Weekly Competition #32

WELL DONE to everyone who has had a go at entering the competitions during this Issue. There have been some great examples of the five Burnet News Club skills: reasoning, curiosity, storytelling, open-mindedness and scepticism! Last week, we asked you to vote on whether a vegan society would be a better society overall. At this point, 66% said that NO, a vegan society wouldn't be a better society. Well done to the very well-reasoned Arnhem Wharf and Faringdon Community College who are our winners this week! This competition is now closed but you can find the half term competition here.  PS. I think some secondary schools need to interrupt Faringdon's repeated wins. Are you up for the challenge?

40 Comments

  1. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    Although I am actually a mix, I think a non vegan society would probably be better.

    1.People should not be forced to be vegan even if they don’t want to.
    2.Vegan food doesn’t contain the vitamins that we need for every day life.
    3. Veganism isn’t as environment friendly as you would think. A lot vegans need food from tropical countries and to ship it pollution would be caused.

    Ferrari Spies

  2. Willowtown Primary School Willowtown Primary School

    i accidentally clicked on good but actually it is not a better society in my eyes because most of the farmers depend on meat buyers and veggies will have to be shipped from over the world causing more pollution than god would want for us . many of us don’t want more pollution because this is serious…

    the earth is dying, save the earth!, no more pollution !!!!!

    by emotions of youtube
    ps i get really emotional sometimes as you can guess.

    • Ben Jonson Primary School Ben Jonson Primary School

      I strongly believe that a vegan society is not a better society because if food is being carried a long way just for different people it will affect th environment hugely . Also thinking about the population of farmers if we were all vegans farmers would have jobs . Also if we became vegans then the animals would be eating all the crops and we wouldn’t have a lot. Another reason I would like to point out is that meat has a lot of vitamins and minerals that vegebatles don’t have.
      By diamond giraffe

  3. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    I logged on again as I thought about it a bit more and did some research and I chose that a vegan society is better as there are some health benefits.

    Here are some of the benefits
    Disease Prevention
    Eating a healthy vegan diet has shown to prevent a number of diseases. Find out from the list below what you could potentially avoid just by switching to a healthy, balanced vegan way of eating.
    Cardiovascular disease. Eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan diet reduces the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.
    Cholesterol. Eliminating any food that comes from an animal and you will eliminate all dietary cholesterol from your diet. Your heart will thank you for that.
    Blood pressure. A diet rich in whole grains is beneficial to your health in many ways, including lowering high blood pressure.
    Type 2 diabetes. Not only is a vegan diet a weapon against Type 2 diabetes, it is also “easier to follow than the standard diet recommended by the American Diabetic Association.
    Prostate cancer. A major study showed that men in the early stages of prostate cancer who switched to a vegan diet either stopped the progress of the cancer or may have even reversed the illness.
    Colon cancer. Eating a diet consisting of whole grains, along with fresh fruits and vegetables, can greatly reduce your chances of colon cancer.
    Breast cancer. Countries where women eat very little meat and animal products have a much lower rate of breast cancer than do the women in countries that consume more animal products.
    Macular degeneration. Diets with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, can help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration.
    Cataracts. Much the same way macular degeneration is headed off by a vegan diet, cataracts are also thought to be prevented through the intake of the same fruits and vegetables. Produce high in antioxidants are also believed to help prevent cataracts.
    Arthritis. Eliminating dairy consumption has long been connected with alleviating arthritis symptoms, but a new study indicates that a combination of gluten-free and vegan diet is very promising for improving the health of those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
    Osteoporosis. Bone health depends on a balance of neither too much or too little protein, adequate calcium intake, high potassium, and low sodium. With a healthy vegan diet, all four of these points set a perfect scenario for preventing osteoporosis.

    Physical Benefits
    In addition to good nutrition and disease prevention, eating vegan also provides many physical benefits.
    Body Mass Index. Several population studies show that a diet without meat leads to lower BMIs–usually an indicator of a healthy weight and lack of fat on the body.
    Weight loss. A healthy weight loss is a typical result of a smart vegan diet. Eating vegan eliminates most of the unhealthy foods that tend to cause weight issues. Read more about weight loss and a vegan diet here.
    Energy. When following a healthy vegan diet, you will find your energy is much higher.
    Healthy skin. The nuts and vitamins A and E from vegetables play a big role in healthy skin, so vegans will usually have good skin health. Many people who switch to a vegan diet will notice a remarkable reduction in blemishes as well.
    Longer life. Several studies indicate that those following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle live an average of three to six years longer than those who do not.
    Body odor. Eliminating dairy and red meat from the diet significantly reduces body odor. Going vegan means smelling better.
    Bad breath. Vegans frequently experience a reduction in bad breath. Imagine waking up in the morning and not having morning breath.
    Hair. Many who follow vegan diets report that their hair becomes stronger, has more body, and looks healthier.
    Nails. Healthy vegan diets are also responsible for much stronger, healthier nails. Nail health is said to be an indicator of overall health.
    PMS. When switching to a vegan diet, many women tell how PMS symptoms become much less intense or disappear altogether. The elimination of dairy is thought to help with those suffering with PMS.
    Migraines. Migraine suffers who go on vegan diets frequently discover relief from their migraines.
    Allergies. Reduction in dairy, meat, and eggs is often tied to alleviation of allergy symptoms. Many vegans report much fewer runny noses and congestion problems.

    The majority of scientists agree with this but not all.

    Ferrari Spies

    • Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

      Links used for this post ?

      • St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

        57 Health benefits for veganism

        Ferrari Spies

    • St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

      wow! that is a huge post. Very interesting. i’d like to give some advice. less is more.
      Sparkletastic20 and h2o mermaid

  4. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I don’t think veganism as an ENTIRE society is a great one. Our final piece is to decide whether or not it is good to be vegan and I chose it to be good however now, it’s whether EVERYONE would co-operate in being vegan. All 7 BILLION people vegan. It would be just too chaotic.

    The first reason I have is not everyone is the goody two shoes. Some people won’t listen. For a fact in my class not everyone listens to our teacher so how can 7 BILLION people do that? At least some countries won’t abide the rules. There’s also the corrupted. The gang who betray. Who would go up to a murderer and go like ” Can you be vegan as everyone on Earth is becoming vegan?” No one! They would probably die.

    My second reason is that by doing this, another type of species would be at stake. Plants. When I was younger, I learnt that plants were alive and that when they fall, they die. Me, being the scardy-cat I am, avoided stepping on leaves that fell as I felt like I was stepping on real bodies. And it’s sort of right. If you saw a corpse on the floor would you call the police? Let me expand the sentence. If you saw a dead leaf on the floor would you call the police? If you get arrested for killing people and animals, why can’t you get arrested for killing a plant?
    AgentKitty

  5. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I think a vegan society would be a better society because…
    -You can get all vitamins except vitamin b12 in plants or dairy alternatives.
    -It is more ethical because no animals get killed
    -Animal farming creates 51% of greenhouse gases, farming plants DOESN’T
    -Meat and other goods are shipped across the world already, so we need more eco-friendly ships
    -It can be healthier because you cut out red and processed meat
    -People don’t have to be forced, but to me, it seems as though people should be more aware of veganism

    WatermelonPrincess

  6. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    I also agree with Ferrari spies because the ships would cause pollution and they would also have to go back and forward. Jeeps also have to go back and forward and create pollution and it would mean that the environment would get worse

    Projector_10!!

  7. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    a vegan is not a better society because you need to get calcium, vitamins, protein.

    1.you aren’t forced to be a vegan
    2.you need to take care for health

  8. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    I believe that a vegan society is a better society for multiple reasons.

    The first is the multiple health benefits of being vegan. This includes increase in vitamins A, C and E, as well as magnesium, potassium and folate. There are multiple nutrients that people believe you can only get from meat products, such as vitamin B12, which you can actually get from marmite, which is a vegan product.

    For many people, a vegan diet is beneficial as it can promote weight loss. Those with extreme weight gain issues can control their calorie intake and promote weight loss.

    Vegan diets may reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They are also particularly effective at reducing blood sugar levels and may help prevent further medical issues from developing.

    Certain aspects of the vegan diet may offer protection against prostate, breast and colon cancers. This is because it increases a hormone which can stop growth of a cancer cell.

    Another reason is the amount of water which is used in farming animals. Most of the weight of meat products is water, water which we need to live as it is one of our main nutrients.

    VulneraSanentur4

    • Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

      I agree with VulneraSanetur4 because sometimes, we could eat meat from a cow that has an illness, and we could even DIE from it. Also, it is clear that we should not eat so much chicken, since it contains lots of fat, affecting our health. Although, we need protein to stay alive.

      Newsjunior850

  9. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    A vegan society is not a good society. There are plenty of supplement for all the vitamins and minerals and the other scientific stuff but I want to point out the thing that defines us all. Culture. You must have heard about ‘don’t be a sheep, think for yourself.’ well once we all go vegan we all be speaking one language and doing the same stuff and wearing the same thing and talking about the same stuff and thinking the same thing. We will become a clockwork machine and suffer from the cruel works of society. We will become a slave of society a worker and thinker of the same thing as your neighbour your town, the world. We would then all become socialist as Karl Marx predicted and then. Blam. All cultural ties will be destroyed. The things we were proud of once, the roast dinners, fish and chips, sushi, Hamburgers, pot-au-feu. All this fabulous food, culture created by food would disperse and fade away into living memory as the socialist vegan storm the path of the future, Animals take up space that humans need, land and trees get destroyed by us for farming. I’m not prepared to take that compromise for society and I believe that lots of people are not prepared to.
    Goldrhino

  10. Michael Faraday Michael Faraday

    I have on/off feelings towards this topic the more I look into it, so by the end of this issue, I might change my mind; here is why I think a vegan society is not a better society.

    1. Becoming a Vegan Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Are Healthier
    Being vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you’re eating healthily. You can chow down on junk food – and miss out on vital nutrients – whether you eat meat or not. For example, vegan diets are naturally low in calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin B12, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. At the same time, some vegan products contain a lot of coconut oil, which is high in saturated fat. If you think about it, both herbivore and carnivore diets have the same health benefits, so a vegan society is not very likely to improve on health.

    2. Destroying the Planet?
    Advocates of veganism regularly point out how harmful the consumption of meat is to the environment. For example, producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a small car for 30 kilometres. However, this isn’t entirely true. According to a research study at Carnegie Mellon University, they claim eating lettuce is over three times worse than eating bacon. This is because lettuce has very few calories (around 15 calories a leaf) so someone would need to eat two iceberg lettuces to get close to the equivalent calorie intake of two rashers (approx. 200 calories). The leafy vegetable is also far more likely to perish before reaching the dinner table, with the food waste further increasing its emissions footprint.

    3. Are Vegan Diets Cheaper?
    Many people who recently turned vegan, and have yet to detach themselves from their old eating habits, will most likely struggle arduously to fill the gap in the meat-shaped hole that they perceive on their plate. While fake meats and cheese can be a fantastic aid to the transitioning vegan, these products can be on the pricey side. Also, if you want to buy meat from a non-factory farm, it would cost roughly around £15.00, compared to a factory-made £3.00 meat.
    Sources:
    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-would-world-look-if-everyone-went-vegan
    http://www.theveganwoman.com/is-vegan-food-more-expensive-a-guide-to-eating-vegan-on-a-budget/

    OriginallyCurious

  11. Thomas Middlecott Academy Thomas Middlecott Academy

    Even though I eat meat at the moment, I am planning to change that. I believe it is wrong to kill animals. It is like the slave trade in a way. We fatten up the animals then slaughter them. We take away their rights as creatures.
    Furthermore, we think we are the smartest race on earth, when in fact we are 3rd. We should be grateful we evolved with any intelligence at all.
    In addition to this, I believe animals can help us make the world a better place. They were here before us and will still be here when we die. We are the ones destroying the planet. They are there living their lives with no wars or anything. We may soon kill all the animals, but in 20 or so years there may be more animals than humans alive. This is because of our wars. We murder each other like we murder animals. I don’t think this is fair so that is why I’m going to try being a vegan for a week.
    Clover Moon

  12. Michael Faraday Michael Faraday

    In my opinion i think a non vegan society is a better society.
    Although we would be killing the animals, we would have all the vitamins and fibres that we need to stay healthy.Also many other people in other countries don’t have much food, and forcing them to switch to be a vegan would be the wrong thing to do, this would make them very unhealthy and since most other people in Africa (and in other countries) are children, this would make it harder for the generation to grow.
    -KangarooKraze!

  13. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    I think that a Vegan society is NOT a better society. First of all, the way tropical fruits are brought to England ( such as Pineapples and Avocados) are hurting the environment to this day. Ships and trucks bring huge boxes of fruit that we can’t grow, from far away countries. the transportation causes pollution , and can increase the average temperature of the Earth’s heat in the atmosphere, known as Global Warming.Second of all, there are some vitamins and nutrients that come from animals, that vegan diets do not have. Our body needs lot of vitamins to be working and stay healthy,so we cannot simply take vitamins and nutrients from a cow and have it, because you can’t do that. Finally,we need milk and dairy products produced from cows for our bones to stay strong and healthy, but since Vegan’s don’t drink milk, or eat cheese, their bones could stay weak,and might not becoming strong. These are my points of why a Vegan society is not a good society, but there are some reasons about why a Vegan society is a GOOD society.

    Newsjunior850

  14. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    I think a vegan society is not a better society because its not as healthy as a balanced diet which involves meat and animal products. And being a vegan can be as bad for the environment because planes,trucks,trains and so much more are producing pollution from burning fossil fuels. Many people don’t wear certain brands of makeups because they contain animal products. I personally think and also know that, while some farms treat their animals with a little less respect and care than other farms.
    AIR.News910

  15. Faringdon Community College Faringdon Community College

    After much thought, I decided to vote for a veganism society, the less popular viewpoint (with, at the time, only 34% of people agreeing with me). This was however, not a quick decision, I found this a really difficult question to answer because I was considering veganism as a WHOLE society, not just as certain people. Considering the WHOLE society, there are definitely negatives to veganism, it is not AlWAYS healthier (some people struggle to get all the vitamins), and I don’t agree that it is automatically cruel to harvest a resource from an animal, as well as other reasons.

    However, as a WHOLE society meat eaters have problems too: lots of people still aren’t healthy with this kind of eating and you can’t deny lots of animals are treated unfairly to sustain this lifestyle.

    It is undeniable that there are both advantages as well as disadvantages to both lifestyles (veganism and meat- eating), and it is quite hard to balance out which one is better just based on the facts alone. Also, people probably have different opinions on this topic, just because of how they live and what circumstances they are in; for instance, a farmer might see how sweet animals are and not want to harm them while a meat eater with no pets might not be able to sympathise at all because he doesn’t feel connected to have animals and have no feelings for them, therefore not feeling bad for eating meat.

    Statistically, and weighing the pros and cons up to make a decision is hard: although veganism loses on being a harder diet to live, it makes up for in healthiness , so I made my mind up purely on the MINDSET of the different societies:

    Let me explain myself: a vegan lifestyle is a huge commitment, a huge change in your life so you have to feel strongly about something to follow through with this diet and personally, I feel that the two things vegans are focused on is a great thing: they either want to be healthy, want to improve animal’s welfare or both. This is a mindset and two things which are great. In contrast, most meat eaters were born eating meat and animal products and so most (although not all) meat eaters don’t actively choose to eat meat, rather than alternatives, they have just eaten meat all their lives and have known nothing else, and I am fine to admit that I was one of these people before this topic.

    It’s this active choice to improve their own and animals’ lives which made me believe that a vegan society is a better society: it means they are focused on being healthy, and they are focused on helping animals. These two reasons are so thoughtful and things to be applauded. Meat eaters CAN still eat a healthy diet and CAN still try and source cruelty free products but lots do not.

    I just think that these two reasons that vegans take up this diet (being healthy and helping animals) are kind and considerate and really empathetic. Personally, I think being empathetic and aware of problems and trying to solve these is better than turning a blind eye just because eating meat is easier.

    Cruelty to animals and problems with unhealthy diets, like obesity, nutrient deficiencies etc are both big problems in today’s society that we need to find an answer to. This is why I’m with veganism being a better society because these people, these vegans, are all trying to actively fix these problems, putting loads of effort into helping solve these problems, not turning a blind eye like many meat eaters: they are doing stuff to help, not doing little or nothing at all.

    -Blueleopard

  16. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I think that a Vegan society would not be a good society because…..
    -Eating vegetables and would be plain
    -You need meat in your life
    -It will be unhealthy
    -You could die
    – It won’t be a healthy diet
    -You can possibly get cancer
    – You could get an illness
    BlueRules

  17. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    think that a Vegan society would not be a good society because…..
    -Eating vegetables and would be plain
    -You need meat in your life
    -It will be unhealthy
    -You could die
    –It won’t be a healthy diet
    -You can possibly get cancer
    –You could get an illness
    -Lack of nutritions
    -Not enough energy
    -Blood will weaken
    BlueRules

  18. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I think that a vegan society would be a beneficial to the environment and a healthier option because a vegan diet is higher in vitamin C and fibre. If people were being cautious of the body and health, they could think turning vegan would be a sensible long term diet. In addition, by avoiding meat and dairy products, you are consuming less saturated fat, which reduces high cholesterol and heart disease. In turn, this would lower obesity rates and therefore reduce pressure on the NHS, where, according to NHS statistics, it was estimated Hospitals in England reported 11,740 inpatient admissions with a primary diagnosis of obesity in 2011/12, up 1% on the previous year. However, if you decided to eat bread, crisps and chips everyday, you would technically be following a vegan diet but it wouldn’t be healthy. Therefore, a vegan diet is better for the environment and society in general, as long as you keep it healthy and follow a balanced diet.

    FloweryAngel

  19. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I don’t think a vegan society is better because how would you get protein and b-12? Although these nutrients can come from plant sources, like pulses, many people rely on meat as their main source of protein and may not change their diet significantly enough to ensure they get all the nutrients they need. In addition, if you don’t get enough calcium, this could affect your growth. Young children and the elderly particularly depend on milk as a major source of calcium. Even though you can get calcium in vegetables like potatoes, it is easier to have a glass of milk. Also potatoes contain lots of carbohydrates, which can lead to obesity if you eat too many. Also just eating plant products could get boring and vegan foods are often more expensive. Meat is fine in moderation and if farmers ensure their animals are properly looked after.

    AngelDevil

  20. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    My opinion is that ‘Veganism is NOT a better society’
    1.There are many reasons why veganism is a good society. Many people think that it is a healthier way of living however,if you do not eat certain meats you won’t be provided with vitamins that are essential to your organs such as protein and B12. Protein helps your blood cells by supporting them and helping them grow healthily.In addition to this, if you do not eat those meats you won’t be provided the correct amount of vitamins ,which are essential for your health. Even though, some vegetables and fruits contain those vitamins they do not contain them in such a big amount as the meats do, that means that you should eat more of those vegetables and fruits but that wouldn’t be a balanced diet which isn’t good for your health at all.

    GoldenRespect

  21. St Peter's Primary School St Peter's Primary School

    I think that a vegan society is a better society because:

    A: Animals are living creatures. Why should we have the right to kill them?
    B: You can get all of the vitamins and minerals you need from vegan options. Also, there are many vegan options for food such as almond/coconut milk.
    C: There are many eco-friendly ways to transport goods around the world e.g. Battery-powered vehicles.
    D: Being vegan can be difficult as you may have to look hard for vegan options but it will not be impossible.
    E: You need 7kg of crops to get 1kg of beef. Why not just eat the crops straight away?

    That is why I think that a vegan society is a better society.

    DragonQueen

    • Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

      @DragonQueen, we disagree with your first point as although they are living creatures, it is definitely normal for humans to kill animals for products, it’s been happening forever! Also, animals hunt other animals as it is generally normal for their lifestyle. We need the nutrients that the certain animals have such as their meat to function properly therefore we should carry on living like we already are.
      -Tigerteam

  22. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    My views on veganism are pretty split. My reasons are:

    Veganism can help stop animal cruelty as supermarkets won’t be selling as much meat, therefore animals won’t be kept in poor conditions and exploited for their products. . Also, some meats contain a lot of fats (but that depends on how you cook it) and if you eat vegetables like cucumber more often you will become healthier as they are high in protein and carbs. However, if we grow more vegetables we would have to take up more land which would eventually lead to deforestation. Also, many farmers would be put out of business because the supermarkets would have no need for their animals.

    So, in my opinion, even though there are arguments for and against veganism, I believe people should eat a balanced diet, not just vegetables, as this could damage society more than helping it

    LoopyLama

  23. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    First of all I thought that I couldn’t chose whether veganism would be best for society or not, however at last I decided that a VEGAN SOCIETY IS NOT A BETTER SOCIETY. First of all we need to under what veganism is. Veganism is a way of living where you don’t eat any products of animals and all forms of exploitation and cruelty to animals will be avoided. People would not eat eggs and milk-and other sorts of products- and wear clothes that are made out of animals.
    These are the points that made me decided that a VEGAN SOCIETY IS NOT A BETTER SOCIETY:

    1. You need protein to survive. This is because it helps your blood cell to grow and without protein in your body your blood cells would be suffering to hold strong, slowly and you would die to. Although crops contain protein it does not have enough protein inside that you need in your life. So eating meat is the best option if you want to life without any worry.
    2. Having a healthy diet IS important however it isn’t a bit over the top and it’s a bit drastic. Because you can’t even eat anything that contains eggs or milk. And as scientists show that you need to have a least one egg- especially if you are a child.
    3. Not all animals are exploited, some are treated really well.
    Pricless Bunnie

  24. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    In my opinion vegan society is not a better society. I think this because, despite what people think that being vegan is the healthier and better way of living, the cows have already consumed and broke down all of the crops, some humans can not properly digest, ready for us to eat containing all of the vitamins and minerals we need to grow healthy and properly. Social media is getting more and more accounts everyday, it is a big influence on everybody. Some people believe that it is only because social media that veganism has became popular and more people have decided to follow it. However, it actually comes down to parenting and personal experiences for people to decide on there dieting. Being a vegan is not all healthy, you could just be eating bread,crisps and chips everyday and would be basically be following a vegan diet. I respect people who are vegans/vegetarians because they do not like the idea of animal slaughter for human benefits,however not all animals are born to die, most farmers love their animals and let them live to the end of there life before killing them. Britain’s vegan population has increased from 150,000 to 542,000. I am an omnivore, I eat a bit of everything I like meat and I like vegetables and I believe everybody should be able to choose their diet based on their own personal experiences, while still respecting the environment.

    KongDaSavage

  25. Elaine Primary Academy Elaine Primary Academy

    I don’t think the whole society should become vegans as it is not being cruel to animals. Many animals would not have the chance of life if they were not being reared for their products. Farmers would not be able to afford to keep them if they were not making a profit. Happycow.net claim that animal cruelty is one of the main reasons people around the world choose a vegan diet. Documentaries such as Black Fish and Earthlings which talk about animal cruelty and human disrespect for the environment are popular especially when celebrities get involved. However, not all animals are treated badly during their lifetimes and some images and videos may be used to create an image that is not entirely true. Carrie Mess a farmer writing in the guardian challenged videos created by PETA (people for the ethical treatment of animals) which showed dairy farmers mistreating their cows by hitting them and dragging them along the floor. However, Carrie Mess explains that sometimes farmers do this to help the cows survive because if they lay down and refuse to move, they can die. Many animals had a good life on farms and without the need for meat and animal products, they would have no chance to live at all. Therefore, I would not enjoy becoming a vegan not just because the majority of the animal cruelty stories may not be completely true but also I love meat and would like the choice to have a varied and balanced diet. A vegan society would maybe be a boring society

    TigerTeam

  26. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    We think that an Anti – Vegan society is a better society as :

    1. Animal meat and their products contain vital minerals and vitamins that vegans cannot consume.
    2. Some foods can only be grown in a few countries consequently, if a plant is very popular then forests will have to be chopped down to create space for more to be planted. That is a cause of deforestation.
    3. Bringing vegetables across countries for everyone can have a high expense and the more you bring them , the vehicles will
    let out additional pollution that is not needed.

    chocolateunicorn21 & redpanda27 & bluemonkey14

  27. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    Everyone’s favourite chat show , Ellen DeGeneres says that eating meat is harmful towards nature because it is equal to driving a small car for 30km but eating lettuce is three times worse than eating bacon.The soy bean is the symbol of the vegan lifestyle and has been marketed for decades but it has a dark side , fermented soy is OK however the western people eat unfermented soy mostly with tofu or soy milk which creates hormones imbalances.Almond is the most healthiest nuts on earth but we need millions of litres of water to produce them it takes around 5 litres to grow one almond the demand of more almonds have caused deforestation. Guacamole is extremely popular but drugs have been hidden in them, so authorities are asking farmers to hand over 10% of their land and if they refused they are killed.Being vegan is bad because you won’t get enough vitamins called B12 and will lead to cancer and heart disease.

  28. St Mary's and St John's Church of England School St Mary's and St John's Church of England School

    Everyone’s favourite chat show , Ellen DeGeneres says that eating meat is harmful towards nature because it is equal to driving a small car for 30km but eating lettuce is three times worse than eating bacon.The soy bean is the symbol of the vegan lifestyle and has been marketed for decades but it has a dark side , fermented soy is OK however the western people eat unfermented soy mostly with tofu or soy milk which creates hormones imbalances.Almond is the most healthiest nuts on earth but we need millions of litres of water to produce them it takes around 5 litres to grow one almond the demand of more almonds have caused deforestation. Guacamole is extremely popular but drugs have been hidden in them, so authorities are asking farmers to hand over 10% of their land and if they refused they are killed.Being vegan is bad because you won’t get enough vitamins called B12 and will lead to cancer and heart disease.

    BlueEyesWhiteDragon andBluelime21

  29. Malcolm Arnold Academy Malcolm Arnold Academy

    There is scientific evidence that suggests over 3 million years ago, all humans were vegans. Furthermore, around this time, humans were advancing and evolving at a faster rate than we currently are today. This is why a vegan society is better.
    Also, eating more vegan based food helps your brain and body.
    These are the reason why I believe that a vegan society is better.

    @The~Asgardian~Reporter

    Sources:
    https://www.lightonconspiracies.com/ancestors-nearly-vegetarian/
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/diagnosis-diet/201709/the-vegan-brain

  30. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I think Veganism is not good for the society because how will you get your vitamin B12 and protein from that helps reduce high blood cholesterol levels but we do know there is vitamin supplements. How do we know they work as efficient as the actual vitamin B12 that comes from some plants and animals. How do you we know ift there are just another ‘super food’. Another reason is that the European Union imports 440,000 tonnes of avocados each year. And while the food production industry is keeping up with demand, we rarely stop to consider the environmental impacts of trendy food, as we are distracted by the new experiences and health benefits it delivers.
    Link:
    https://www.shu.ac.uk/Learn%20more/Avocados
    Sluglove123

  31. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    I think Veganism is not good for the society because how will you get your vitamin B12 and protein from that helps reduce high blood cholesterol levels but we do know there is vitamin supplements. How do we know they work as efficient as the actual vitamin B12 that comes from some plants and animals. How do you we know if it is just another ‘super food’. Another reason is that the European Union imports 440,000 tonnes of avocados each year. And while the food production industry is keeping up with demand, we rarely stop to consider the environmental impacts of trendy food, as we are distracted by the new experiences and health benefits it delivers.
    Link:
    https://www.shu.ac.uk/Learn%20more/Avocados
    Sluglove123

  32. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    You might think going vegan means you won’t be harming animals, as you will no longer be eating meat, fish and other animal related products such as dairy and eggs. And even though there are UK and EU laws that help protect animals from abuse and to slaughter animals as humanly as possible, I think going vegan does nothing to save animals, and would not have a huge impact on saving future animals from being slaughtered. This is due to the growing global population, more animals will be needed to be farmed for its meat and its by-products, therefore it will be still be in demand, and I don’t think the demand for it will decrease in the near future.

    Going vegan also means being healthier. This is true, as there is scientific research that has shown veganism can improve your diet and protect your health, such as from heart disease, compared to those who are on a non-vegan diet. However, a vegan diet can also be unhealthy, such as eating too much deep-fried vegetables, such as potato chips/ crisps, or using too much of the very popular coconut oil, which is high is saturated fats. In addition, a vegan diet also doesn’t provide all the nutrients and vitamins needed, which you would normally get from animal products, and deficiencies in vital vitamins would cause:-
    – vitamin B12 (found in meat, dairy and eggs, and deficiency causes irreversible nervous system damage);
    – vitamin D (from the sun’s UV rays, crucial for bone growth, and deficiency causes rickets);
    – calcium (from dairy products essential for strong bones);
    – iron (lack of it leads to anaemia); and
    – protein (found in meat, fish, dairy and eggs, also found in nuts, pulses and wholegrain, but does not contain all the essential amino acids).

    However, this doesn’t mean going vegan is not good as you can always take additional supplements (such as multivitamin food supplement tablets) that does not require you to eat animal products. If you know how to do vegan correctly, it is very healthy.

    Other than for animal welfare and for your health, going vegan can help the environment. Farming animals takes a lot of hard work and land, from growing vegetation to feed it, and the amount of water needed for the animals and their food, and the amount of space to house the animals and for the animals to run freely, when the land can be used to solely grow vegetation for human consumption. Another, is the environmental impact farming animals contribute to the CO2 levels (including bovine flatulence, which is a big problem and a contributor to global warming) – a lot of transportation is takes to farming the animal to the slaughter house and finally onto our plates. However, today, our fruit and vegetables also come from all over the world, and that too is a lot of transportation, unless we shop from locally sourced produce, mostly available at farmers markets.

    To conclude, many think going vegan is better for animal welfare, your personal health, and for the environment. And I personally think vegan society is not necessarily a bad thing, but you must keep in mind that everything should be eaten in moderation to maintain a healthy diet with all the correct nutrients and vitamins. Also, I must state, that vegan is not only a diet, but also a lifestyle.

    BlueRules

  33. Arnhem Wharf Primary School Arnhem Wharf Primary School

    Well done!
    NEWSJUNIOR at Arnhem wharf primary school and BLUELEOPARD at faringdon community college for winning.

    Muntie123

  34. St Saviour's & St Olave's School St Saviour's & St Olave's School

    Football is bad news
    Because people can be rude
    When they watch a match

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