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Currently, I am planning out an investigative research paper, called an extended essay, for the IB Program at my school. It is due after Summer break but a rough draft is due May 2nd.

My research question is (not exactly worded): What are the various reasons (environmental, ethical, health, cultural, etc.) why people choose a vegan lifestyle and diet?

The final essay is 4,000 words max.

:) I was just wondering if anyone had and suggestions on what to include or any sources to share. I'd love as much information as possible even though I'm doing my own research as well.

UPDATE: First draft is posted http://www.30bananasaday.com/profiles/blogs/essay-on-veganism-1 if anyone would like to read, comment, advise, or criticize :P 

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greetings bree! and welcome to 30bad!

the 3 pillars upon which veg stands have already been cited by you:

Health, Environment, Ethics

there is a wealth of material available in each area, so what's important is to organize the essay so that all the quantity makes a quality impact.

possibly the best source for the health argument is dr greger's

http://nutritionfacts.org/

he brings peer reviewed studies published in prestigious journals to the general public better than anyone i've seen.

however, there are many other sources too most notably one of greger's mentors:

http://drmcdougall.com/

as well as neal barnard and his excellent group:

http://pcrm.org/

understand that these aren't fallacious, back-to-nature resources. this is hard science presented by people well-established in the medical sciences.

there is plenty of work done in the environment arena (and kristina's links will contain some of this information). here's a typical summary:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/infographic-veganism-and-the-env...

however, what is most interesting is that world organizations are actually taking the matter seriously these days. for instance, consider the UN's stance:

http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/un-says-go-vegan

so this is really pretty powerful stuff when properly presented!

the ethics is an easy one because there can be no morality arguable in the imprisonment, exploitation, abuse and murder of sentient beings. the ammunition available in this area is enormous. here is an example of some of the different angles people come from:

http://www.thevegetariansite.com/ethics_phil.htm

(be sure to follow the links to see the different types of arguments)

there are lots more people than these of course. you may want to examine other prominent authors such as joan dunayerjeffrey masson, gary yourofsky, philosopher dr david sztybel (lots on his website, btw), or a couple of my prolific-writing friends anti-supremacist kel, vegan 'historian' jon fergus, ben isacat.

you may want to approach the ethics component from a fallacies perspective:

Fallacy in Animal Rights and Vegan Discussions

or you can focus on pursuing a specific theoretical analysis as jacob does here:

Negative Preference Morality

there's a lot on 30bad too, but the 'index' thread is probably this one:

animal rights on 30bad

which will lead you to most of the important discussions on this forum.

two threads you might find very enjoyable there are:

amazing animal altruism

are humans unique in the animal kingdom?

let me know when your essay is done and if it works out well and you are willing, we'll put it up on tf as we did alexandra's:

Jonathan Balcombe: A Passionate Ethologist

you are welcome to contact me at anytime, if you feel you require any assistance.

in friendship,

prad

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