My Step mom has been vegetarian off and on for the last 20 years or so... She was an environmental and AR crusader way before it became fashionable. Then, she slid back into omnivorism out of something akin to laziness, and not really being devoted to the cause.
Then she read Skinny *****, and it's convinced her she has to take a stand against the current food production system, for the animals, her health and for the environment.
I, of course am absolutely fully supportive... and very glad! I'm happy she can use me as a resource and we're gonna cook together every two weeks or so. Last night we made Borsht.
It's exciting, because, although my whole family has always been incredibly supportive of my lifestyle, my cousins were the only ones who were also vegetarians, and both of them started eating meat again last year.
My dad has said that he will meet us halfway and drastically reduce the amount of meat he's eating... Their 3 kids will reduce their meat intake as a result, I'm sure. In fact, my 10 year old brother wants to be a vegetarian, but unfortunately, doesn't like a wide enough variety of foods yet to cut out meat entirely (he's basically going pesca, which"ll keep him healthy till we can get nuts, beans, seeds and legumes into him!)
Just thought I should share the good news about increasing our #'s with y'all!