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What are the pros and cons of vegetarianism? Show more Show less

Vegetarianism has been adopted by different people and cultures since the beginning of human history. However, up until recently, vegetarianism has primarily been a lifestyle resulting from religion or distaste towards meat. With the rise of interest in a vegetarian lifestyle, what are the pros and cons of vegetarianism?

Cons of vegetarianism Show more Show less

Vegetarianism can result in nutritional deficiencies and doesn’t promote environmental conservation.
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Vegetarianism hurts and damages regional diets

Many of the foods that are popular among vegetarians are exotic and imported, leaving the people that the food is indigenous to without the staples that they need.
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Context

The Argument

Popular foods such as the avocado and quinoa can only be grown in certain parts of the world. However, their immense demand has pushed prices up so high that locals who have relied on these foods as their staple for years are now unable to afford them. In places that export avocados like Mexico, a kilogram of avocados costs the equivalent of the daily minimum wage.[1] Meanwhile, in places like the Andes where quinoa is grown and exported, the grain has become too expensive for local people to buy, but the grain has been a staple fo the region's diet for years. Vegetarianism has caused people to put certain foods on a pedestal—among them the avocado and quinoa—causing harm to the very people who grow these foods and have always relied on these foods, but are no longer able to obtain them.

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Framing

Premises

[P1] Popularity of vegetarianism and of certain foods causes easy access to those foods to be taken away from the people who need it most.

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References

  1. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/veganism-environment-veganuary-friendly-food-diet-damage-hodmedods-protein-crops-jack-monroe-a8177541.html

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