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Persuasive research essay Student Name: Section: Virpal Sidhu 560 Why Should We Become Vegetarian? Vegetarianism has become something fashionable, and the number of people who reject eating meat is constantly increasing. In the past two decades, Canadians have shifted towards a diet which includes more fruits and vegetables, cereal products, and nuts and beans(Statistics Canada,2010).Earlier days, it was common belief that non-vegetarian diet is superior to vegetarian diet. But now this concept is changing. Engelhart and Kohler (2010) mentioned that Meatless Mondays organization is the organisation founded in the U.S with lots of branches in many countries and last year, Baltimore became the first city in North America to mandate Meatless Mondays in its school cafeterias, for environmental as well as health reasons ( Engelhart, K. & Köhler N. 2010 Para 3).Being vegetarian is much more reasonable in terms of health, environment , spirit, ethics and society. Eating a vegetarian diet helps prevent environment from Global Warming. Much of livestock’s contribution to global warming come from deforestation, as the growing demand for meat results in trees being cut down to make space for pasture or farmland to grow animal feed. Livestock takes up a lot of the earth’s landmass. According to one exhaustive report, "Livestock's long shadow," released in 2006 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, livestock accounts for 18 per cent of worldwide greenhouse gases, more than those emitted by all forms of transportation combined, and is a leading cause of deforestation and water pollution (Engelhart, K. & Köhler N. 2010 Para 7). Vegetarian diet is a balanced diet which provides everything needed for a good health. In July of this year, the American Dietetic Association weighed in with a position paper, concluding that

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