You cant really qualify the "food" we give to animals as "food" that we ourselves could consume. If our diet looked similar to that of a cow/chicken's we'd all be unleathy from the overeating of grains.Dissident Dan said:Actually, if more people ate the speciality products such as veggie "meats", the prices would come down, because the scale of production would go up and there would be more competition. As far as traditional plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, grains, etc., we would actually need to produce less plant food because we would not be feeding them to animals first (and you get a lot less food out of an animal than you put in). We would probably need to produce more of the types that we don't currently feed to farmed animals, but this would be more than made up for by the fact so many other plants no longer need to be produced.
Also, the thing about grains is that in volume of consumable product per square meter of crop it is a lot higher than any fruit, and most other vegetables. Also grains are less prone to disease and parasites, where fruits and vegetables have to be constantly monitored, thus requiring higher operating costs. I wonder what the actual values are of area of land used for cows+grains compared to the equal amount of final human edible product with other produce.
Actuallym extremely poor countries have to do just about anything for their meat because its one of their few sources of protiens and needed fats. Its also essential for early development of a high-caloric diet. I'm not arguing that its impossible to feed these people without meat, I'm just proposing that it might be tougher due to the amount of needed foodstuffs to be produced for them to replace their current (though lacking) nutritional intake.Dissident Dan said:It is my understanding that most extremely poor people in 3rd-world countries eat hardly any meat, anyway. Instead of spending effort on the inputs that go into animal agriculture, we could spend that effort on producing food for direct human consumption. We could produce much more food given a certain amount of resources on animal-free diets, so feeding a hungry world is actually easier through vegetarianism.
No, my girlfriend at the time was vegetarian since she was 3. So I started the same diet, lots of fuits, greens, nuts (basically mediterranian diet). Over the course of 4 to 5 months I noticed a difference in my energy and ability to focus. I get my blood tested quite frequently because diabetes type-2 runs rampant in my family and I'm attempting to avoid it. I just have them do a full analysis (free at the hospital on base here). It's been a few years, but if i remember correctly my red blood cell count was at like 9 or 10? does that sound right? I cant remember.Dissident Dan said:I'm sorry to hear that. How do you know that your red blood cell count dropped? Did you get it tested in a lab?
If you eat a well-balanced diet, you will not have problems. I hope that you weren't eating just french fries and potato chips. Whether vegetarian or not, if you do not eat a variety of foods, you will have problems.
EDIT : I just checked, it was the Total Hemoglobin Concentration in g/dl.