We have some excellent answers that substantiate their claims by adding peer-reviewed, scientific articles. This is especially important when answering questions about facts, i.e. questions regarding nutrients and environmental impact, as opposed to questions asking for e.g. substitute recommendations.
There are also questions about facts with good answers that only have some nonscientific sources, or no sources at all:
- Is there such thing as a vegan pregnancy test?
- What are the main nutrient deficiency concerns for vegans?
- Are there vegan formula options for infants?
I think the upvoted or accepted answers there are good, and I believe the claims they make. But they could be better by adding references.
It is already a lot of effort to write an answer, so let's help each other by finding and adding good references to each others' answers.
The benefits would be at least two-fold:
- The existing answers would be improved.
- The general tone of discussions on this site perceived as scientific. Newcomers will see it and adapt.
Why is this "scientific" stuff important? There are lots of prejudices about vegetarians and vegans out there, they are often perceived as esotericists. We should and can stem against that, by being precise and reputable when talking about facts. We're already doing great, and we can do perfect if we support each other.
Just to be sure and not to give a false impression: There are a lot of questions that don't need scientific underpinning, i.e. recipe recommendations.
What are your views on this?