Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

Living Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Plant-Based Diets and Scientific Value Judgments

  • John Rossi
  • Samual Garner
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6167-4_312-2



Diets containing animal products predominate in the developed world. Fewer than 10 % of persons in the USA follow a vegetarian-inclined diet; fewer than 3 % are strict vegetarians who consume no meat, poultry, or fish; and less than 1 % are vegans who consume no animal products (Vegetarian Times 2008). Furthermore, diets in the developed world are often characterized by heavy consumption of animal products– up to 250 pounds annually (Daniel et al. 2011). As the developing world industrializes, industrial animal agriculture is expanding, and dietary patterns are shifting towards the heavy consumption of animal products characteristic of the West (Delgado 2003). Despite these facts, the consumption of animal products has become the object of much moral scrutiny over the past few decades, because of animal welfare concerns, environmental concerns, public health concerns,...


Dietary Pattern Serum Ferritin Animal Product Serum Ferritin Level Nutritional Adequacy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Community Health and PreventionDrexel University School of Public HealthPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.HJF-Division of AIDSNational Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIHBethesdaUSA