Is a vegan lifestyle and diet healthy for people and society?

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Meat can contain poisonous substances.

Every year in the U.S., there are 48 million cases of food poisoning, and 3,000 of these cases are fatal. In addition, the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms has caused many of the bacteria found on animal flesh to become antibiotic-resistant.

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A vegan diet can lead to an unhealthy iron deficiency.

Iron is essential for transporting oxygen around the body, brain function and the immune system. Heme iron - easier to absorb - is only available in animal sources. According to surveys, 46% of girls aged 11-18 years and 23% of women aged 19-64 years have iron inadequate intakes.

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A massive switch to a vegan diet would have a negative effect on public health.

According to recent research, if all animals were removed from the planet, the amount of food available to humans would increase by 23%, as crops would not be used to feed livestock. However, the diet would lose some important nutrients, thus damaging people’s health.

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Vegan lifestyle choices could reduce global mortality.

Transitioning toward more plant-based diets - in line with standard dietary guidelines - could reduce global mortality by 6–10%.

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The vegan lifestyle is eco sustainable.

According to a study published in PNAS, switching to a vegan diet would cut food-related emissions by 70% by 2050.

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Disorganized veganism does not help the environment.

Veganism alone cannot solve global warming but it could make it worse. Biodiversity is the key, since animals are as necessary as crops to enrich soils: their dung, urine and even the way they graze, accelerates soil restoration.

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A vegan diet can negatively affect the bones.

Some small studies have shown that vegans have a slightly lower bone mineral density (BMD) compared with non-vegans, due to the lack of calcium in their diet. Fracture rates are also nearly a third higher among vegans compared with the general population.

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