Vegetarianism, a very simple idea yet so hard for people in America to grasp. Vegetarianism first originated in India. The primary reason for vegetarianism in India was to promote Ahimsa. Ahimsa simply means non-violence. Later on, vegetarianism spread across the world, particularly to America. It became well known in America because it followed the whole "going green" initiative. Recently, The Telegraph came out with an article which stated that adopting a vegetarian diet based around meat substitutes such as tofu can actually cause more harm to the environment. Reading this your probably wondering why would anyone be a vegetarian? On the contrary, athletes, especially runners love the idea of vegetarianism. In a recent article by Clint Chepra, he states that in the sport of ultra-running, a plant based nutrition has more benefits compared to a carnivorous diet. Another argument that many times comes up is meat is the primary source of protein. In a study done by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they concluded that the vegetarian diet did not have adverse effects on bone loss.
Overall all these articles have valid claims and are mostly accurate. What makes them accurate is the research and studies which have gone on behind the scenes. For example, in the bone loss study, they did research on 200 females over the course of 2 years to ensure that they got unbiased data. For the ultra-running claim, Mr. Chepra went through many different exercises to come up with his findings
In conclusion, research shows that the pros outweigh the cons for vegetarianism. Though tofu may harm the environment there is more than just tofu to vegetarianism. In fact there are more than vegetables to vegetarianism! Of course you don't have to take my word for it. Let the research speak for itself!