Could all of humanity one day become vegetarian

Vegetarian and vegan - diet without meat

Vegetarian

“Vegetarian” is derived from the Latin “vegetus” and means something like fresh, lively, lively. And that actually explains the most important thing: vegetarians do not eat meat, i.e. no dead animals (this does not include fish or other marine life). Even so, vegetarians continue to eat animal products such as eggs, milk, and cheese.

Some people don't eat meat, but they still eat fish. These people are called "pescetarians". Others don't eat meat or milk, but eat eggs and cheese. Everyone decides for himself what he or she can represent. Perhaps there are personal reasons for not wanting to drink milk anymore, but not being able to do without eggs and cheese yet. In common usage, however, vegetarian only stands for "no meat".

Vegan

The term “vegan” was coined by the Englishman Donald Watson. He used the word as a new, more extreme split from "vegetariat“(German: vegetarian) a. To do this, he simply pulled the first three letters and the last two together.

Vegans limit the foods they put on the table even more. They generally do not consume food that comes from an animal. Be it cheese, milk, eggs or honey. So your diet is purely plant-based. Most vegans not only base their food but also their lifestyle on the protection of animals. For example, some vegans choose not to wear sheep's wool sweaters or leather items. Vegans also pay attention to products that have not been tested on animals when it comes to hygiene products such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste and the like. So you don't use anything that has been tested on animals - for example to see whether the skin of the animals reacts negatively to the shampoo or not.

Reasons to be vegetarian or vegan

One reason to live vegetarian or vegan is that animals and humans are seen as equal living beings. They want to treat animals just as we would like to be treated. In the opinion of many vegetarians and vegans, humans have no right to kill and exploit animals. Harvesting means stealing eggs from chickens, stealing honey from bees, or getting cows pregnant to get milk. By renouncing meat or animal foods, some also protest against factory farming. Many farm animals, such as pigs, cows and chickens, are not kept in a species-appropriate manner. They are kept in cages that are too small, tortured and fattened so that they can be slaughtered and sold particularly quickly.

Other vegetarians and vegans don't eat meat because they want to protect the environment. The processing of meat produces a lot of CO² and promotes climate change. CO² means carbon dioxide. In small amounts, CO² is useful as plants convert CO² into oxygen - the substance we need to breathe. But if too much CO² is produced in the world, for example too large quantities through the production of meat, all of the CO² in the world cannot be broken down properly. The effect of too much CO² in the world is called the greenhouse effect and ensures that we are always warmer.
Meat is also avoided by many in order to do something against hunger in the world. Animal feed for pigs and cattle is currently being grown on more arable land than food that can be used directly by humans, such as grain, fruit and vegetables. To stop these processes, vegans and vegetarians no longer want to buy and eat meat. They want to reduce demand, which means that fewer people in the supermarket use meat and animal products.

Rules for vegetarians and vegans

In principle, not eating meat is healthy. Vegetarians and vegans do not consume as much unhealthy animal fats. In return, they get a lot of vitamins and fiber from fruits and vegetables. Non-meat eaters have lower blood pressure, fewer heart attacks, and are less likely to be overweight. All in all, it can lead to longer, healthier lives - but only if done correctly. This means, like mixed eaters, you should make sure that you consume enough fruit, vegetables, grains, fats and proteins.

If people do not consume animal products, important nutrients such as iron, iodine and calcium may be missing. These are nutrients that we take in specifically through food. The body needs these to stay healthy. But here, too, there are big differences: Some people have no health disadvantages at all by not eating meat or animal products if they have a varied diet. Others, who may have struggled more and more with their health, may well be lacking important nutrients. It is therefore important to listen to your body and replace the missing nutrients if necessary. One should inform oneself carefully beforehand. Of course, it is always important to ensure a balanced, varied and healthy diet - regardless of whether you are a mixed eater, a vegetarian or a vegan.

Children as vegans?

A healthy, balanced diet is particularly important for children. A child needs more minerals and vitamins per day than an adult in order to grow and concentrate well. A vegan or vegetarian diet is also possible for children. As with any diet, however, parents must ensure that sufficient nutrients are being absorbed through the food. It is always important to educate yourself about nutrition. With a vegan diet, it makes sense to take vitamin B12 as a dietary supplement. B12 is available, for example, as drops or tablets. Nevertheless, if you are properly informed about vegan and vegetarian nutrition, you can live just as well and happily without meat.

How many times a week do you eat meat? Could you do without it entirely?