Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Together

Judy K from the excellent Savvy Veg has this to say about living with and eating alongside non-veggies:

Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Together
Judy K of Savvy Vegetarian
Savvy Vegetarian Report: Guide to Harmonious Cohabiting and Eating Between Veg and Non-Veg

“My non-vegetarian relatives, friends and acquaintances often assume that I look down on them for eating meat. I could say that their perception is their problem and that their negative attitude doesn’t help. But actually, their reaction is completely understandable.

After spending most of the last 30 years as a vegetarian, I don’t consider meat as food, I can’t pass the meat counter in a grocery store without feeling ill, and I look away when I see someone eating meat.

Just because I feel that way doesn’t make the other guy’s diet wrong…

…What’s important is that evil people are a minority, and most people are good. We’re all for good, and against evil, right? So veg and non-veg should have no problem getting along.

It’s clear that vegetarians and non-vegetarians must work together to solve the problems we’ve created, like global warming, environmental degradation, poverty, and hunger. Eating together is a great place to start. To enjoy sharing food, veg and non-veg need to set aside their differences, do their best to provide for each other’s needs, and place humanity before ideology. Hopefully, it will then be easier to do the same on a global level.

One in three advice letters to Savvy Veg is about veg feeding non-veg or vice-versa. These letters come from both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. This means that one in three people have this problem! Obviously, nobody’s dying from this, but why should this sad condition continue, when it can be helped by good will, common sense, and a few ground rules?”

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