And she's not trying to convert us to vegetarianism. In fact, she admits that she once used vegetarianism as an excuse not to be concerned about the meat industry:
Frankly, I found those stories so depressing, I intentionally avoided them. (Anyway, why did I need to read that stuff--wasn't I doing my part by abstaining from meat?)But she decides to get involved anyway.
Many people take up vegetarianism not to protest the meat industry, but for health reasons. For example, I read this article in the Gazette about a Cedar Rapids woman who found out she had high risk cholesterol levels and completely re-vamped her whole family's lifestyle. She, her husband and--get this--two small kids!--are now all vegans!
From talking with nutritionists about this topic (I wrote a short article about it for the Gazette a while back), I learned that getting the nutrition one needs from a vegan--that is, all plant-based, no dairy, no eggs--diet is a lot of work. I admire this person for doing it for her whole family.
Blog readers--what do you think about becoming a vegetarian? Have you ever tried it? Are you interested? Are you already a non-meat-eater--or even a vegan?