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I have to say I was a little disappointed when I reached the bottom of this article. You say, "On the rare occasions (a few times a year) when I have the opportunity to eat a really fine restaurant meal, I will order the best stuff on the menu—which will certainly be meat-related—and I will eat it with glee"
I think that's shortsighted to say that Vegetarian or Vegan menu items aren't comparable to the meat items. I'm going to assume it's ignorance and that you've never eaten at a good vegetarian restaurant. Giving up meat is one of the easiest things to do. I am happy about the reasoning you chosen for not eating meat. That's the same basic reason I stopped eating meat 13 years ago. I think if you look around, especially if you travel, that you'll find plenty of exciting non-meat items on menus. Having an obsessive relationship with doesn't have to come at the expense of animals or our planet. Try HappyCow.net for travel suggestions.


While I agree with Paul (first poster) about the great vegan-based choices available, at least it's a start for someone who obviously has a strong attachment to animal-based food. I'd gladly take a world where animal-based food was seen as a special-occasion food. Unfortunately, as with most things, the special-occasion can often become the the thin-end of the wedge, so most folks seem to find it hard to sustain a diet where they only occasionally eat meat (eventually going back to full 'carnivore' :-)), unless they grew up in that way. Much better to at least have the goal of going fully veg*n eventually if you want to have a fighting chance of succeeding, whatever you reasons (environment, health, philosophy, spirtuality etc).

BTW, great research study on effects of meat-vs-vegan diets on global warming at http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/06/060413.diet.shtml

Basically you reduce your personal greenhouse emissions more than if you traded a convential gas-powered sedan for a hybrid-electic vehicle.

Graham Fair

Giving up meat on a day to day basis is not necessary at all. We North Americans are definitely over-consuming meat, but this doesn't mean that the solution must be equally extreme: giving it up entirely in the "day to day" context you cite in rule #1. I think that's a possibility, but it's an extreme possibility and entirely unnecessary at this time.

I'd like to raise another problem with us westerners: we don't pay attention to the wisdom of old, well-established cultures, like that of China. The average daily diet in China includes meat; much less meat than us in the west, but at least it includes meat, and this diet has still allowed China to avoid the issue with meat and resources that we here face in the US, Canada, etc. They eat a lot more meat that comes from animals that consume less, such as pigs and chickens, and they always have a variety of vegitables in their diet.

I'd say that's a much better starting point for reducing meat consumption, not only because it would substantially reduce meat consumption in the west, but because it doesn't abandon meat in the daily diet. The Chinese, and many other cultures around the world, are smart enough to know that you need to strike a balance with meat. And hopefully, people will learn this.

I'd be happy with that situation.


Graham - agree that less meat is better, but there's little to no evidence that eating meat is good for you vs a plant-based diet. Plenty of research on the topic, but start with http://www.goveg.com/healthConcerns.asp

Also the meat that the Chinese peasant eats (or used to eat - typically raised within spitting distance) is nothing like the hormone-stuffed, deadly bacteria-laden meat that the majority of American consumers have access to.

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Giving up eating meat is a good decision, but it requires strong will.

I've been a vegetarian for three years and during first 3-5 months it had been very hard.

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