Sections

Services

Information

UK United Kingdom

Vegetarianism

Analysis and Comment (10)

Your mum was right: it’s good for you to eat your veggies. Yet a recent survey found one in four Australians ate none in a typical day. Your mum was right: it’s good for you to eat your veggies. Yet a recent survey found one in four Australians ate none in a typical day. shashinjutsu/Flickr

Healthy diet, healthier planet

The way we currently produce food around the world contributes up to 20-30% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and accounts for 70% of all human water use. But is it possible to eat well and take…
Vegetarians have a lower risk of some chronic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease and diabetes. Vegetarians have a lower risk of some chronic diseases such as hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease and diabetes. Image from shutterstock.com

Meat vs veg: how does a vegetarian diet stack up?

Ethical and environmental considerations are often the prompt for adopting a meat-free diet. But better health may also push some towards vegetarianism, with a new study showing vegetarians have a lower…
The horse meat scandal seems to be more about the taboo issue of eating our pets than actual health concerns. The horse meat scandal seems to be more about the taboo issue of eating our pets than actual health concerns. Fredrik von Erichsen/AAP

Neigh-sayers: why we won’t agree to eat a dead horse

Imagine the following scenario. You go into your local sandwich shop for lunch and order a roast beef on rye with a dash of mustard. As you bite into the sandwich you notice something is not right. The…
Grain agriculture devastates ecosystems, but who is the grain grown for? Grain agriculture devastates ecosystems, but who is the grain grown for? Peter Castleton

Vegetarians cause environmental damage, but meat eaters aren’t off the hook

More and more, the animals we kill for food are dining at the human table. Increasingly, we feed them on grain, soybeans and fish meal. Recently, Professor Mike Archer published an article on The Conversation…
Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. Being vegetarian saves cows' lives, but threatens the future of other sentient creatures. nunro

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands

The ethics of eating red meat have been grilled recently by critics who question its consequences for environmental health and animal welfare. But if you want to minimise animal suffering and promote more…
When discussing animal welfare, it’s hard to look at it from the animal’s perspective. When discussing animal welfare, it’s hard to look at it from the animal’s perspective. phik

What is the value of an animal’s life?

Which is the greater deprivation for an animal: to live a good-quality life abbreviated at less than its natural term by painless slaughter for meat, or to never live at all? How much of an animal’s life…
Legendary British singer Morrissey is well-known for his activist vegetarianism. Legendary British singer Morrissey is well-known for his activist vegetarianism. AAP

Morrissey, Anders Breivik and the claim that all meat is murder

A qualification of how much I love Morrissey’s music needs to be made. Merely thinking about There is a Light cuts me raw; I adopted It’s Not Your Birthday Anymore as a power anthem the second I heard…
It may be “humane”, but is it ethical? It may be “humane”, but is it ethical? Virginia Zuluaga/Flickr

What a pain: the ethics of killing animals humanely

Does a painless death harm an animal? Is it wrong to painlessly kill an animal? These questions go to heart of the ethics of meat eating and humane slaughter, yet they have been largely absent in most…
Sometimes it’s not easy to forget the link between meat and animals. Sometimes it’s not easy to forget the link between meat and animals. Ariel Dovas

The meat paradox: how we can love some animals and eat others

Why do we feel sick at the thought of eating dog, but hungry at the thought of eating pig (bacon) with our eggs? Or how we can feel so outraged about whaling while continuing to enjoy fish and chips? Why…

Research and News (3)