I still wouldn't eat meat. There's comfort in knowing that I don't contribute to the factory farming industry ... or at least minimize my contribution. Even if factory meat production were sustainable, which it isn't, it wouldn't discount the food politics that support and subsidize meat production and the crops they consume. I love to cook and experiment. My favorite cuisines are Indian and Italian. I mix and match traditions indiscriminately. I've made Indian dishes with tofu or temeph, even black eyed pea vindaloo. I've used chickpeas in chow mein (which was kinda weird). I've made spaghetti with red lentils & spianch. Chickpeas and cashews are awesome for cream sauces. This was good. I made mung bean dosas with spinach & tofu filling and a red pepper sauce. There's been talk of vat-grown meat. If they ever actually do this, I don't think I'll partake. It doesn't sound appealing. I do eat seitan (vital wheat gluten) which has a meat-like texture and simulate a 'meaty' texture in other ways. I don't know if I can reconcile that dichotomy. I'm a big proponent of Vitamin D supplements, especially in Oregon where the sun goes away for 6 months a year. They add it to things like milk and orange juice, but not nearly enough. In most other ways, a varied vegan diet is healthy and has many benefits. An unhealthy vegan diet can be quite unhealthy. Animal sourced Iron is better absorbed than vegetable sourced. There are plenty of vegetable sources of calcium, but not in french fries and processed soy-whatevers. Generally speaking, a vegan diet is low in saturated fat, void of cholesterol, and high in fiber. It's obviously a good diet for heart conditions. It's been linked to lower cancer rates, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis. Proponents say a vegan diet will make you immortal. Opponents say it will turn Mr T into a blubbering man-boob. I think that, logically it makes for a healthier, more balanced diet. Just because we don't eat it, doesn't mean a dead animal is wasted. Agriculture subsidies are set up entirely to make meat less expensive. And so it is. That being said, a diet that revolves around beans, grains & veggies and is made in the kitchen (as opposed to the freezer aisle) can be very inexpensive. Because of subsidized meat prices and a lower demand for vegan convenience foods, a convenient vegan diet can be quite expensive.