(CA) On becoming a vegetarian
- [Common Ground.ca - opinion]
ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot
I became a vegetarian in 1975 when I landed in Vancouver from London,
UK and found myself sharing a cooperative house with five other people
who were all vegetarians. The deal was we each took turns making
dinner and because I loved cooking, instead of being daunted, I dashed
out to buy a vegetarian cookbook that would teach me to cook something
other than egg and cheese dishes.
I happen to believe ‘You are what you eat’ so after swallowing John
Robbins’ Diet for a New America, I was clear I did not want the energy
of suffering and inhumanity that pervades concentrated animal feedlot
(CAFO) operations to become a part of me. It was at 23 Dunbar Street
in Vancouver that I understood why I needed to become a vegetarian. I
shed 30 pounds, felt my energy lighten and I had a much greater sense
of well-being. There was no going back and I have been a healthy
vegetarian ever since.
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