Does a Vegetarian Diet Offer the World a Future Full of Hope and Promise?

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Faculty of Professional Studies The London School of Hospitality & Tourism Foundation Degree in International Culinary Arts Does a vegetarian diet offer the world a future full of hope and promise? In this essay I will outline both arguments as to whether a vegetarian diet offers the world a future full of hope and promise. I will look at the ethical, social and environmental issues that support each side of the argument. I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages to each side using information that I have researched, before concluding on which argument I believe to be the strongest. “It is estimated that some 800 million people in the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition, about 100 times as many as those who actually die from it each year” (Think Quest(2010) An end to world hunger. Online.) The information which follows in this essay will show possible ways in which this figure could be reduced “A vegetarian is someone who lives on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit, with or without the use of dairy products and eggs. A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products such as gelatine or animal fats”. (Campbell, J. Foskett, D. And Cesarani, V.2006:23) Vegetarianism is broken down into eight sub categories; Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: eats both dairy products and eggs; Lacto-vegetarian: eats dairy products but not eggs; Ovo-vegetarian: eats eggs but not dairy products; Vegan: does not eat dairy products, eggs or any other animal product for example honey. Fruitarian: a type of vegan who eats few cooked or processed foods, their diet consists mainly of raw fruit, grains and nuts. Macrobiotic: requires a diet that follows spiritual and philosophical codes. Demi- vegetarian: eats little or no meat and may eat fish. Pescetarians: eat fish but no

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