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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

Status: unresolved Preliminary summary: Neither Pfizer nor Moderna make that information publicly available. Inquiries were so far unsuccessful. Some authority sources claim that the finished product ...
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Are the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna vegan?

Another source, also within the UK NHS, says of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine All lipid excipients used in the vaccine are either from plant-derived sources or are synthetic and have no animal ...
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Does vegetarianism save animals?

It's all supply and demand really. If the demand is reduced, prices will fall in order for the excessive stock to be reduced. In the long term though prices can not fall lower than the cost of ...
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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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