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How does the cost of production of soya milk compare to cow's milk?

This question really made me curious. Where I live (Romania, developing country within Eastern Europe), it's the same: soy milk is (much) more expensive than cow's milk. The price difference has many ...
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How much more would beef cost in the USA without government subsidies?

According to this video by MinuteEarth, a grocery bill of $200 including all kinds of food would cost an additional: $10 if not for various forms of government subsidies. $25 if people somehow paid ...
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What options are available for vegan investing?

For the purposes of this answer I'll be using three terms: Animal-neutral businesses are not built on selling or exploiting animals, but neither do they make any special effort to avoid it. Example: ...
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How much more would beef cost in the USA without government subsidies?

This is a tricky question. As you pointed out, meat subsidies don't just come in the form of a check written from the government to the meat industries. As well as money, there are the lack of ...
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Does eating in a mixed buffet drive up meat demand, even if I only eat vegetarian dishes?

From a sensible capitalist's viewpoint, it should not drive meat demand up as long as you only eat vegetarian stuff, as you noticed yourself. Now real life restaurant owners/managers might not be ...
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Why are agricultural subsidies directed primarily towards animal agriculture?

Many of the subsidies are based on rationales that may not really be relevant to how the industry is set up now such as lots of independent small farmers producing output independent of each other. ...
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Does buying quinoa really take food away from people in Peru and Bolivia?

Here's a more recent article from Smithsonian that agrees with the Slate one. From a working paper written by the Towson University Department of Economics: "Using a database of Peruvian household ...
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Does eating in a mixed buffet drive up meat demand, even if I only eat vegetarian dishes?

I think that the most certain way to diminish meat consumption is to inform the restaurant about eating preferences. The larger the group of vegetarians, the greater the effect in diminishing meat ...
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Would the global economic system collapse if the vegetarian diet became popular?

I'm not an economist, but global economic collapse seems unlikely. I've assembled a small collection of quotations here from different sources with hypotheses about the economic impact of a big shift ...
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Can a vegan ethically buy animal leather knowingly?

The leather product (ElmoSoft) sold by this company (Elmo) is definitively NOT taken from a cow that died of natural causes. The clearest proof is from their supplier code of conduct in which they ...
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Does buying whey increase demand for dairy?

No it’s a waste product that’s been repurposed. New Zealand has one of the largest dairy industries and only a fraction of the whey produced is used for human consumption (such as cheese and protein ...
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Is it cheaper to sustain a vegetarian diet?

It is hard to give an exact answer to this question because it is highly dependent of the location, the actual types of food consumed and possible local culture. Short answer: A vegetarian diet ...
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Is it cheaper to sustain a vegetarian diet?

I hate to say "it depends" but it does. Firstly, on where you are. However, in my experience of New Zealand, European, and Asian countries it can be and may be in other parts of the world. Generally ...
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How much is leather a byproduct of meat production?

A contrasting perspective from European market knowledge: Cow leather in Europe comes almost exclusively from adult cattle. Calf leather is usually labelled as such and is more expensive, so I would ...
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How much is leather a byproduct of meat production?

Nic, you've asked a number of questions here, but let me do my best to impart what I know. Cattle leather does come from various types of cattle, including calves, buffaloes, and zebus. In no sense ...
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How quickly could veganism realistically grow?

The vegan YouTuber known as Mic. the Vegan recently posted a video on this subject. Here's a graph showing how many farmed animals would remain if all farms immediately ceased animal breeding but ...
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Does buying whey increase demand for dairy?

Yes, it's a waste product that's been repurposed. Repurposed into a product. So this may sound like a trick answer, but I think it depends what you mean by demand. Just because it doesn't make ...
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Do apiculturists make more money from honey or pollination services?

For each individual beekeeper, it depends. The price of bee products (honey, pollen, etc.) change over time, and so does the price of pollination services that beekeepers provide. But it seems like ...
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Is it cheaper to sustain a vegetarian diet?

I have experience related to this question from two countries: Slovakia and the United Kingdom. In Slovakia, where the vegetarian and vegan products are scarce, it turned out to be quite ...

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