I promise this will relate to books, just bear with me.

I told my fiance last night that we are going to become ‘Flexitarians,’ essentially vegetarians who occasionally will eat meat, generally on special occasions. He definitely pouted at me when I told him this, but I’m the one who does most of the cooking, so too bad for him. I’m not sure we’ll actually even go fully flexitarian, I would guess that we’ll still eat meat at home, even a couple of times per week.

I decided on our new status for a few reasons, but mostly health and environment. I don’t think that eating meat is theoretically bad for people, but the hormones and antibiotics fed to cows, pigs, and chickens these days scare me far more than all the pesticides and crap sprayed all over our vegetables. I want to eat far fewer of these things, particularly if we’re going to be having kids in a couple of years, and eating a lot of organic meat is just so darned expensive. At least when we get a house I can grow vegetables in my backyard without pesticides (assuming I don’t forget to water them and kill them).

Factory-farmed animals (and plants, for that matter) do disgusting things to our environment, all claims to animal cruelty aside. There is also the matter of food miles. I can more easily/cheaply get produce from a CSA or farmer’s market than I can meat (although meat is occasionally an option. In addition, the global food shortage that appears to be looming, partially due to our attempts to use food products and food land as biodiesel, is only made worse by every bite of meat. It is a far more efficient use of energy to eat farther down the food chain, which means that the same amount of acreage can feed more people if less meat is consumed.

I want to note that I am by no means disparaging people who eat meat. I love meat and am not likely to stop eating it entirely, this is simply a decision I’ve come to and am not forcing on anyone except Brian and our future children.

“How on EARTH is she going to bring this back to books?” you may now be saying. Well, here it is. First, much of this though process was initiated/encouraged by Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, which is fantastic and I recommend highly (and I think we’ll have a guest review of it soon, right Sarah?). Secondly, I bought this BEAUTIFUL Vegetarian cookbook this morning:

W&S Vegetarian Cookbook

I plan on looking through it this weekend and picking out some recipes to make in the next couple of weeks. I’ll let you know how it is!

2 comments to Flexitarian

  • You make a good point about meat eating accounting for a great many spent fossil fuels in this good green earth! I am learning more and more with everything I read from Michael Pollan (review coming soon!) and many others who are engaging in this conversation. I love meat too, but I am really excited about our meat share (beef, chicken, eggs) at our CSA that delivers to the city. Local, grass fed beef…here I come!

  • rantsandreads

    I don’t think being a flexitarian sounds too hard…in fact…I think that just be the name of my own eating habits. =) Animal cruelty and hormones aside, I just don’t like the taste of meat, but I can’t give up my bacon. Its my one meat-weakness. If you don’t eat a lot of meat to begin with, then the transition shouldn’t be that hard. And the tofu meat substitutes taste so much more…clean is the best word I can think of.