We now see that vegetarian beliefs arose from the power of religious practice and the dogma that it legislated and orchestrated to protect the economic needs of society. Ignorant of vegetarianism's religious-economic origin, modern-day vegetarians rigorously promote wellness and the health-giving aspects of vegetarianism, not its economic origins -- not as a dietary regimen that arose, historically, because of sanctions executed to protect state societies' economic interests.
People, in droves, are avoiding the consumption of animal products for health reasons. Not only is meat avoided but also such things as cream, butter, and fish. What actually has happened, however, is that the main taboo has been shifted to a more elemental component of meat: fat.
The negative effects of fat consumption have been easy to "put-over" on people because of these existing centuries-old taboos against animal products based, as we've seen, upon economic necessity fortified by religious sanctions. Many studies supposedly show that vegetarianism is healthier for people than meat consumption and that meat consumption is associated with sickness and death. These studies, of course, are false and fabricated.
Vegetarians argue that meat-raising deprives the world's growing populations of an inexpensive source of food, one that they need to survive. Supporters of meat production, on the other hand, argue that livestock farming, properly practiced, is adequate to supply the world with food of a higher nutritional value than grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Meat provides the only means for people to obtain Vitamin B12. Animal products are also the only sources of vitamin A. Later, we'll see the extensive mythology underlying the claims that meat-eaters suffer more heart disease, bone loss, obesity, kidney damage, and cancer. None of these claims are true. Saturated fat does not cause disease; carbohydrates do.