Please don't throw the baby out with the bath. Our highways are full of crashes that kill and maim, but you don't call for the elimination of cars. Slippery bathtubs kill some people every year, but we keep right on bathing. Also, it's perfectly possible for parents to malnourish their children on an omnivorous diet. Take a look around. For every anemic vegan you see, there are hundreds of unhealthy omnivores.
Update: Gayle Dean writes:
There is no connection between starving children to death and veganism. Children of meat-eaters have also been starved to death. It is a matter of not feeding them enough food of any kind.
Even the prosecutor in the Crown Shakur case (and all the doctors and other experts) agreed that the child did not die from veganism, he died from simply not being fed enough food, period.
And the comment about a vegan diet not being appropriate for babies and children, well that is simply false. Here is the official statement from the website of the American Dietetic Association, which heartily endorses a vegan diet for everyone.
"Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber,magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer."
And Dr. Frank Oski, former director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University said:
"There is no reason to drink cow's milk at any time in your life. It was designed for calves, it was not designed for humans, and we should all stop drinking it today, this afternoon."
Dr. Spock agreed, saying, "[T]here was a time when cow's milk was considered very desirable. But research, along with clinical experience, has forced doctors and nutritionists to rethink this recommendation."
And finally, The World Health Organization (WHO) says that western nations that consume a lot of meat/dairy have the highest levels of osteoporosis, which is caused by eating a lot of animal protein. It says, "...hip fracture rates are higher in developed countries where calcium intake is high than in developing countries where calcium intake is low...fracture risk has recently been shown to be a function of protein intake in North American women." Anyone concerned about osteoporosis should read the WHO report here
The scientific information about the benefits of a vegan diet and the hazards of a meat and dairy diet are well known in the medical and scientificcommunity, but we rarely hear the facts from the media.