I found the comment below in the forum “Steady Health“
In this forum people are debating the pros and cons of being vegetarian. I personally find myself that a lot of the comments in this debate were directly related to ignorance. The only one I found that made sense is the one below. Unfortunately there is no name; just the user “veganlee”: Enjoy!
I know it was a while ago that this topic started but I couldnt read all the nonsence that had been written without writing something myself!
So far the arguments AGAINST vegetarianism are; a lack of iron, the difficulty in sourcing protein, we are designed to eat both meat and plants and animals are humanely killed.
So, first I will mention the iron – Dried beans and dark green leafy vegetables are especially good sources of iron, even better on a per calorie basis than meat. According to the FDA iron deficiancy is not hugely common in vegetarians. (I know a large number of meat eaters that are anaemic.)
Protein – In a standard meat eating diet often people take in too much protein. Protein from meat can in fact have a negative effect on calcium uptake in the body. Protein can be found in high quanities from beans, nuts, fruit and vegetables. I am vegan and ALWAYS get enough protein in my diet without even thinking about it. Protein combining is of course necessery, but not difficult – beans on toast or lentils and rice give you a full amino acid count, one does not have to combine the protein in one meal, just over a day.
According to the British Nutrition Foundation – “A well-planned and varied vegetarian diet will provide adequate energy and sufficient amounts of these nutrients.”
Someone mentioned that we were not DESIGNED to eat a plant based diet. Well for one thing we were not designed at all, we have evolved, according to Darwins theory. Not many people know this but Darwin himself was vegetarian and believed humans should not eat meat. We have much longer intestines than all other carnivores, cannot stomach raw meat and do not have the sharp teeth necessery for ripping apart flesh.
It was also mentioned that animals are “humanely” bred and slaughtered. This is a very ignorant statement from someone that has obviously never researched the subject correctly. A caged hen is kept in a cage smaller than the size of an A4 piece of paper. In britain 60% of eggs on supermarket shelves are from caged hens. A dairy cow could easily live 20 years, however after about 5 years it will collapse with exhaustion and be sent to a slaughterhouse.
“If slaughterhouses had glass walls we’d all be vegetarian.” Sir Paul McCartney
I think one of the most important arguments for vegetarianism at the moment is the effect the meat industry has on the enviroment. A study looked at a steak dinner compared to a stir fried veg dinner and found that the meat dinner had 25 times the carbon footprint than the veg. Shifting entirely from an average American diet to a vegetable-based one would reduce the same emissions as 8,000 miles driven per year.
So there ya go, some arguments FOR vegetarianism.