Does being vegetarian help animals and is it a sustainable way to live your life? - project plan

Many of my friends who are vegetarian claim that the reason they are is because they love animals or because they want to save animals. So that got me thinking. I love animals, so for a minute I wanted to become vegetarian. But then I thought about it some more, and I asked myself what effect me being vegetarian would have on animals? And what would I be saving them from? And what effects would it have on me? I thought all of these were good questions, so I decided to base my inquiry question off of them.

I will be posting a quiz very soon, so make sure you check it out!

 

Round one will be: What conditions are animals made for selling living and how does being vegetarian help them?

People always say that they are vegetarian because they care about animals and they want to help them, but how is them not eating meat helping? And what are they trying to help? I will be searching for answers to these questions.

Round two will be: How does being vegetarian affect your overall health, and is it a good lifestyle choice?

I've heard that being vegetarian is unhealthy, but I've also heard that it's healthier than regular diets, so I would like to find out once and for all which one is a myth and which one is a fact.

Finally, for round three, I will look at: What are other ways to help animals that are harvested for meat other than becoming vegetarian and are they as effective? 

Many people I know love animals, and they think that the only way to help farmed animals is to become vegetarian. Is there any other way that animal lovers can help farmed animals without changing their diet? And how does that compare to the positive effects being vegetarian has on a farm animal's living situation?

 

If anyone has any ideas on how I should change my question, or things I should add to my project plan, as always any comments are welcome!

 

Also, I just wanted to note that if you are reading this and you are vegetarian, I don't mean to offend you in any way. I don't know a lot about being vegetarian (that's why I chose this question), so if I said anything that was incorrect plz let me know 

 

Thanks for reading!

Jasmine

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Hey Jasmine, 

Interesting topic. You posed a lot of really good questions that I think will lead to some in-depth research. I myself am actually a vegetarian, so I'm really excited for you to do this subject. I especially think that your last round is good because it extends from merely investigating vegetarianism. Just one tip is that when you are looking for sources regarding the health of vegetarian diet that you choose ones that are reputable because there are many articles disproving/proving the advantages without any proof. Good luck with your project, here are some links that you may find helpful. 

https://www.health.harvard.edu...ecoming-a-vegetarian

 

Hi Jasmine, 

Good job on dividing up your research. You have chosen a very intriguing topic, and I’m excited to see where it takes you. In grade 10 science, we were given this project where we were to attempt to reduce our fuel consumption. Interestingly, I went vegetarian a week to also explore different lifestyles. I learned a lot from that experience and did some research prior from starting. For example, I found that an average omnivorous diet produces 2.5 tons of CO2 annually. On the other hand, a vegetarian diet produces 1.7 tons. A lot of the CO2 is produced in the production of harvesting plants that farmers would need to feed the animals with the crops and the transportation. I’ve also discovered that vegetarian diets have been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular risk factors. Evidently, going vegetarian isn’t a concept for everyone. I respect all the various lifestyles people have. Nonetheless, I really enjoy how you will be researching alternatives for those who want to support humane treatment of animals. For example, I know someone who buys free-run meat. Thus, I suggest that you could look into the differences in how these animals are treated.  

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Here are some websites to help you out: 

http://veg.ca/go-veg/the-7-day...ns-to-go-vegetarian/  

https://medium.com/@erinfrey/e...an-diet-c9214ff081d2  

https://www.dietitians.ca/Your...egetarian-Diets.aspx  

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Good luck, 

Alison 

Hi Jasmine, I find this topic very relevant and super interesting! I just went vegetarian myself, and honestly, I didn't put much time into considering what the effects that it will actually have in the end, so I am extremely intrigued and excited to follow the updates on this project plan. ASAPScience recently did a video where they hypothesized what would happen if the whole world went vegetarian, ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANUoAdXfA60)   as did The Infographics Show (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pPwwU1N9hM) I hope these could offer some information for your research! 

Hi Jasmine

This is a great topic because it's really interesting yes, however it's also a topic than many people are interested in and debate about.  I personally eat a lot of meat because i love it.  I see why vegetarians believe what they do, i understand and i don't disagree.  However believe that we aren't wrong.  In nature, it works the same.  The bigger animals eat the smaller animals and after all humans are definitely animals.  I as looking up cites to back up my argument that we are on the top of the food chain so it all works out.  However scientifically speaking it turns out i was wrong.  Then i went to another and said that we are.  So here are a few cites you might find interesting because i certainly did.

https://www.npr.org/sections/t...nk-on-the-food-chain

https://www.smithsonianmag.com...ood-chain-180948053/

Hey Jasmine,

I love your topic! I especially enjoy its relevancy considering the extreme number of people that are turning vegetarian in recent times. I enjoyed that you not only provided the topic for each round of research but also your reasoning behind wanting to research that topic. That was very cool. Perhaps you might be interested in looking into veganism briefly too and seeing how cutting all dairy, eggs, and meat can impact an individual. Obviously, the lack of vitamins from those sources--namely things like calcium, protein, and vitamin b12--can be detrimental to a person. Is there a healthy version of vegetarian or vegan and one so unhealthy it's detrimental? Do these changes actually make any difference in the grand scheme of things--to animals, to farmers, to slaughterhouses--or is it one of those "feel good" changes that people undergo to make themselves feel like they're bettering the world?

Here are a couple sites you may be able to use:
https://www.health.harvard.edu...ecoming-a-vegetarian
https://www.downtoearth.org/go...nment/top-10-reasons
https://www.sciencealert.com/v...ironment-study-finds

Good luck! I look forward to seeing what you find
Joanna

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