One of the main problems with veganism and vegetarianism is prominent vegans and vegetarians. Read opinion pieces about the merits of veganism, listen to lectures preaching the virtues of vegetarianism, and you will likely encounter a hefty dose of self-righteousness and an overwhelming cry for purity.
Falafel fan I have not always been but experimenting with different ingredients and coming up with these has changed my mind. These are a great alternative for a meat free dish. They pair well alongside a quinoa tabbouleh or salads for a nutritious addition in trying to include more plant based recipes to your mealtimes.
When it comes to animal abuse, many seem to see compassion as something to ridicule. This has always struck me as moronic. There's nothing weak about standing up against something you see as wrong - especially when this goes against received wisdom.
At the centre of the row is a series of ads, launched last week, featuring slogans like: "You'll remember the time you stopped being vegetarian," the implication being its particular brand of macerated cow on a bun will lead a committed veggie back to eating meat.
I'm all for being a veggie, and am almost there myself, apart from the odd bit of wild pheasant or something. Something that has a happy life and a quick end. But I would kill a suffering animal in a heartbeat, and in fact have had old or physically suffering dogs put down , and have even killed a half alive squirrel recently.
Global warming isn't the fictional bogey man many once thought it to be and its effects go way beyond marooning polar bears on melting icebergs. The methane (noisily) produced by livestock is 20 times more deleterious as a greenhouse gas than C02, which makes meat production the second most damaging source of greenhouse gases in the world.
Being a vegetarian or vegan can be because of very different reasons, and the reasons why have spread over the last few decades as people have been able to see what is happening in factories, get scientific facts and consider cost and other cultures food more