and eutrophying emissions which degrade terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Freshwater withdrawals also fall by a quarter. Perhaps most staggeringly, we would require ~3.1 billion hectares (76%) less farmland”

https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2018-06-01-new-estimates-environmental-cost-food

Link to Oxford Study-https://science.sciencemag.org/content/360/6392/987

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (United Nations) 2019 Special Report-https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2019/11/SRCCL-Full-Report-Compiled-191128.pdf

Diagram (part of the same report) showing GHG mitigation potential of different diets-

https://www.ipcc.ch/srccl/chapter/chapter-5/5-5-mitigation-options-challenges-and-opportunities/5-5-2-demand-side-mitigation-options/5-5-2-1-mitigation-potential-of-different-diets/figure-5-12/

World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity (2017)-https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/67/12/1026/4605229

There’s a reason why environmental vegetarianism is a thing.

Health (which I didn’t touch upon in the article, but here you go anyway):

Position of the American Dietetic Association, (which is the the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals)-https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19562864/

The Oxford Vegetarian Study-https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/70/3/525s/4714981

Morality: I don’t think I need to include any research here and I’ve already expressed my views

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