(US) Eco Etiquette: Can You Be A Weekday Vegetarian?
- [Huffington Post - comments at full story link]
My friend just told me at lunch that she's a weekday vegetarian. Is
this a real thing? And isn't it kind of hypocritical?
Hypocritical? Maybe. Effective? Yes.
To hardcore veggies, calling yourself a weekday vegetarian may be like
saying you're a little bit pregnant: Impossible. After all, if you're
ethically opposed to eating animals, the idea of scarfing seitan on
Tuesday and then polishing off a porterhouse on Sunday would be
tantamount to blasphemy.
But the number of people who count themselves in that category is a
small one: 1.3 percent of the US population. (That statistic refers to
the number of vegans, who by and large cite ethical reasons for their
dietary choices.) That's why I think that the idea of becoming a
part-time vegetarian is, for the most part, a brilliant one. It
proffers a more moderate approach for the other 99 percent of us who
aren't quite ready to quit turkey, um, cold turkey.
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