the power of vegetarianism

@stk40m (1119)
Koeln, Germany
March 18, 2011 12:49pm CST
often vegetarians wish that their movement becomes big enough to influence big food companies to either change their ways of production or come up with non-meat food. Just a couple of days ago when I felt like I wanted to eat that Twix bar in the cupboard I thought it may be wise to check its ingredients online, i.e. if it is suitable for vegetarians. And I found out that above mentioned wish sometimes indeed comes true! Here's what happened a couple of years ago: Check the headlines and the articles for yourself plz: 1st article, dated May 14th, 2007: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6653175.stm and now the second article, just six days later: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/6673549.stm what do we learn by this? Yes, vegetarians can change things on a grand scale. We just need to make a little pressure on those companies :-) Cheers
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• India
6 Aug 11
In my family, we used to eat fish, meat (only goat meat), chicken, egg just 2 times a month, after marriage of my second daughter the frequency became less, and now it is almost zero, she does not eat these, and my wife cooked non veg in a separate kitchen we are almost vegetarian now.. Thnxs for sharing the links... Have a nice day ahead. Professor ‘@Bhuwan@’. .
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
6 Aug 11
yes, I think becoming vegetarian step by step is prudent. Plumbing what can be removed from one's diet and what cannot be removed is better than avoiding overnight everything you were always used to. I do eat eggs and I drink milk, know about the ethical issues that come with it though. If I personally find out for myself that I can avoid it I'll do so. Needs some comtemplation :-)
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
11 Jun 11
Awesome and inspirational article. Thanks so much for sharing. I have been a vegetarian for about 20 years and sometimes it's disheartening to see people's reaction when they find out I don't eat meat; also, to see how many people seem to not care about animal suffering. However, reading an article like this really brightens my day!!
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
6 Aug 11
sorry for the late reply plus thank you for your comment! Yes some react 'strange' to vegetarians but I think more and more people become aware and that's a good thing. But the suffering is still there and it must diminish and hopefully it will disappear some day!
• Philippines
19 Mar 11
I would love to be a pesco vegetarian.I can't survive without eating eggs and dairy products like cheese and milk.I also love seafood like tuna,shrimp,squid,and mussels.I would love to slowly start decreasing my chicken intake,until they become zero.
@stk40m (1119)
• Koeln, Germany
19 Mar 11
that's the way I did it. First I became pesco and then I decided to go the whole hog. Just need to learn a bit about proteins (essential amino acids), vitamins (in particular B12) and micronutrients (iron, zinc etc) to make sure you don't lack anything in what you eat. But it isn't that difficult and best of it it's healthy and you feel fine :-) Cheers
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
30 Mar 11
Really those bars are best avoided anyway regardless of whether we are vegetarian, vegan or whatever. Whatever label we place on ourselves, does not mean that we are going to be doing what is best for our body and the planet. Everyone knows that these mass produced bars contain lots of nasty chemicals and preservatives, no matter whether they are fit for vegetarians or not. We also know that they are not really helping the environment with their manufacturing processes and their support of the dairy industry. It is good however to see the company backing down after facing criticism. The best thing we can do is vote with our dollar for the industries that are doing the right thing for us and the planet, and by avoiding those that are not interested in sustainable healthy practices. Then we can also do our best to open the eyes of those around us to these issues as well.