Flexitarians are people who eat vegetarian or vegan meals once in a while but haven't completely eliminated meat from their diet. It happens to be a growing trend in the U.S. It's a good sign, because the first step to becoming a true vegeterian or vegan is to simply start reducing the amount of meat eaten during the day or week. Also, any reduction in the consumption of meat, even for just one meal a week, improves health, supports animal welfare, and preserves the environment. This article talks about the flexitarian trend. Good news!
Sometimes when I talk about vegan cooking in general it seems to repel people who are not avidly into the cuisine. This is understandable to some degree since the roots of veganism and vegetarianism in America produce extreme images of people not part of the mainstream culture. I think this is changing rapidly due to the efforts of so many vegan and vegetarian chefs and writers and the entire 'green' movement with concerns about animal welfare and sustaining the environment.
However, would more people be interesting in eating less meat if the term 'vegan' was not part of the meal description? I've noticed in talking to people that they need some convincing that it's not a radical idea but a useful lifestyle that many can enjoy and still be socially relevant. Check out this article from the Washington Post.
I'm worried that to much of our culture is celebrity driven. I feel that you should live your own life and do what you determine is best and most useful to you, and not do something because of an endorsement or lifestyle of someone famous in our popular culture.
Having said that, when it comes to endorsing vegan meals and lifestyles, I guess it can't hurt for everyone to see celebrities embracing it. Well, check out this article in USA Today about one of the hottest trends among the famous. I'm enthused that even some casinos are putting vegan options in their restaurants! Can't be too upset about that...
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