How common is vegetarianism in Mexico


Table of Contents

  1. Generally
  2. Background and characteristics
  3. reasons
  4. Criticism and Outlook


Vegetarianism is a form of nutrition in which animals are not consumed. Not only mammals, but also e.g. fish, birds and insects are of concern, as well as all forms of processing that result in fatty acids, edible gelatine, beef or chicken broth and animal rennet. Depending on the degree of vegetarianism, animal products such as eggs and milk are desired ("ovo-lacto-vegetarianism") or undesirable (e.g. rejection of eggs because of the killing of male chicks and of milk because of the removal of the calves and the pain caused by a bulging udder). Vegans reject all products of animal origin, not just in nutrition. Fruitarians (also called fructarians or fructarians) eat fruits, nuts, and seeds, not the plant itself.

Background and characteristics

In India, especially in the south, vegetarianism has a long tradition. There are numerous meat-free dishes on the menu in the Mediterranean region. Vegetarianism is considered to be the healthiest form of nutrition, alongside those with small amounts of meat or fish.The industry has discovered both vegetarianism and veganism and is constantly bringing relevant foods and clothing to market. At the same time, one or the other lobby, together with politicians, is opposed to a consistent declaration. In Switzerland, for example, it is not usually stated whether packaged cheese contains animal or microbial rennet. In Germany there is no need to inform about the filtering of juice and wine with gelatine. Vegetarian and vegan wines are usually labeled as such. Basically, labels and lists should ensure security.


Vegetarianism and veganism have many causes. It is wrong to see religious movements in it. Rather, a few religious movements have incorporated vegetarianism or veganism, as has most of them the (different ritualized) meat consumption. Moral, economic and ecological reasons are often given. There is also disgusting vegetarianism - you recognize that there is an animal corpse on the plate, and then you have a defensive attitude, similar to human flesh. In animal ethics, the ability of all living things to suffer plays a central role (Jeremy Bentham), as does compassion for people (Arthur Schopenhauer). Animal rights activists oppose factory farming or farm animal husbandry in general, and against cruelty and killing of animals.

Criticism and Outlook

Meat eaters often react emotionally to vegetarians and vegans. One reason for this may be that they see their way of life being questioned in a fundamental way, another that dietary habits are linked to gender roles and, for example, men who despise meat are rejected. With a view to protecting the environment and the climate, options such as population limitation, restriction of air and car traffic and the abolition of livestock farming are at most taken note of, but not tackled. It is controversial whether meat consumption is to be regarded as an ideology ("Karnismus") and whether humanity will move towards a vegetarian or vegan diet. In fact, emerging economies like China, India and Mexico are developing cravings for meat in the 21st century. Vegetarianism and veganism are trendy in the West, but they still eke out a niche existence.