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Proposition: Stella Chung (NEI Education) vs. Opposition: Kara Brown (Binghamton University)

Judge: Joe Leeson-Schatz (Binghamton University)

Resolution: Resolved: This house believes that being a vegetarian is a better ethical choice than meat eating.

  • Stella Chung
    Stella Chung
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    Kara Brown
    Kara Brown
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    Posted at October 13, 2014 09:01:45PM EST by Stella Chung

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    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/tech/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone/

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/shortlist031604.cfm

    Posted at October 15, 2014 12:20:09AM EST by Kara Brown

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    https://www.vegsoc.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=508
    http://www.pescetarianlife.com/
    http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
    http://www.maasai-association.org/ceremonies.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/opinion/antibiotics-and-the-meat-we-eat.html
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140624220023.htm
    http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/antibiotic-resistance-faqs.html#antibiotic-resistance-concerns

    Posted at October 15, 2014 09:11:15PM EST by Stella Chung

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    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/tech/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone/

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/shortlist031604.cfm

    Posted at October 16, 2014 08:49:54PM EST by Kara Brown

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    http://www.farmland.org/Flash/appleEarth.html
    http://www.fao.org/ag/AGP/AGPC/doc/Counprof/Egypt/Egypt.html

    Posted at October 17, 2014 10:36:18AM EST by Stella Chung

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    http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

    http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/05/tech/gulf-of-mexico-dead-zone/

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/shortlist031604.cfm

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    Submitted at October 21, 2014 08:39:20AM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

    Category Stella Chung Kara Brown
    Use of evidence: 4.6 4.6
    Delivery skill: 4.9 5
    Coherence of arguments: 4.9 4.5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.1 4
    Identification of key points: 4.7 4.1
    Comments: Great speaking voice and contextualization of what "ethical" is right from the onset of your speech. You should make your sources look more qualified in the citation box, but otherwise I think you do a good job in providing evidence for your argument.

    Good job reclarifying what you said in your opening speech in order to show how the opp didn't accurately represent what you were arguing. You should extend your interpretation of "ethical" at the start of your speech and frame everything you say through that lens. It would help to clear up the debate and demonstrate what you need to do to win.
    Good speaking voice. You should make your sources look more qualified in the citation box, but otherwise I think you do a good job in providing evidence for your argument. You should also structure your pescetarian argument with voting issues and standards. You don't need the ad homs "my opponent is clearly unaware." She has evidence, just make your argument explaining why it's wrong.

    Start by framing an overarching issue for why you win the round instead of just poking holes. Ie start with your offense instead of being so defensive in your analysis. Tell an overarching story instead of just making separate and distinct points. Good job clarifying what your opponent said / didn't say.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Stella Chung

    Reason for Decision:

    I think this is a very good debate. I vote for the proposition because while there are places where it might not be the best choice (for different cultures) that doesn't prove that it is not "more ethical," which is the framing the proposition gives. If the opposition framed their other cultures argument within a lens of cultural imperialism more directly (ie in order to impact out why a universal ethics is unethical) I would vote for the proposition. Absent that, the opposition has a bunch of arguments for why the prop might be wrong but not a singular cohesive story as to why they should win the round. Even if this house is the world, exceptions don't necessarily prove that it is less ethical. The waterways argument also served as a tiebreaker in my mind. Again, however, great job to both sides.


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