Friday, February 18, 2011

Persuasive Essay -Vegetarianism is bad

Vyoma Nandi
ENG-4U0

Vegetarianism is bad

Everyone has their own preferences with food. Not everyone likes to eat the same food as others do. However, vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism are the two generalized branches of food. Vegetarianism could be one of the causes of death. From as long as I can remember, there have been futile arguments on whether one should be a vegetarian or a non-vegetarian. Being a vegetarian has its downsides and can negatively affect one’s health. If you want to stay healthy and live for a very long time, being vegetarian is not a healthy choice. The diet of a vegetarian, compared to a non-vegetarian, lacks in protein and many other vitamins that are essential for one to be called perfectly “fit.” Researchers say that meat is good for your skin, hair, and eyes. Also, vegetarian food is not easily accessible in all parts of the world. Being non vegetarian helps keep the animal population under control. Thus, people become non vegetarians, as it has beneficial impacts.

First of all, vegetarians lack essential nutrients in their diet. For instance, iron is one of the most important elements needed in one’s body. Those that have iron deficiency, tend to get tired very easily and feel dizzy or drowsy most of the time. Lack of iron can also cause diseases such as anaemia or extreme hair loss. The amount of vegetarians suffering from anaemia or iron deficiency is higher than that of non-vegetarians. On the other hand, non- vegetarians get all of their iron from their meat filled diet. Meat contains not only iron, but it also contains plenty of other nutrients such as, zinc, potassium, and selenium. This is the reason why meat eaters tend to be quicker and better at sports. Similarly, they are also able to focus more in class, because the diet they consume keeps them full, so they do not get hungry easily. Vegetarians, because of the nutrients they lack, tend to look very pale and weak compared to non-vegetarians. Their blood is very thin because it contains mostly water, since their diet lacks most of the necessary elements. Therefore, their immune system is not very strong and this causes them to fall sick very often. Meat also contains certain fats that can protect one against diseases, such as cancer. This is the reason, why in some parts of the world, the death rate of vegetarians is high. Vegetarians also lack all forms of vitamin B, which is very important in one’s body because it enhances the functioning of the nervous system and the liver. Meat contains all these nutrients, which gives the meat eaters lots of energy. For example, egg yolk is filled with protein and is very beneficial if eaten during winter time because it increases your body heat to protect against the cold. As a result, vegetarianism affects one’s health negatively due to the lack of nutrients in their diet. Vegetarian food not being accessible in several parts of the world is another concern in addition to the concern of vegetarian food lacking in nutrients.

Furthermore, vegetarian food is not easily available in all parts of the world. For example, if you go to Bangkok, “good” vegetarian food is hard to get. The best you can get is rice, unless you know how to cook. This is just one example, though there are many other places in the world where non-vegetarian food is easier to obtain than vegetarian food. This is because there are more recipes for non-vegetarian food and many different ways to cook each recipe. Non-vegetarian food is a full package deal that contains lots of proteins, vitamins, iron, and many other nutrients and provides you with tons of energy. If you are a non-vegetarian, then you have the advantage of trying all these things all over the world. However, if you are a vegetarian, you do not get to try all the delicious recipes that different people from different parts of the world come up with. Also, there are not as many vegetarian restaurants as there are non-vegetarian restaurants. The reason being is the same as the one stated previously; not as many good recipes to serve people with. These facts are proofs that show that non-vegetarianism is better than being a vegetarian. Non vegetarian food is easily accessible in most countries, as there are animals available in all countries. Therefore, people should become non vegetarians in order to experience a variety of foods that is available everywhere and not restricted to certain areas. Vegetarianism is also bad because it increases animal population, in addition to its diet lacking in nutrients and vegetarian food not being excessively available in certain countries.

Finally, another reason why people should be vegetarians is to keep the animal population in control. Animals repopulate at a much faster rate than humans do. Therefore, if we do not kill them and eat them, their population will increase to the point where they will begin to overpower humans. For instance, one of the facts known, is that there are as many chickens as there are people in this world. This is one of the reasons why chickens are eaten worldwide, unlike beef, which is not eaten in every country. Similarly, if everyone became a vegetarian, then there will not be enough food to support all of the world’s population because vegetables do not grow very fast, whereas animals reproduce very quickly. If all humans ate all the plants and vegetables, all the animals will die of hunger because herbivores will not have any plants to eat, so they will starve, which leaves no food for the carnivores to eat. Also, it will make the ecosystem unstable and create problems, such as wars occouring, because of survival issues. However, if everyone becomes non-vegetarian, then there will be more plants in the world, which will improve the environment. It is good for the environment because, plants let us breathe fresh air. Therefore, it is beneficial for the earth if every human becomes a non-vegetarian and leave the plants for the animals to chew on.

On the contrary, one of the biggest reasons why people choose to be vegetarians is because they think that killing animals is a dreadful sin. This is because they believe animals are living organisms and can feel pain just as much as humans can. Likewise, they believe that no one has the right to take anyone’s life and if killing humans is a crime, then killing animals is also a crime. Many strongly feel that life and death situations should be left for God to handle. I, however, believe that it’s just how the circle of life works and that it should not be disturbed because that will create many ecological problems, such as, not enough food for everyone. Also, in the bible, it is stated that animals are for humans to eat and help them survive and this can mean, that plants are for animals to eat. Also, in oppose to killing living things argument, plants are also living things, though vegetarians do not feel bad about killing them. Therefore, I feel that they should not feel bad about killing animals either because it is the same as killing plants. These are the reasons for why I strongly feel that the world will be a better place if everyone becomes a non-vegetarian.

To conclude, non-vegetarianism is better than vegetarianism because it has much more benefits. It consists of a healthier diet, since it contains plenty of nutrients. It is easily available all over the world, unlike vegetarian food. It keeps the ecological system running smoothly by keeping the animal population in control. All vegetarians should give up vegetarianism and switch to becoming a non-vegetarian if they want to live longer and if they want to see the world turn in to a better place. An increase in non vegetarianism would lead to the availability of more plants. This can benefit us because, it can help reduce global warming and we can have better air to breathe. Vegetarianism has many cons to it as compared to non-vegetarianism.

15 comments:

  1. this was for my english class. Just like all the other ones i've posted

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  2. That's not even persuasive, it's just fucking stupid.

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  3. i think you need to google the definition of persuasive because i got a 90 on this assessment.

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  4. It is scientifically proven that people who choose a Vegetarian diet are in fact healthier, without the excessive fat and protein which can lead to kidney failure and obesity, breast cancer etc. They in fact do live longer and are more fit and less prone to disease then people on the 5 food group diet. They do retain all the minerals and vitamins, protein etc to live, by eating simple things such as beans, lentils and grains. I agree with Hailey Stigge. You must do more research into a topic before you make such comments as "Vegetarianism has many cons to it as compared to non-vegetarianism." The only con would be less Mc Donalds in America, then again that's not really a con now is it? You may have got a 90 for your own opinion and structure of the essay, but when simply its not a true argument.

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    1. This is a persuasive essay where you're given a topic and you have to convince the readers that it its true regardless of whether it really is true or not. I was given this topic by my teacher therefore these are the arguments I could come up with. I am a vegetarian myself which is why doing this topic was kind of a challenge for me. I agree with the point you stated.

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  5. You're kidding, right? No? Game on. Let's see how many of your claims about vegetarianism stand up when faced with facts (also, I would like to see your sources).






    “First of all, vegetarians lack essential nutrients in their diet.”
    First of all, there are no essential nutrients that cannot be obtained from plant or animal product sources.

    “For instance, iron is one of the most important elements needed in one’s body.”
    For instance, dried beans and dark leafy veggies have more iron, calorie-for-calorie, than meat does.

    "Lack of iron can also cause diseases such as anaemia or extreme hair loss."
    Anemia (what's "anaemia"?) IS iron deficiency, not a disease caused by it. Get your facts before you type.

    "The amount of vegetarians suffering from anaemia or iron deficiency is higher than that of non-vegetarians."
    Nope, sorry. In fact, surveys of vegans have found that iron deficiency (anemia) is no more common among vegetarians than among the general population although vegans (note- not vegetarians, vegans) tend to have lower iron stores.

    “Meat contains not only iron, but it also contains plenty of other nutrients such as, zinc, potassium, and selenium.”
    Plants contain not only iron, but every nutrient other than B12. (B12 is caused by bacteria, and our food is too clean for us to get it from plant-based sources. It should be noted, however, that vegetarians can still get their B12 from eggs or milk.)

    “This is the reason why meat eaters tend to be quicker and better at sports.”
    and
    “Vegetarians, because of the nutrients they lack, tend to look very pale and weak compared to non-vegetarians.”
    Oh yes, that’s why you’re better at sports, faster, less pale, and stronger than Bill Pearl, Joe Namath, Martina Navratilova, Tony La Russa, Robert Parish, Prince Fielder, Dave Scott, Billie Jean King, Tony Gonzalez, and Carl Lewis. Especially Bill Pearl. He’s VERY weak and pale. That makes sense...

    “Their blood is very thin because it contains mostly water, since their diet lacks most of the necessary elements.”
    Every necessary nutrient can be obtained on a vegetarian diet.

    “Therefore, their immune system is not very strong and this causes them to fall sick very often.”
    Gee, that must be why me and my mom got less sick, less often after switching to a vegetarian diet. That makes sense...

    “Meat also contains certain fats that can protect one against diseases, such as cancer.”
    Please tell me you’re kidding. Meat causes MANY cancers.

    “As a result, vegetarianism affects one’s health negatively due to the lack of nutrients in their diet.”
    If you start with an incorrect premise—that a vegetarian diet lacks nutrients—you will come to an incorrect conclusion—that it affects your health negatively—when in fact the exact opposite is true.

    “Vegetarian food not being accessible in several parts of the world is another concern in addition to the concern of vegetarian food lacking in nutrients.”
    Meat-based food is not accessible in many parts of the world. Does that mean everyone should stop eating meat? Also, vegetarian food lacking in nutrients is not a “concern”. It’s simply false.



    One paragraph down, two to go! I’ll make them in different comments, so that I can break up the argument into manageable chunks. ;)

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  6. “Furthermore, vegetarian food is not easily available in all parts of the world.”
    Your point? Food, period, isn’t easily available in all parts of the world. Does that mean we should stop eating? This entire paragraph makes no sense to me.

    “For example, if you go to Bangkok, “good” vegetarian food is hard to get. The best you can get is rice, unless you know how to cook.”
    For example, if you just do something as simple as:
    A) Not going to Bangkok
    B) Bringing your own food
    C) Learning to cook and bringing a vegetarian cookbook
    Then there is no problem!

    “This is just one example, though there are many other places in the world where non-vegetarian food is easier to obtain than vegetarian food.”
    There are also many places in the world where the opposite is true. India, for example; the majority of Indians are vegetarian. Poor countries also tend to have more vegetarian food, for the simple reason that it’s cheaper. I could go on.

    “This is because there are more recipes for non-vegetarian food and many different ways to cook each recipe.”
    There are many ways to cook vegetarian food, as well. More recipes? Maybe. But making your own or buying a vegetarian cookbook is easy (and fun!).

    “Non-vegetarian food is a full package deal that contains lots of proteins, vitamins, iron, and many other nutrients and provides you with tons of energy.”
    So is vegetarian food. And according to this, since it has everything, we should be able to live out our lives eating nothing but, say, chicken nuggets from the time we are weaned. This is simply not the case. A balanced diet, whether vegetarian or not, provides more nutrients than anything else. No one food is a “package deal” that provides everything.

    “If you are a non-vegetarian, then you have the advantage of trying all these things all over the world.”
    If you’re a vegetarian, you also get to try many, many things all over the world, do you not? Also, after becoming a vegetarian, my tastes have actually expanded; I’ve been forced to try new things at restaurants, from many cultures, instead of just ordering a steak.





    I had to break up this paragraph even further because it passed the character limit. ;)

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  7. “However, if you are a vegetarian, you do not get to try all the delicious recipes that different people from different parts of the world come up with.”
    But we do! We only have the exception of not having to try dog, or deer penis. (Dog is served in many, many countries, and deer penis is served in China) And honestly, who would want to?

    “Also, there are not as many vegetarian restaurants as there are non-vegetarian restaurants.”
    Here, maybe. But in other countries? There could be! And most non-vegetarian restaurants usually have at least one vegetarian item on their menu.

    “The reason being is the same as the one stated previously; not as many good recipes to serve people with.”
    There are tons of amazing vegetarian recipes.

    “These facts are proofs that show that non-vegetarianism is better than being a vegetarian.”
    No, they’re not “proofs”, nor “facts”.

    “Non vegetarian food is easily accessible in most countries, as there are animals available in all countries.”
    Note a couple things here. MOST countries, first off. Also, vegetarian food is accessible in most countries as well, as there are plants available in all (that I know of?) countries. Lastly, there is an animal available to me at the moment. His name is Lion, and he’s my cat, and he’s made out of meat. Should I eat him because he’s an animal, available to me to eat? Of course not!

    “Therefore, people should become non vegetarians in order to experience a variety of foods that is available everywhere and not restricted to certain areas.”
    Uh-huh. My taste horizons, as stated elsewhere, greatly expanded when I became vegetarian. I was forced to experiment with a variety of foods from many cultures because I could no longer just walk in a restaurant and always order chicken nuggets. Also, vegetarian food is not “restricted to certain areas”. Most poor countries have vegetarian food. India does as well, and many other places across the globe are making restaurants to accommodate vegetarians.








    One more paragraph! =D

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  8. Okay, this paragraph makes me doubt that you know anything at all about the subject. I have done my best to reply rationally.



    “This is because they believe animals are living organisms and can feel pain just as much as humans can.”
    So you don’t? I assume you’ve never—god forbid—had a pet, because animals are non-living and cannot feel the most basic emotions, ones that would help them survive in the wild. I assume you also are totally fine with animal cruelty because animals cannot feel pain, and are not even living organisms.

    “Likewise, they believe that no one has the right to take anyone’s life and if killing humans is a crime, then killing animals is also a crime.”
    Again— you don’t?

    “I, however, believe that it’s just how the circle of life works and that it should not be disturbed because that will create many ecological problems, such as, not enough food for everyone.”
    This is the part where I start not understanding your arguments. If you believe in the circle of life, go hunt your own food. Farming is not part of the circle of life, and it has never been. Stop claiming that makes it okay. Also, not enough food for everyone? That’s a laugh. If just 10% of meat eaters in the US went vegan, we would end world hunger. You have to feed a cow 16 pounds of grain to get just 1 pound of beef. That 1 pound is 1/3 the daily requirement for the average person. The 16 pounds would feed you... And 9 starving children. For an entire day.

    “Also, in the bible, it is stated that animals are for humans to eat and help them survive and this can mean, that plants are for animals to eat.”
    I am unsure where you’re getting this. Perhaps from Genesis 1 : 26 or 28, where God says that we rule the animals. However, this does not mean we may eat them. Kings and Queens rule their subjects, but (hopefully) do not eat them. Also, look at Genesis 1:29 and 30, where God states “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground--everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
    Every green plant for the animals, every seed- or fruit-bearing plant for the humans. Not animals.

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  9. “Also, in oppose to killing living things argument, plants are also living things, though vegetarians do not feel bad about killing them.”
    I shall try to answer this reasonably.
    Plants do not feel pain. If you believe in evolution (and I do), there is no evolutionary need for them to feel pain. Nor do they have a central nervous system. Interesting. But let’s say, for the basis of this argument, that they DO feel pain. I’m willing to stretch my beliefs for the sake of debate. Even if that were true, eating plants directly still causes less suffering.
    Why?
    Because what do you think the animals eat?
    Plants.
    So that 1 lb of beef killed a cow, 16 pounds of grain, and an unknown number of insects/animals driven out of their habitat.
    1 lb of grain killed one less cow and fifteen less pounds of grain.
    Vegetarians minimize ALL suffering.

    “Therefore, I feel that they should not feel bad about killing animals either because it is the same as killing plants.”
    In that case, go stomp on dogs because it’s the same as walking on grass. Who cares if they whine, cry, or howl in pain, or die, it’s the same as walking on grass.
    Does that still work and be completely a-ok with you?
    Probably not.
    Also, even if you DO believe this stuff, see the above reasoning.
    If plants and animals are equal, eating animals kills 17 pound of living creatures for each pound. Eating plants kills one pound of living creatures (who can’t even feel pain) for each pound.
    Interesting.

    “These are the reasons for why I strongly feel that the world will be a better place if everyone becomes a non-vegetarian.”
    How so? I still don’t understand. The world isn’t a better place because you eat meat, or because I don’t. I have picked apart your argument, made sure to get all my information from good sources, and found all your arguments to be faulty. But the world isn’t a better place just because everyone eats meat. All that would mean is starvation (for two reasons; the inefficiency of raising livestock as opposed to eating plants directly and the people who only have access to vegetarian stuff dying because they CAN’T become a non-vegetarian). It would mean animals being tortured and killed in factory farms, and no respect for life. It would mean pollution on a MASSIVE scale, and the sixth mass extinction—humans—continuing. If that’s your idea of a better place...

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  10. Here, I'll make a deal with you.


    You watch things like 'Meat's Not Green', 'Glass Walls', 'Meet Your Meat', 'Food, Inc.', 'Earthlings', etc....

    I'll watch strawberry harvests. c:




    How's that?

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    1. You are getting me wrong. As a matter of fact, I, myself am a strict vegetarian. This is a persuasive essay I had to write for my English class and the topic was GIVEN to me. I did not pick it myself. I got quite a good mark on my essay which is why I decided to post it here on blogspot. As you might have noticed, the title itself says PERSUASIVE essay.

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    2. And btw why are you trying to compete with me? I didn't even bother reading all this that you posted. You clearly wasted your time. I suggest you go do something better in life. Such as BE HAPPY.

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  11. Awesome job Atiya and Vyome please don't get defensive I think Atiya simply wanted the other viewpoint present so that people who read your essay can also ponder on the other point of views.

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  12. I understand that the topic was given to you by your instructor, but I would not have accepted an assignment such as this where the argument is developed regardless of all facts that point to the contrary. For the sake of persuasion, I can see it being somewhat effective, despite lack of sources, which makes me wonder about the merit of the assignment. Also, the blatant erroneous information presented here should not have been acceptable to anyone. Again, I understand that this was an assignment handed down to you, but it's not even truthful, and I think that when it comes to persuasion, truth should be victorious.

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