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Monday, January 28, 2008

On not eating meat

I am not the preachy sort of vegetarian. If asked, I'll explain the humanitarian and ecological reasons behind my decision to stop eating meat nearly six years ago. I'll also tell you that I found it surprisingly easy to do, despite my previous reputation as a full-blooded carnivore. But I won't try to guilt-trip anyone (OK, maybe just in fun, among friends), or object to others eating meat in my presence, or pretend to be disgusted. I always tell dinner hosts that I'm happy to eat around a main course of flesh, and when travelling in vegetarian-unfriendly parts of the world I've managed to subsist for days, more or less cheerfully, on repetitive meals of plain rice and sliced tomatoes.

But this article by Mark Bittman in yesterday's New York Times summarises so succinctly the good reasons to stop eating meat--or at least reduce the amount one eats--that I can't resist pointing to it. I encourage those of my carnivore readers who worry (as I do) about global hunger and malnutrition, disappearing rainforests, global warming, water pollution, and animal suffering to read it and consider how hard or how easy it might be to go vegetarian even one day a week, and the possible good it might do.

2 comments:

desert rose said...

Nicholas,

Thank you for writing this article. I applaud you for what you are doing for the planet and the Universe. I also became a vegetarian about 8 years ago.

Life is much better and I am much happier with my decision. My decision has influenced some of my family members and friends to eat more vegetarian meals.

Please check out these links if you get the time.

Why People Must Be Vegetarian.
http://www.godsdirectcontact.org/eng/booklet/vegetarian.html

Alternative Living Flyer distributed around the Globe.
http://al.godsdirectcontact.org/

Vegetarianism helps to cultivate our compassion for all sentient beings.

p.s. I love your blog.

Kari said...

I recently decided to take a break myself from meat. Am I a vegetarian now? I suppose not in the true sense of the word.

It's just that I'm tired of meat. I need to clean my body. I'll likely eat it again when I'm ready--whenever that is.

More power to you.