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.
“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”
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-
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