It's a huge commitment; most things have some sort of meat byproduct that you're not even aware of. Particularly stuff in restaurants has meat stock in a lot of sauces and stuff. Just not eating "the big meats" isn't being a vegetarian, which is what a lot of people think. (Can you tell I've heard my parents give this lecture to people one too many times?)
yeah. I don't know if I could do it, but I've thought about it. And find it ironic, since I was just talking about it the other day.

That's the biggest thing though: it's so hard to know what's veggie and what's not that it becomes so much work and me, I'm a low-maintenance kind of person.
Yeah, my parents are a real pain in the ass to eat out with because they always have to ask a million questions about what has meat product in it and what's safe. A lot of cream sauces use chicken stock, which nixes those, etc.

Makes me glad I'm what nature intended humans to be--an omnivore. I tend to have a more vegetarian diet simply because I live at home, but I still eat all kinds of meat. Interestingly enough, I actually don't really like most beef, I think because I'm not used to having it since we always eat tofu burgers (which are not as bad as pop culture would have you believe).
lj is eating my notifications again. or maybe my email server is. ::ponders::

IDK. Most of my anti-meat sentiments come from the industry and what it does to the planet less than actual concern over the humane-ness of it all, which is probably one of the more odd reasons for considering going veggie. Then again, the whole "big farm" thing isn't very "humane" either, and goodness knows I don't want to support big chain grocery stores...

If only I lived in a place where I could get locally grown produce/meat products. I think I could be very happy with that.
Yeah, we buy pretty much organic everything. Target has a somewhat decent selection of organic stuff; so does Harris Teeter and, surprisingly, Food Lion. We get to Earth Fare a bit, too. Of course, the thing you don't quite realise until you're trying to buy your own food is that organic brands you've been raised on are freaking expensive. Oh well. Organic Valley, if you can find it, is very good for cheese and milk products.

Also, if you're more concerned with the industry, eggs should be organic, free range. Cage-free doesn't mean much. /sounding like my mother
Food Lion is the devil. I know. I used to work for one. Obviously you have one in a high-class part of town. Those aren't too bad. But the normal ones.... ::shudders:: The stuff of nightmares. Nightmares, I say.

I know. I've read a lot of books on the industry. Where my parents live, they've this wonderful organic food store and farmer's market every week, but here we're lucky to get a strawberry stand, and strawberries grow like ::everywhere:: here.

And now I'm having a fruit craving again. Pity the only place even releatively nearby to buy decent fruit is Whole Foods, which is a 30 min drive and $$ as anything.
Ooh, Whole Foods is pretty good. Yeah, I worked at FL, too. Ours is really nice, but the one towards downtown...yikes. They've improved over the years, though. Y'all don't have a Harris Teeter nearby? I'm shocked. We came from Kroger's in Atlanta, and 18 yrs ago HT was a poor substitute. They're better now, if a bit pricey. Super Target is nice, though.
The Harris Teeter is about a mile from the Whole Foods. My town is the figurative H in nowhere. Though they are in the process of building a mini-walmart in town. They've decided to put it across from the McDonalds rather than next to the Vet's memorial.

Though speaking of the McDonalds here in town, I saw a line of like 20 cars in the drivethru this afternoon - and not even at lunchtime, but like 4ish. Which probably says a lot about my town.
Ouch. I'm laughing right now at my cats, two of whom are in my room. It's the two who don't really like each other, so one's laid claim to the bed, and the other has managed to lay on some blankets I've got thrown over the peak of a roofed cabinet. It does not look at all comfortable.
at least yours like you. my traitorous cat now lives with my parents, but even before then she loved them more than me. She'll barely pay attention to me, to say nothing about letting me get withing 3 feet of her.

Apparently she caught a mouse the other day. Dad was very pround and sent me a flowery-worded email praising her for this fact. It was odd and very Dad-like.

Cat's sleep on the strangest things.
This is a pretty good point. In order to feed more people we need to rethink how we farm - and what we eat.

I think that everyone would probably be healthier if they ate less meat anyway, and maybe considered eating vegetarian two or three times a week.

Although I don't think the whole world has to go 100% vegetarian. Not all animals raised for meat are using land that could otherwise be used for grain crops or vegetables. e.g. here in Wales sheep are reared on land that's not suitable for anything else.

I suspect that in the future, there will be much less beef, and the available meat might include lamb or mutton, goat and venison, or more unusual meats e.g. alligator!
true. the amount of corn that goes to feeding livestock is absurd. I agree that going veggitarian might be overkill - we are, after all, omnivores, and have evolved to need meat in our diets - but we should at least do it responsibly. And not just meat, but all crops. Ie, lose the industry and go small. local. do what's best for ourselves and planet and not big business.

::steps off soapbox::