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Hi all : I've been a vegetarian all my life. Good to know that there is a board for vegetarians to share their thoughts on food, lifestyle and so on.
 

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Wow. Awesome. I finally met one. So, are both your parents vegetarian? How old are you. What variety of vegetarian argue.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and hi!
 

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Wow! Welcome!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
I second all of epski's questions! Must have details! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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My parents are vegetarian. I belong to the South Indian Brahmin community who are normally strict vegetarians. Vegans are pretty rare in India!<br><br><br><br>
I live in the US now though.
 

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Your doing what most of us can only deam of!<br><br><br><br>
Tell me, have you ever been had temptation to join the meat eating side?<br><br><br><br>
oh, and G'day and Welcome to VB!
 

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That's great! Welcome to VB! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I have tasted meat, but somehow I seem to like my veggies better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I think most of it has to do with growing up vegetarian.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks everyone for welcoming me in! I didn't expect the board to be this friendly.
 

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Welcome to VB, aanandk! I look forward to reading your posts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi aanandk! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:"> I have a friend who's been vegetarian her whole life. She's one of the healthiest people I know! Welcome to the boards! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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welcome to vb! hope ya enjoy yourself and i look forward to hearing your perspective as a life long veg on different issues. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Great to have you here! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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One of the things I do not like about my vegetarian friends is that they tend to be prudish, almost assuming an elevated moral status. While it is clear that a vegetarian diet does not directly kill animals, I'm still not sure (although quite possible) if the earth could take it if everyone went completely vegetarian. I was telling my friend about the fact that agriculture by its nature makes land unusable after a period of time and also that many animals, like rodents, lose their habitat and are also killed during agricultural operations.<br><br><br><br>
While these are points that can be argued for and against, what fundamentally upset me is that in a sense, I associate being vegetarian with a sense of humility. And it irks me sometimes when some of my friends go blustering about their vegetarianism.<br><br><br><br>
What do you guys think ?
 

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Hi aanandk, Welcome to VB.<br><br><br><br>
I'm sure the the earth could take it when everyone becomes veg*n (stands for vegetarian and or vegan).<br><br><br><br>
Producing meat is very unefficient.
 

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Hi aanandk. I think that the agricultural operations used to <i>feed</i> animals raised for meat exceed the scope of what would be needed to feed us all as veg*ns.<br><br><br><br>
I agree that a sense of humility is preferable to a high-handed holier-than-thou sort of attitude!<br><br><br><br>
See you around the boards. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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LOL LOL LOL!<br><br><br><br>
A world on a vegan diet would take a <b>fraction</b> of the land, water, and other resources. Do you seriously think a vegan diet is more wasteful? NOTHING is more wasteful than meat production. That's why I went vegan originally!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
The farmland currently in use on this planet could feed 10 billion vegetarians. If, however, the current 6 billion humans would eat as much meat as the average American, we would need <b>four</b> Planet Earths to produce all the feed for the animals...!<br><br><br><br>
Source: "The Future Of Life" by E.O.Wilson (I think! But I can check where it is...)<br><br><br><br>
We have to be thankful to your people (and others) for predominantly NOT eating meat! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wayne:"><br><br><br><br>
p.s. Welcome!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Hi Oatmeal and Sunnyk. I'll check out "The Future of Life". The one problem that I've noticed with books or articles on this issue is that the author invariably has already taken a stance before delving into the pros and cons.<br><br><br><br>
There's no question in my mind however, that a vegan diet is less wasteful of resources.<br><br><br><br>
I'm not vegan actually .... and don't think I can ever be one, given that I love milk so much!! I've been sampling soy milk as a substitute these days. But coffee tastes so much better with dairy than soy milk.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by aanandk</i><br><br><b>The one problem that I've noticed with books or articles on this issue is that the author invariably has already taken a stance before delving into the pros and cons.</b></div>
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Then you will be glad to hear that the books of E.O.Wilson are nothing like that. They are NOT "on this issue", they're no veg*n propaganda books. In case you don't know Wilson, he has been a legendary biology professor at Harvard for many decades now and he's considered by many (people smarter than me) to be the greatest biologist of the 20th century, and even, since he wrote "Consilience", to be the greatest scientist alive today. Unfortunately there is no Nobel Price in Biology, but he won everything else he could (even two Pulitzer Prices).<br><br><br><br>
You would be hard pressed to find a more credible source regarding anything involving living things than him.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">I'm not vegan actually .... and don't think I can ever be one, given that I love milk so much!!</div>
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But of course you can...! No problem... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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