Being a vegetarian is making life…no different. It is surprising how easy it is to go without meat! The world is a lot more vegetarian-friendly than I thought it would be while eating for the other team. Even Burger King has a veggie burger (which is not terrible, either). As you have probably gathered from context clues, my experimental “Meatless May” went swimmingly. And now that May is long over and June is halfway through, it leads me to wonder whether this “test-run” is going to continue past the two-month mark. I saw my mom cutting up chicken cutlets the other day and was actually flat-out disgusted. I saw my brother eating a dripping roast beef sandwich and had to leave the room. Might Meatless May and June turn into “Meatless 2009”? Or full-fledged vegetarianism? It was hard to know if I would be tempted last week by the wafer-thin yet delicious burgers of Floridian fast-food joints like Checkers and Sonic. (Why does the South have such epic chains?) But I was not. Now I just need to work on eating less carbs to replace the meatlessness and practicing to cook veggie dishes!
Do most vegetarians consider themselves pescetarians or how does that work? I just started working at a nice seafood place called Finz and have been led to believe that being a veggie-head can include Nemo-consumption. Fine by me, but what do true vegetarians believe? After a little fact-checking, I came to the opposite conclusion. The Vegetarian Society does not consider pescetarianism a valid vegetarian diet. (Fun fact alert: pescetarian was added to the dictionary in 2008 defined as a vegetarian whose diet includes fish). I like the idea of eating fish, whole grains, fruit, veggies, nuts, etc. It is a very Mediterranean-style of eating and makes me feel jet-setter-like.
In other news, vegetarianism is becoming a new frontier in which to “go green.” A popular campaign slogan that I have seen has been “Meat is not green.” Concise and to the point, but is it true? A 2006 report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that livestock are responsible for almost 18 percent of the global warming effect, even beating the effects of transportation. Livestock produce the greenhouse gas called methane and their waste contributes to nitrous oxide emissions. Also, the deforestation caused by the need for grazing lands further contributes to global warming, by compromising the CO2 that forests give off.
Oh meat, why must you be destroying the world one delicious cookout at a time?