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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

Does Pfizer/BioNTech's Comirnaty/Tozinameran mRNA vaccine contain anything derived from animals, specifically animal-derived cholesterol, making it non-vegan? No. Neither the cholesterol nor any ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

An amino acid was first isolated in 1806, by French chemists Louis Nicolas Vauquelin and Pierre Jean Robiquet The proteins present in food are all composed of a group of amino-acids. The amino-acids ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

Adele Hite wrote about this claim on her blog "Eathropology": Let’s see how similar caloric intakes of steak and broccoli stack up when comparing how these two foods provide for essential amino ...
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Does having one fewer child reduce my carbon footprint as much as 71+ people going vegan?

To come up with the emission per child, the original source Reproduction and the carbon legacies of individuals Global Environmental Change Volume 19, Issue 1, February 2009, pages 14-20, is ...
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Is it common that North Americans who call themselves 'vegetarian' eat fish?

The Vegetarian Resource Group summarizes a survey: "of the self-identified vegetarians (32 total), 75% do not eat meat, fish or poultry, which we classify as vegetarian, while 25% do eat meat, fish or ...
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Was Hitler a vegetarian?

TL;DR: It's complicated... Evidence shows that Hitler genuinely tried to become vegetarian in the early 30s, with some failings at times due to occasional consumption of ham, liver dumplings or some ...
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Is a vegan diet nutritionally complete and suitable for babies?

In short: Exclusive breastfeeding, when possible, is the most suitable form of feeding for all healthy infants, including the vegan ones, up to 6 months of age (Vegan Society, World Health ...
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Are the vast majority of vegans Vitamin B12 deficient?

Summary The evidence about the prevalence of vitamin B12 deficiency in vegans comes mainly from this review of studies in EJCN, 2015: The results differed widely (2.4-78%) among studies, but 45% of ...
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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

The attribution in the question is incorrect. This quote from the article: Vaccines based on mRNA […] are still based on animal cholesterol, which has several disadvantages. For the industrial ...
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Do most people have no idea where their food comes from or how it’s made?

Yes, Viva!, a UK-based pro-vegan charity conducted a survey in 2016. Here is their press release dated four days before the cited article. Note, this was not a scientific study, published in a peer-...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

Since most of the answers base their claims on numbers and are a bit shaky here's something from human physiology and bio-availability perspective. First lets start with mass, a very nice figure ...
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Is it possible for dogs to have a vegetarian diet?

In brief summary, "Yes, but." To answer my own question, there is some real research on vegetarian diets for canines: Nutritional and ethical issues regarding vegetarianism in the domestic dog (...
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Can domestic cats be healthy as vegetarians?

Here's a link to an article about feline diet evolving idiosyncratic needs: Idiosyncratic nutrient requirements of cats appear to be diet-induced evolutionary adaptations* The nutrient requirements ...
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Is there a connection between sleep patterns and meat-eating?

No. Vegetarianism is not associated with more healthful sleep patterns, per se. Lowering the intake of protein hurts sleep quality. Moreover, the consumption of certain types of foods which impact ...
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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

It is clear that a requirement for prior animal testing poses a problem for strict vegans, for any vaccine. (...) Does Pfizer/BionTech's Comirnaty/Tozinameran mRNA vaccine contain in the final product ...
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How legit is this graph of heart disease and cancer vs unrefined plant foods?

The graph is incorrect. I will just look at Hungary vs. Greece for now, but other counties' data are available at the same source. Hungary.........Greece Coronary ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

You do not need meat (or even milk or eggs) to get all the protein (with all amino acids required) you need. The Vegetarian Resource Group - Vrg.org: It is easy for a vegan diet to meet ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

The claims, like "meat, dairy, and eggs trigger an inflammatory reaction inside the body" arise from the studies in which they observed increased blood levels of "inflammatory markers," like C-...
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Does going vegan roughly save 600 gallons of water a day?

Short answer: No. It's possible to save as much, but probably not average. It depends on what the vegan eats. However, it'd be fair to say an average vegan diet saves about 300-500 gallons of water ...
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Are vegetarians more intelligent?

Unknown. A 2019 meta-review The effects of plant-based diets on the body and the brain: a systematic review looks at the available evidence. The final sentence of the abstract is Still, putative ...
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Can you get sufficient protein from a vegan diet?

As pointed out in the answers by Looft and Jan, we don't need to eat animal products to get all the amino acids we need. Here we must also consider the fact that the recommendations by the IoM ...
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Does the average American eat 7,000 animals during their lives?

The average person will chomp down on 7,000 animals during their lives, according to the Vegetarian Calculator The US life expectancy is 79 year. The calculator says 15,958 animals for 79 years. ...
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Is a vegan diet nutritionally complete and suitable for babies?

If you're talking about small babies, here's a review of soy formulas: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24507712 (emphasis mine) The present review includes cross-sectional, case-control, cohort ...
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Does broccoli have a nervous system?

From Involvement of receptor potentials and action potentials in mechano-perception in plants Australian Journal of Plant Physiology (2001) volume 28, page 567-576: Plants are always exposed to ...
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Has the lifespan of farmed animals decreased?

Tl;dr, artificially, yes. Farm animal lifespans have decreased. Naturally? I doubt it. The average lifespan of a cow is usually 15-20 years (Cow Longevity Conference, 2013), though a website that ...
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Does the average American eat 7,000 animals during their lives?

Issue: Does the average American eat 7,000 animals during his/her lifetime? Evidence: 2008 figures give a average number of total animals consumed per American lifetime as 21,000 (sea animals-19,000 ...
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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

Supply chain arrangements are not required to be made public, although the regulatory agencies do know about them (due to GMP requirements). Regarding Pfizer/BioNTech's claim of non-animal cholesterol,...
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Can domestic cats be healthy as vegetarians?

There isn't enough evidence to say whether it is safe for cats to be vegetarians. One study "Evaluation of cats fed vegetarian diets and attitudes of their caregivers" (quoted below) ...
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Does vegetarianism cause any decline in the slaughter of animals in the food industry?

Considering the dramatic rise of meat consumption by the non-vegitarians I don't think the rather small percentage of vegitarians can make much of an impact as such. "Meat production and consumption ...
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