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Vegetarian Diets and Children

People have different views when it comes to children’s diets especially if it excludes elements such as meat and or other animal products. But if done properly the dietary requirements of children can be met and healthy development will be achieved.

Due to protein being an essential element of muscle development and growth, a child with a vegetarian diet must find other sources of protein to sufficiently supply their body’s needs. Vegetarian foods that have a good source of protein include;

-        Dairy products

-        Eggs

-        Grains

-        Legumes

-        Pulses

-        And soy products

Foods with protein should be included in every meal to ensure the required protein is met. Children with vegetarian diets also have to be careful with the amount of fibre in their diets. Too much fibre can lead to poor absorption of important nutrients such as iron, zinc and calcium.

Young children also have high energy needs, to provide for their energy needs their diets should include a mixture of refined and unrefined cereals as well as dairy products, fruits and vegetables and oils.

With enough care a vegetarian diet can suit a child’s needs. The most important thing is to know what is needed for their development and to make sure their dietary requirements are being met. 


What if the whole world became vegetarian?


Recently SBS highlighted an article published by The article looked at a study that asked the question of what would happen to the planet if all the people adopted a vegetarian or vegan diet. The question was asked by because of the rapidly increasing population and thus the increased consumption of animal products. The consequences of this increased consumption on climate change, pollution and land use could be catastrophic.

The animal product industry is one of the top contributors to climate change, directly and indirectly contributing to roughly 14.5 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. In 2009 researchers from the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency looked at three projections of greenhouse gas emissions. They were if people ate less meat, no meat or no animal products at all.  

The predictions showed that universal veganism would reduce agricultural-related carbon emissions by 17 percent, methane emissions by 24 percent and nitrous oxide emissions by 21 percent. Universal vegetarianism would result in similarly impressive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. The most impressive fact found from the study was that all this would be achieved at a much lower cost than carbon taxes and renewable energy technology.

The study wasn’t trying to look at a possible goal for the future because getting all people to become vegetarian or vegan would be impossible. The Researchers also didn’t take into account other socio-economic implications that might arise. The study was done primarily to look at how vegetarianism and veganism can contribute to more sustainable future for the environment.

For more check out the full SBS article at the link below:



The Vegetarian Butcher


ABC recently did an article on their website that focused on Suzy Spoon the vegetarian butcher. Suzy whose parents owned an abattoir and large butcher shop in Sydney has taken a similar line of work but instead of selling animal products she crafts and sells vegetarian sausages, burgers and other choice ‘cuts’.

Suzy says while many vegetarians and vegans appreciate her services others are upset with her for using the word butcher. Spoon explains that ‘I make sausages, I make burger patties and schnitzels. I do the things a butcher does; I just don’t slaughter the animals’. Suzy after working on a chicken farm turned vegetarian and hasn’t eaten meat for 28 years.

Suzy now has loyal customers that travel across Sydney to dine in or take away her vegan and vegetarian ‘meats’. She is happy that she sells a different product to what her family business does. For more on the article view the following link.