Dietary change

Besides its direct impact on food production, going vegetarian or vegan can also encourage others to make similar choices, and ultimately help change social norms (Tomasik 2014)2006). For this reason, many members of the effective altruism community advocate a vegan or vegetarian diet, while some focus on reducing consumption of specific foods associated with most animal deaths or suffering (Galef 2011; Tomasik 2016)2007).

Further readingBibliography

Galef, Julia. 2011.Julia (2011) Want to kill fewer animals? Give up eggs., Scientific American Guest Blog, August 11.
Argues that people concerned about animals should eschew eggs rather than meat or other animal products.

Hurford, Peter. 2013.Peter (2013) Why eat less meatmeat?., Everyday Utilitarian, June 6.
A clear articulation of the case for eating fewer animal products.

Lewis, Gregory. 2015.Gregory (2015) Don’t sweat diet?, Effective Altruism Forum, October 22.
An argument that dietary change is not an efficient way to reduce suffering.

Tomasik, Brian. 2014.Brian (2006) Does vegetarianism make a difference?, Essays on Reducing Suffering.
A discussion of how vegetarianism can have an impact on suffering.

Tomasik, Brian. 2016.Brian (2007) How much direct suffering is directly caused by various animal foods?, Essays on Reducing Suffering.
An analysis of the impact of the production of different foods.

Applied to Why I'm Not Vegan by Maria Shakhova at 5mo