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Vegetarianism: Overview

Definition

Vegetarianism: Having one’s food source be primarily of plant origin, for health, ethical, moral, religious, ecological or economic reasons. There are three types of vegetarians: ovo-lactovegetarians, who do not eat meat but use milk, milk products, and eggs; lactovegetarians, who consume milk products but no meat or eggs; vegans, or pure vegetarians, who avoid all animal foods in any form. (Prentice-Hall Dictionary of Nutrition and Health)

Narrow the Topic

There are many ways to narrow your focus as you investigate vegetarianism. Some possible things to think about include:

  • What are the ecological concerns about livestock production and meat consumption?
  • What is the impact on one's health and nutrition of meat and dairy consumption?
  • Does adopting a vegetarian diet have any implications for the global food supply and the problem of hunger?
  • What are livestock factories and are they inhumane?
  • Do humans have an ethical obligation to animals?
  • What factors need to be considered when changing to a vegetarian life style?
  • How does vegetarianism intersect with feminism?

Overview Resources

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