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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?

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Vegetarianism can result in nutritional deficiencies and doesn’t promote environmental conservation.
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Vegetarianism can have a large carbon footprint

A vegetarian diet can harm the environment due to eating fruits/vegetables that are imported because they aren't locally in season.

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Popular fruits such as blueberries and strawberries are often imported in by air when they're out of season locally. Meanwhile, millions of hectares of forest have been cleared in the past years to make land for the production of palm oil, soy, and cacao.[1] Other foods like nuts, rice, olives, and oats require thousands upon thousands of liters of fresh water for a single kilogram. A purely vegetarian diet can be seriously detrimental to the environment. The carbon footprint of a vegetarian, depending on what he/she eats, could be as large as that of the average meat eater.

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[P1] A vegetarian diet contributes to a large carbon footprint and isn't environmentally sustainable.

Rejecting the premises


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