Vegetarianism

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How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate? Shutterstock

‘Mummy, where does steak come from?’ How Australian families talk about meat

We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.
In a sense, aren’t they one and the same? 'Heads' via www.shutterstock.com

Why it’s impossible to actually be a vegetarian

When you think about it, it's a bit strange to view food through a lens of "meat" and "not meat" – especially when plants consume animals, and vice versa.
Have you considered a Quorn Christmas? David Reece

Get into the festive spirit by not eating turkey this Christmas

If I say “Christmas dinner”, perhaps the following image is conjured up: a large table groaning under the weight of roast potatoes, parsnips, peas, Brussels sprouts, a jug of gravy, and in the centre “the…
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. 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. 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…
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. 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…

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