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Some crops can harm animals indirectly while grown/harvested.

Researcher Brian Tomasik has tried to do some rough estimates: for example, legumes appears to inflict less accidental suffering than cereals. Sunflower seeds may sometimes be protected by poisoning birds. Etc.

What crops generally cause the least accidental harm?? Which ones kill and/or harm the biggest number of animals?

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    While answer to this question would certainly interest me, I feel that it is rather off-topic in it's current form. – Alexander Rossa Feb 3 '17 at 15:20
  • @AlexanderRossa in its current form it looks ok to me. – James Jenkins Feb 3 '17 at 16:15
  • To elaborate, I see no clear connection to vegetarianism/veganism. Minimisation of needless suffering is an important part of someone's dietary choices, it is however, as suggested by many threads on this site, hardly the only reason, or the most important one. Moreover, the suffering induced by processes described in the question is not caused directly by humans, but by the very nature of given plants. These things may play part in the bigger scheme of things and be responsible for natural regulation of one specie or another. I believe this question would fare better on agricultural Q&A. – Alexander Rossa Feb 3 '17 at 18:14
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    @AlexanderRossa to a suffering non-human animal it doesn't matter whether the cause is humans or not. IMO, whenever harm can be avoided, it should be. Agricultural practices (as well as 'nature' of a given crop, for that matter) are changeable. And veganism is all about preventing or at least minimising suffering -- human-caused or not. – Alexandr Nil Feb 3 '17 at 19:17
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    @AlexanderRossa I strongly disagree with you. If suffering caused to animals in agriculture is not a veg*n issue, then, I don't know what is! – Zanna Feb 3 '17 at 20:45