Monday, 16 June 2014

One Month Veggie

Yesterday marked one month since I decided to become vegetarian. I've thought about doing it for a really long time as I've never particularly liked meat much anyway, I really enjoy vegetarian food, and I've always held the opinion that people shouldn't need to have meat with every meal. Without wanting to sound like I'm trying to force my opinion on everyone else, I wanted to write a little about why I became vegetarian.

I don't have a problem with eating meat in a moral sense, so to speak. My issue lies with modern meat farming and the way we are so distanced from what we are eating. The world is struggling to provide enough meat and as a result the conditions the animals are kept in is appalling, and the way that meat is marketed to us nowadays is misleading and relies on our willingness to turn a blind eye to these issues.

I haven't found it particularly difficult to be vegetarian. I never cook meat at home anyway, I find quorn substitutes to be much easier and cheaper to use. Occasionally it's a little inconvenient but I haven't found myself missing meat at all. I have accidentally eaten gelatine a few times, though! I keep forgetting to check the packaging. I was amazed to discover that pop tarts aren't vegetarian.

I definitely feel healthier for it. I think I may occasionally allow myself a 'meat treat', but I'll be ensuring I know where it's come from. I'd rather spend more money on some good quality meat that has lived a happy life and been killed humanely once or twice a year than eat poor quality meat that has been pumped full of hormones and who knows what else every day.

I'd just like to post a video I watched recently about the way meat is marketed to the public, I found it very interesting and it just solidified for me my reasons for becoming vegetarian. Whether you're vegetarian, vegan, or a meat eater, I think it's worth watching. Not to try and convince people to be veggie, but possibly to think more about where your meat is coming from.


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