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KieronGames
September 9th, 2011, 06:00 PM
This is for opinions on what people think. Would we be healthier? Would be over populated? Would we die? Or something else?

aruchan
September 9th, 2011, 06:08 PM
We're already pretty overpopulated, so that point is sort of answered. I think the world would be a lot better place if we were all vegetarian, as it means food would be more plentiful, water more accessible, and a better quality of life for most if not all. It takes a lot more work and water to produce meat than vegetables, and much of the crops we feed to the farm animals could be used to feed the hungry in poorer nations.
In addition, cow farming produces a significant amount of methane, and vegetarianism on a global scale would offset a decent part of our current gas-in this case methane-emissions.
There is no real downside to the world becoming vegetarian.

Esper
September 9th, 2011, 09:18 PM
I welcome the rest of the world to their new-found dietary horizons.

Since vegetarians are usually more concerned with nutrition and having balanced diets I imagine society as a whole would turn out more health-conscious. There might be some trouble adjusting initially (what are we gonna do with all those cows?), but in the end nothing bad will happen and I'll be able to go into any restaurant or grocery store and not have to worry about finding something good to eat.

And yeah, all that environmental stuff too is a plus.

zappyspiker
September 9th, 2011, 09:20 PM
I'D DIE CAUSE I LOVE MEAT AND CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT IT Truthfully I'd probably suffer at first because I eat a lot of meat. Hopefully I'd probably survive it in the end and get used to it.

PlatinumDude
September 9th, 2011, 11:00 PM
As zappyspiker said, I'd suffer first, then become used to the new lifestyle, since I mostly eat meat. Also, the world would be overpopulated by cows and chickens.

Pokemon Trainer Touko
September 10th, 2011, 01:15 AM
Animals will be overpopulated for not being eaten, humans will also be overpopulated for being healthier and some people will lose their jobs. Aaand, unlike Zappyspiker and PlatinumDude, I am a vegetarian so I wouldn't suffer. :D

OriginGiratina
September 10th, 2011, 04:20 AM
We would be weaker and sometimes sick because vegetables have nutrients that meat hasn't and the reverse. We need both things to survive.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
September 10th, 2011, 04:25 AM
I'd personally commit suicide. And the population would be left without a good source of protein, farmers who deal mostly in meat would lose their jobs, and many restaurants and companies like meat-packers would go out of business. Basically it would result in nothing but ruin and chaos.

Such a world terrifies me.

Zet
September 10th, 2011, 04:37 AM
We're already pretty overpopulated, so that point is sort of answered. I think the world would be a lot better place if we were all vegetarian, as it means food would be more plentiful, water more accessible, and a better quality of life for most if not all. It takes a lot more work and water to produce meat than vegetables, and much of the crops we feed to the farm animals could be used to feed the hungry in poorer nations.
In addition, cow farming produces a significant amount of methane, and vegetarianism on a global scale would offset a decent part of our current gas-in this case methane-emissions.
There is no real downside to the world becoming vegetarian.
We're not overpopulated.... just yet, with another 4 billion or so people we will actually be facing an overpopulation risk.

Food wouldn't be more plentiful because vegetarians require more fruit and veggies to meet the required health daily intake of a human being. So! ....A vegetarian world means an mass production of fruit and veggies without ever running out of supply and demand(we would need instant growth to replace what is being eaten). And water consumption would most likely triple just to keep the fruits and veggies nice and fresh.

Oh and smart idea mass killing animals by giving their food to poor nations just to end world hunger. The only upside to that genius idea is lower methane-emissions from cows but human emissions will still be high(yes everyone farts, you can't deny this fact).

I'm not trying to be a douche or attacking the ideals of vegetarians(I respect the choices they make in pursuit of a better healthier lifestyle) nor am I saying eating veggies/fruits is wrong but saying the world will better a place is currently an impossible goal.



As for me... it would take time adjusting to a new lifestyle choice, and I would miss Big Macs.

Gold warehouse
September 10th, 2011, 05:45 AM
the world would be overpopulated by cows and chickens.We would be weaker and sometimes sick because vegetables have nutrients that meat hasn't and the reverse. We need both things to survive.No matter how many times I hear these, it's still always hilarious.

I don't think it would really make much of a difference, to be honest. I'd be happy to see that animal slaughter is over though.

Helping the environment and having a healthy diet is already within our grasp. Even if the world became vegetarian, it doesn't make it any easier to lead a healthy lifestyle; and it doesn't mean the industries and governments are suddenly going to start taking better care of the environment. They developed unhealthy and environment damaging ways to mass produce meat, they could do the same for vegetables. Still, there aren't any downsides compared to what the world is already like, so I'd be quite happy.

Kevin
September 10th, 2011, 06:19 AM
We would be healthier... I guess. (But I seriously can't live without some meat, I'd probably be a skinny freak ew.)

Owl
September 10th, 2011, 02:43 PM
My family are vegetarians. I was raised to be a vegetarian so I don't really care if the world went veggie. We'd still be overpopulated so I don't see what you're getting at. Same with dying, you can't die from just eating vegetables. Healthier, it depends. I've seen some unhealthy vegetarians and healthy ones, depends what path you choose.

Noah Ridgewood
September 10th, 2011, 04:06 PM
That'd be amaaaazing! So many ignorant replies about protein this, farmers that in here, though. As someone who doesn't have a diet consisting of meat, I can safely say that I feel a lot more healthier than when I ate meat, and to assume that a vegetarian lifestyle is an unhealthy one is very foolish and ignorant of you. Do excuse me while I eat my baby carrot and continue to be a "skinny freak ew" while you commit suicide for no longer having the ability to eat a baby chicken.

shenanigans
September 11th, 2011, 03:50 AM
Do excuse me while I eat my baby carrot and continue to be a "skinny freak ew" while you commit suicide for no longer having the ability to eat a baby chicken.
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I don't know about the differences between the nutrients in animals and vegetables so I'm going to leave those out here. Although I don't see vegetarians dropping dead from malnourishment so I expect that the idea of meat providing something that vegetables don't is complete rubbish tbqh.

And given that, I don't see why it matters. Sure current meat-eaters, myself included, would be bored at first but we'd get over it since you can make perfectly nice meals without any meat in them. And as far as human overpopulation goes... really? Switching to vegetarianism will, as far as I know, have no real noticeable effect on how long people live since eating meat isn't really unhealthy. Overpopulation of animals? Meh, doubt that one too; we stop intensively farming them and they stop intensively reproducing, after all.

Talli
September 11th, 2011, 04:33 AM
my family would surive if the world was vegantarian as we are mostly Vegan. we would be over run with chickens,sheep and cows.

we may be healther but as other people may have said we still have problems

Map of the Problematique
September 11th, 2011, 04:59 AM
So. A big issue here is overpopulation, but are we really treating it the way it deserves? A common misconception is that overpopulation is bad. But overpopulation is a wonderful thing.

People. Everyone loves people. People create jobs, which in turn create a thriving economy. And what is better than that? Of course, it does come at a price - pollution, driving animals out of their natural habitats. However, this will happen anyway, and is a necessary if undesirable rung in mankind's ladder to success.

But anyway, back on topic. Should we all be vegetarian? The answer to that is no. In fact, I would go so far as to say that NONE of us should be vegetarian. Meat is a wonderful thing, we must embrace. Meat makes us strong. And if we are strong, we will rule! Western Civilisation and our culture of protein and burgers will triumph!

Thank you for taking the time to read my two cents.

Mr Cat Dog
September 11th, 2011, 05:05 AM
Nope. Nope. Just nope. I have great respect for vegetarians, and a number of my friends are very comitted for a number of reasons, but it's just something I couldn't do. I don't think I'd kill myself, but I'd certainly end up being less healthy due to trying to get the 'pleasure' I get from meat from other sources, such as sugar and stuff.

oh poptart
September 11th, 2011, 11:53 AM
I don't know about the differences between the nutrients in animals and vegetables so I'm going to leave those out here. Although I don't see vegetarians dropping dead from malnourishment so I expect that the idea of meat providing something that vegetables don't is complete rubbish tbqh.


It's a pretty well known fact that humans are carnivores, to be healthy we need a healthy portion of meat, vegetables and so on. A lot of the time vegans or vegetarians end up either having to load up on supplements that they can't get through their eccentric diet or stuff their faces with peanuts or faux meat to get those nutrients they're missing out on.

You really think meat and vegetables provide the same thing? "I expect the idea that meat provides anything veggies don't is rubbish"? What about protein, iron, omega 3, vitamin D, and anything else that I'm forgetting. I would say b12 which is essential in supporting a healthy immune system but some leaf eaters might whine about how you can get that in the odd vegetable or two that they've probably never eaten.

Noah Ridgewood
September 11th, 2011, 12:04 PM
"Overly sensitive about any negative comment towards their eating habit while they constantly point out that eating meat is disgusting?" Where did I say that? I was simply pointing out how ridiculous it is to say that you're going to commit suicide for the fact that the world went vegetarian and how silly it sounds to think that vegetarians are skinny freaks. I don't see how that's hypocritical, but if you say so.

oh poptart
September 11th, 2011, 12:06 PM
Oh I edited my post anyways to seem less confrontational about it.

Ayselipera
September 11th, 2011, 12:15 PM
Ummm I don't think animals like cows and chickens would overpopulate. They're only bred to be eaten. Since we wouldn't have a need to eat them anymore I don't see why anyone would bother breeding them.

Anyway I could definitely do it if I had to. The hardest thing for me would be to give up seafood (Which some people count and some don't, but whatever!), but I'm sure I could get over it over time. I've had veggie products before though like veggie burgers, hot dogs, and chicken patties and they tasted great to me. The only thing I don't like about them is how high in sodium they are, but honestly I'm probably one of the few people who makes a stink about that.

Being vegetarian doesn't necessarily mean we'd be healthier either though. I have a few vegetarian friends who eat absolute junk food 24/7. You just have to go about it the right way if you truly want to be healthy.

Alice
September 11th, 2011, 12:16 PM
I'd like to be a vegetarian, just based on not wanting to hurt animals, but I'm just so picky when it comes to food that I can't do it. I have tried, but it just isn't possible.

I suppose if I didn't have a choice, I'd be able to adjust, so I probably wouldn't mind too much if this happened.

donavannj
September 11th, 2011, 01:08 PM
I'd think there'd be chaos at first if it were a sudden change because people would be at a loss for where to get proteins and people would reject change, and since many people exist mainly on meat (I'm not talking the developed world, here, I'm talking third-world countries), there would be a lot of people dying of starvation, and the economy in the developed world would hit the fan because there is a sizeable industry related to processing food produced from animals. Eventually things would settle down as we shift toward the nuts, fruits, and veggies that are high in protein for sources of protein, but that's not a guarantee. The chaos could last because such foods would be in high demand and costs would therefore rise.

TRIFORCE89
September 11th, 2011, 02:14 PM
If the world went vegetarian, we'd all die of boredom. The following quote almost perfectly sums up my opinion on vegetarianism.

Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, imagine that the body is a temple that should not be polluted by animal protein. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food.

I like vegetables, but aside from eggplant and possibly beans, there isn't much that comes off to me as a satisfying meal.

You're also going to need to take supplements in most cases.

I'd like to be a vegetarian, just based on not wanting to hurt animals, but I'm just so picky when it comes to food that I can't do it. I have tried, but it just isn't possible.

I suppose if I didn't have a choice, I'd be able to adjust, so I probably wouldn't mind too much if this happened.
I want to treat the animals we raise better, not because I feel bad about us killing them. But, because they taste better when you're nice to them :p A happy cow is a yummy piece of beef.

So. A big issue here is overpopulation, but are we really treating it the way it deserves? A common misconception is that overpopulation is bad. But overpopulation is a wonderful thing.

People. Everyone loves people. People create jobs, which in turn create a thriving economy. And what is better than that? Of course, it does come at a price - pollution, driving animals out of their natural habitats. However, this will happen anyway, and is a necessary if undesirable rung in mankind's ladder to success.
Also, at least here in the West, our population is aging and birth rates lowering. We should want more people.

Alley Cat
September 11th, 2011, 07:42 PM
Then society would undergo a change that would do practically nothing to us but cause great discomfort in adaptation period. We probably will go primarily vegetarian when we wipe out our sources of meat.

Also for all those: It's morally uplifting to be a vegetarian, consider this: Is it not a justification for us to survive? Not to mention the fact that PLENTY of the animals used for meat are genetically engineered in ways that will ensure their death, so we might as well as thank the life that they never got to live and use them to better ourselves, don't let that thing die in vain when we didn't give it a fighting chance to begin with.

It is evident, however, that humans are omnivores, as we were given incisors to rip and tear food, canines to rip and grip and food, and molars to chew and chomp food. Plants are soft and don't need to be torn by incisors, we can just go straight to chewing with our molars, thus canines and incisors would be an obsolete trait, but since we do have them, it's proof that we eat meat, as well as vegetables.

I would also think that a lot of animal populations would begin to pick back up due to them not being hunted and fished and trapped so much. Maybe they would grow too strong without anything to oppose them. But honestly, humans going vegetarian would probably do a lot to save the environment, but good luck getting something like this to actually happen.

TRIFORCE89
September 11th, 2011, 08:54 PM
I would also think that a lot of animal populations would begin to pick back up due to them not being hunted and fished and trapped so much. Maybe they would grow too strong without anything to oppose them. But honestly, humans going vegetarian would probably do a lot to save the environment, but good luck getting something like this to actually happen.
There are other ways of solving that besides going vegan. The problem is largely with fishery stocks, not so much livestock. What we would need to do is make everything use sustainable seafood.

There isn't a lot of it at the moment, but that market can and will grow. I'd like that change to go much more rapidly than it is, but that's hard to do without changing attitudes. Maybe legislate it. (X% of fish available for consumption must be sustainable) And have that percentage increase every few years.