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Vegetarian-Inclined?

In just a few days it will be one month since I started eating Vegetarian. But what then? Reading the Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan has nudged me to look deeper into the food choices that I make. What choices will truly make the difference or matter the most? Should we focus more on eating organic vs. non-organic, vegetarian vs. non-vegetarian, or both? What are the grey areas? Looking back at Pollan’s Points, I wonder, is it really worth the struggles to eat vegetarian?

shot-2013-04-26_21-25-32The rise of this concept of a “Vegetarian-inclined” diet has been quite controversial. How can one who is not ready to give up meat still be able to positively impact the environment? Can simply limiting one’s diet to that of a Flexitarian’s do any justice? Someone with a vegetarian-inclined diet would simply be eating his/her fair share, but not accounting for the entire meat industry as it continues to slaughter animals cruelly and excessively. Besides the common factor of reducing meat in a diet, there are no other clear similarities between a Vegetarian-Inclined and Vegan/Vegetarian diet. Is this grey area too far of a stretch or can one proudly announce themselves as having a Vegetarian-Inclined diet?

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22.8 million adult Americans claimed to practice a Vegetarian-inclined diet in a 2012 survey. Accounting for a large portion of the population, if practiced properly, I think, this diet can make a great impact on the way we produce meat. The concept provides as a great feasible goal for those who are not ready to give up meat. It allows for those who never considered Vegetarianism to at least consider a Vegetarian-Inclined diet. However, the concept could also be easily abused by those who want to create a good image for themselves without having to sacrifice too much of their own desires.

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The Movement

As Michael Pollan points out in his book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, “eating meat has become morally problematic… Vegetarianism is more popular than it has ever been, and animal rights, the fringiest of fringe movements until just a few years ago , is rapidly finding its way into the cultural mainstream.”

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larger % of people India are vegetarian due to economic and religious circumstances

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Main Reasons for the Shift According to Vegetarians:
-53% claimed “improve overall health”
-25% answered weight loss/maintenance
47 % claimed environmental concerns
-31% claimed food safety concerns.
54% answered animal welfare

Pollan addresses the animal welfare and environmental concerns, claiming,
“killing animals is probably unavoidable no matter what we choose to eat.”

Pollan’s Points
– total # of animals killed/year wouldn’t necessarily decline
– can not practice sustainable agriculture without animals to cycle nutrients
– greater dependence on fossil fuels for farther food transportation
– more dependence on chemical fertilizers from shortage of manure

So… What’s the Hope for Vegetarians?
– moral support for animals
– push to moderate, not eliminate, consumption
– contribute to revolutionizing the meat industry and it’s practices
– push to seize tail docking, sowcrates, beak clipping
– If we broke down the meat industry, “meat would get more expensive. We’d probably eat a lot less of it, too, but maybe when we did eat animals we’d eat them with the consciousness, ceremony, and respect they deserve.” – Michael Pollan

What other valid points can one argue for going Vegetarian?

Vegetarian/Vegan Celebrities: Russell Brand, Bill Clinton, Natalie Portman, Mike Tyson, Pamela Anderson, Tobey Maguire, Kristen Bell, Chris Martin, Milo Ventimiglia, Ellen DeGeneres, Olivia Wilde, Alec Baldwin, Leona Lewis, Paul McCartney, Carrie Underwood, Anne Hathaway, Brad Pitt, Kate WinsletLea Michele, more!

My Veggie Meals

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