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Hey veggieboards,

Is there any scientific articles you could link me to that supports or disfavors the premise of the whole world becoming vegetarian? I'm talking about changes in health, world hunger, water usage, pollution, deforestation, sealife/landlife ecosystems, businesses, etc, etc. So, if you have any good information you could share, please do because I would love to read it!!!!

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You would probably struggle to find any strictly scientific articles that dare more than hint that global vegetarianism could benefit the world.

Probably just as much of a struggle to find any strictly scientific articles that dare more than hint that meat eating is behind any of the problems with the world also.

Any genuinely scientific articles on benefit/detriment to health, world hunger, water usage, pollution, deforestation, sealife/landlife ecosystems (not sure about businesses) are usefull though ...

All you need to work out if meat eating/vegetarianism is 'cause or cure' is one of those little triangular diagrams they use to show small children how the food chain works.

Owt that is a problem caused by too many unnatural animals (humans and their vast flocks and herds) placing unnatural demands on the Earth and its resources should be pretty clear.

Welcome to the forum, btw
 

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/environmen...meat-free-diet

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A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report said today.
As the global population surges towards a predicted 9.1 billion people by 2050, western tastes for diets rich in meat and dairy products are unsustainable, says the report from United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) international panel of sustainable resource management.
It says: "Impacts from agriculture are expected to increase substantially due to population growth increasing consumption of animal products. Unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives: people have to eat. A substantial reduction of impacts would only be possible with a substantial worldwide diet change, away from animal products."
Professor Edgar Hertwich, the lead author of the report, said: "Animal products cause more damage than [producing] construction minerals such as sand or cement, plastics or metals. Biomass and crops for animals are as damaging as [burning] fossil fuels."
The recommendation follows advice last year that a vegetarian diet was better for the planet from Lord Nicholas Stern, former adviser to the Labour government on the economics of climate change. Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has also urged people to observe one meat-free day a week to curb carbon emissions.
The panel of experts ranked products, resources, economic activities and transport according to their environmental impacts. Agriculture was on a par with fossil fuel consumption because both rise rapidly with increased economic growth, they said.
The UN endorses it
 

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Articles like that frustrate and depress me because I know it will never happen. The enormous benefits of a vegetarian/vegan diet are obvious, but most people won't even consider changing.
 
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