Humans are omnivorous, which means they are capable of surviving on a variety of food sources and thrive on a broad-spectrum diet that includes grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein. People who follow a vegetarian diet, in the simplest terms, do not eat meat. However, different cultures and individuals have distinct understandings of what constitutes vegetarianism. Because the definition of a term like "meat" varies across cultures and regions, one person or culture might consider a diet that includes fish to be vegetarian while another person or culture does not.
People choose to become vegetarian for religious, philosophical, economic, environmental, or health-related reasons. In 2014 the Heinrich Böll Foundation estimated that about 375 million people worldwide identified as vegetarian. India has...Read more