Are Vegetarians Better for the Environment?

by Moin Uddin Ahmed Tipu

There are many reasons to become a vegan or a vegetarian. One of the popular reasons is because it’s better for the environment… but is it really? Our resident vegetarian Anthony Carboni did some digging to find the answer.

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“Along with the current trend of eating ‘organic’ and ‘local’ foods, one of the hot topics that has sparked debate among scholars and bloggers alike is the question of whether or not being a vegetarian affects the environment.”

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43 comments

Jennifer Harborne March 28, 2017 - 4:10 PM

I'm a veggie too, but dairy, especially CHEESE, I'd die! DIE I SAY!!!!

Judith Snaith April 23, 2017 - 7:54 PM

Went vegan to reduce climate change… I disagree that a diet containing animal products could do as little harm.

Jasper Ban April 25, 2017 - 1:38 PM

They forgot to mention that vegetarianism would lead to an increase of agriculture which can cause large scale deforestation and algal blooms

Hrishikesh Apte May 10, 2017 - 2:44 AM

there is snowfall in newyork
we need global warming

Alien X May 11, 2017 - 6:59 PM

vegetarian good for environment? yes, but they are 2 kind of vegetarian, the hypocrite parasite that they have a magic tree that give fish, cow milk, eggs etc. this type of "vegetarian" are bad for environments

ZoeyZoco May 27, 2017 - 1:54 AM

so basically instead of killing the cows for food…. you want to kill them to save our environment…. and y'all call meat eaters savages… smh

James Ambrocio June 2, 2017 - 5:26 PM

"I'm vegan." GOOD GOD WHO GIVES A FUCK?
I'm an omnivore and I don't brag to people about it.

A Unicorn June 23, 2017 - 4:26 PM

we would still need cows or goat for milk because vegetarians eat milk well drink

GreenTRC1 July 13, 2017 - 10:34 AM

I'm trying to eat less meat a little at a time. if I had to completely eating meat to save the world I would do it because fruits veggies and grains are yummy too. that most of my diet anyway.

李湛元 November 1, 2017 - 10:11 PM

Could you please tell me, how growing more broccolis is more destructive than farming on sigle stomach animals? I really would like to know the answer. Because for me it doesn't make sense, those animals we eat consume the veggies the crops we harnest. And yet you are saying they are less destructive? Aren't they are taking more energy to be raised and then slaughtered?

Zelda November 28, 2017 - 6:07 AM

You forgot to mention that more crops are produced for livestock than humans which also largely affects greenhouse gasses

Cliff Hanger December 19, 2017 - 10:23 AM

So vegans say the whole world must go vegan. And I asked myself this. What about animal shelters for carnivorous animals such as lions? If the world was vegan, would we deny those lions their food? How would we feed them while maintaining our vegan morals? (That lion can no longer live in the wild due to an injury)

I assume vegans would say “human sacrifice, or feed them people who are on death row”. Because they cannot simply feed them dead or sick animals, as it violates their vegan morals

What are your solutions? Would we let the lions die because of survival of the fittest?

Asgardian 12 January 4, 2018 - 5:16 AM

LMFAO @ global warming by animal farts.

Firangele January 31, 2018 - 12:37 AM

More animals die when you follow a vegetarian diet. Chick males are grind because they don’t produce eggs. And the calf’s are taken away from their mother immediately so they don’t drink your milk! And then they are killed a month after to be sold as veil. You are a compassionate person, just go vegan. For the planet, the animals and for your health.🙏

sirgay meerkat February 19, 2018 - 11:11 PM

No only being a vegan is!

AA Productions March 1, 2018 - 5:47 PM

Animals are cute, agreed! But when has cuteness, or size, or anything, ever been proof of worthiness of life?
An ugly person or small person or unexciting person is worthy of life, just as much as anyone else, right?
Why would it be different for animals? Only God knows such things as "worthiness", well, if he exists anyway!
I love animals, they're just awesome, but who said we can't eat them? After all, they do!
As long as we don't eat our own species, well because that's just wrong! I think, right?
What we shouldn't do is treat animals poorly,
especially if you're eating them,
you do want healthy meat and milk, right?

Ra God March 2, 2018 - 6:02 AM

So normal vegetarians are veggies because they don’t like animals dying
But environmental veggies are veggies because they don’t want animals to live
I see

William Pfingten March 23, 2018 - 11:51 AM

no i will still eat meat

chris April 24, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Stopping eating meat is not the salvation it's stopping the over production cus agriculture is just bad but it be better if we stopped and went back to hunting and gathering that be best for the earth and stop the production of cars and machine smh

S Gs May 26, 2018 - 2:55 AM

Lab grown meat. That's all.

Bruce V June 2, 2018 - 10:16 AM

Why don't you just add a spark plug to the end of a cows ass

Joshua O'Brien June 11, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Wow, a propaganda piece if I've ever heard one.

Noah Lamb July 1, 2018 - 8:46 AM

Yep because vegetarians eat 7kg of broccoli. No, sustainable plant based diets consist of starch with low calorie vegetables as supplementary.

amkarkare96 July 5, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Could you post the link for Chalmers University research paper?

L Blueful August 3, 2018 - 10:36 PM

Wait… You do know that these animals have to be fed with something, right?

The Enviro Logs August 29, 2018 - 2:58 AM

Such an important topic! I really believe closely examining diet is how we're going to slow climate change. I am a recent vegan, but would really love to learn more about where my food comes from and how I can be an environmental activist every meal.

SLXSHER September 2, 2018 - 9:32 AM

Hell no being vegan is unatuaral because we are omnivores plus they destroy the earth because they plant more plants

Maddie Rawn September 24, 2018 - 8:53 AM

Im a vegetarian and im 12. I’ve been vegetarian for a year

LeaLaw 439 October 1, 2018 - 1:02 AM

No

aesthetic Garbage November 10, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Thinking of becoming a vegetarian merely because I want to actively help save the planet. Still don't want to be a vegan though lol, I need my eggs and vegan chocolate tasted like dirt. So I'm half there, I wanna help the environment, but I also wanna eat good food in my life lmao

Real E. January 4, 2019 - 10:07 PM

What's going to happen to all those killed animals. Animal killings would be in vain if people became vegetarian.

DIGIT THE ULTIMATE THOT SLAYER 69 • 999 years ago March 13, 2019 - 10:20 AM

You know what we should really be eating? Bugs! Other monkeys eat bugs. Don't go "eeewww that's gross" because bugs are really good for you, and they taste so delicious…

Seven Ellen May 28, 2019 - 5:43 PM

I'd say yes and no. It's cutting back on the meat, yes, but by not cutting out milk, that still promotes the dairy industry which means a hell of a lot of methane into the air, plus all the water and feed they need, so down goes the rainforest, up come the drought levels, and up goes the planet's temperature double-fold. They also produce an incredible amount of slurry which gets slopped into the oceans, creating ocean dead zones. Vegetarians also eat fish, and we all know about over-fishing to try to meet the demand of billions of people. It's just not going to happen, but you know what will: Fish-free oceans by the year 2050!! Vegetarians include eggs in their diet, which means they're promoting horrible chicken factory farm production, which means more grain and more water. Vegetarianism is sadly not enough to get the results we need for a cooller planet with more trees, restoring ice in the North and South poles, cleaner air, oceans with recovering fish numbers, and far less animal cruelty in the world. This is why veganism is the only future we must have.

asd qwe May 31, 2019 - 12:05 AM

I eat meat, because I am a man

keiichi maebara June 2, 2019 - 2:12 AM

Not really because of mass production if we all ate plants we would be having people saying if you eat meat it will say the environment because that's not the problem not problem with the environment is that we consumed too much of anything if we were all switch to plants what would happen is we would get factories to mass produce the plants thus killing off plant life and killing off animals food source so In return we just got rid of animals by taking away their food

Feddos October 4, 2019 - 9:46 PM

oh my god, what's this? an argument that actually makes sense? coming from a vegetarian? and not once did he try to force us not to eat meat, and not once did he call omnivores murderers? Is this a dream?

Jack December 10, 2019 - 5:03 AM

No its worse for the environment because Pesticides.Herbacides and fungacides has destroyed all the fauna,trees and wildlife.Most of the worlds forests have been destroyed for crops.

Jack January 3, 2020 - 4:44 AM

No its Pesticides,Herbacides,Fungacides and total death to wildlife and destruction of trees and fauna.30% of meat production is used to feed the tens of millions of cats and dogs.Vegetable crops use animal manure.So this vid is unbalanced

Hyper owendaunoYT May 29, 2020 - 12:45 AM

Plants move just really slowly

GamerGutz12 7 July 12, 2020 - 12:18 AM

yeah i just eat veggies because its better for the environment. My lunch is always fresh and flown in from 12 different countries from jumbo jets. Jumbo jets barely hurt the environment. I say we just kill all the animals because they FART. SICK let just eat 5 meals a day from all over the world. When winter hits we can just starve to death. That will also help the environment.

Sumia Ahmed November 7, 2020 - 8:47 PM

I am a vegetarian because I love animals

TIGERZY2K February 7, 2021 - 1:20 AM

Solutions to global warming problem:-

1.BAN practice of Monoculture INSTEAD of Meat
2.Replace algae over grains in the diet of farm of raised animals for controlling methane
3.Speed up the pace of desert reforestation.

Ping Pong Cup Shots March 28, 2021 - 9:17 AM

Nope. Go vegan