My Topic: For this semester, I chose to research the controversial vegan movement in an effort to find out how it benefits society, the individual, and the animals.
My Essays: For my first research paper, I focused on whether or not a vegan lifestyle is truly a healthy way to live, and how it may be more beneficial than any other diet. I learned that veganism can be the healthiest way to live if the proper foods are being consumed, but can also be unhealthy if the diet is heavy in carbohydrates and fats. In my second essay, I researched how animal production has changed as a result of the industrial revolution, making veganism a more favorable lifestyle than ever before. Not only are the animals being harmed due to production, but the earth’s environment and atmosphere is as well. My final paper will inform readers how they can go about making changes in their everyday routines to lessen their impact on animals, the earth and their own bodies. It may be quite challenging to go vegan all at once, but taking baby steps allows people to ease into the transition at a pace they feel comfortable with.
My Research Methods: Researching my topic was an enjoyable and unique experience because veganism is discussed throughout different sources of media. I was not limited to only scholarly sources, and instead had the freedom to access social media content, advertisements, popular news sources and campaigns. Having a variety of different types of sources to integrate within my work created a diverse platform to support my arguments and provided multiple perspectives. My findings ranged from a Stanford University publication to a dairy company’s Twitter advertisement, but each and every one I found was beneficial to my writing in some way.
Final Observations: Researching this topic over the course of the semester was a fascinating journey, because I have wanted to learn more about veganism for the past few years. By studying it from an academic standpoint, I focused a lot more on the facts and evidence than I would have doing personal research, which likely would have consisted more of opinions. Reading both opinionated and factual sources gave me a better ability to form my on opinion and learn more about what veganism has to offer as well as some of the drawbacks that come with it. For example, I learned that eliminating animal products from the diet can reverse prostate cancer in men. This was astounding information for me to land upon, and was something I cared about personally since this cancer has affected previous generations of my family. My perspective on veganism has become much more positive after this semester’s research, and I have even begun taking small steps to eliminate animal products from my diet and lifestyle. I no longer have dairy milk in my daily iced coffees, and have refrained from buying any new belts, shoes or wallets made of leather. While these adjustments may seem small, if society as a whole could make these minor changes, the positive results would be huge.
“57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan.” NursingDegree.net, www.nursingdegree.net/blog/19/57-health-benefits-of-going-vegan/.
This article from “The Nursing Degree” is an informative source that discusses the proven health benefits of adopting a vegan diet or lifestyle. The advantages of being a vegan are categorized by importance to different areas of the body, such as overall nutrition and disease prevention. One fact that astonished me was that studies show that prostate cancer can be reversed or even cured in men who make the switch to a vegan diet. The statistics that “The Nursing Degree” provided on their page helped in supporting my argument and claim that veganism is in fact a healthy diet. By providing specific health advantages from a credible source, my thesis became much stronger than my opinion alone.
“The Differences Between Being a Healthy Vegan and an Unhealthy Vegan.” One Green Planet, 17 July 2014, www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/the-differences-between-being-a-healthy-vegan-and-an-unhealthy-vegan/.
“The Differences Between Being a Healthy Vegan and an Unhealthy Vegan” can be considered both an opinionated and informative source because the definition of healthy can be subjective. When referring to a healthy diet as one that improves overall wellness, this article gives great insight on the difference between eating healthily as a vegan and unhealthily. A vegan diet may contain no animal products, but be filled with carbohydrates and foods with very little nutritional value. Instead, a healthy vegan diet should be diverse, containing fruits, vegetables, grains and more. The article helped my explanation of how a vegan diet can still be an unhealthy one, and allowed me to clarify the proper way to eat as a vegan within my first essay.
“Livestock a Major Threat to Environment.” FAO Site, http://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html.
This publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was accessed from a Rowan Database, and is an informative article describing the effects of livestock production on the environment and atmosphere. The amount of harmful gases, such as nitrous oxide, being released into the atmosphere is discussed as being a direct result of animal farming, with cows having the greatest impact. This information supports my claim that veganism is a great dietary choice because cows are not only consumed as meat, but dairy as well. By providing such statistics, I can persuade my readers that veganism has not only a positive impact on personal health, but the wellness of the earth too.
After having some thoughts about what I should write about for this semester, I have chosen a topic that I am very passionate about which is the Net Neutrality laws. The Net Neutrality laws imply that the whole all Americans should have an equal and open internet which allows for equal internet speeds prices from the Internet Service Providers (ISP). This law has allowed us, the users of the internet, to use the internet with fair internet speed and the freedom to roam any website. But recently, on December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission had passed the plan of Arjit Pai to repeal the the Net Neutrality laws. Without these laws, our internet will not be the same as our ISP’s will have the higher control on what websites we will be using and on how fast we will be able to use our internet. The reason I am most interested in this topic is because I can not imagine the internet without the same equality of speed and freedom that we already have. We already have to pay a lot for using the internet but now, we may even have to pay double or even TRIPLE the amount for the same speed of internet we would be using now. All in all, I feel against the fact that the Net Neutrality laws have been repealed and I will have a great time to express my feelings in the upcoming paper.
Read more on what will happen to the internet after the law is taken away.
This is a test post for our Rowan University College Composition II blog, Modern Arguments in Composition for the Spring 2016 semester. There are other successful class blogs out there, including Rummage This.
I hope by directly connecting our online research with writing in a digital space, we can become active participants in our individual topics. Enjoy reading!