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It is wonderful that you are thinking of going vegetarian. CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is a big step on most people's lives, and I understand why you are feeling a bit lost on many issues. Take things day by day, and you will learn slowly how to change your eating habits.

But I just wanted to point out to you that that you mentioned that there is no killing entailed with the dairy cow. This is incorrect because in order for the cow to provide milk, the baby cow that she has given birth to is taken away from her (and this causes great emotional pain to both the mother and the baby because animals love their babies as much as humans do), and the baby cow sent to the slaughterhouse to end up on someone's dinner plate. Also, when the dairy cow is no longer profitable to the dairy farmer because she is no longer providing the amount of milk he expects her to produce, she is also sent to the slaughterhouse for food, and her skin becomes someone's shoes or handbag or belt.

Dairy cows suffer greatly and are over-milked and live a completely unnatural life.
 

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Originally Posted by jancrowley View Post

omg, diana... see, THIS is why i have been feeling so conflicted and guilty lately...it seems like every 'truth' or thought i have had or known is being completely shattered...little by little i am realizing just how serious i am going to have to take this. i feel like i am seeing the world with a new pair of eyes and i am thoroughly disgusted with what i see...and every new perspective or insight brings out more questions in me...

like my children for example...i want them to be healthy, but they are not old enough to understand this move i want to make or even why....how do i explain to them without making them biased....i mean, they LOVE meat...so how can i tell them now that it's 'bad'? i don't even want to tell them it's bad...i want them to choose for themselves, but they don't have the capacity to do that yet...they're 5, 4, and 7 months...sigh...

and when we were shopping the other day...i was searching for veggie baby food...i found 2. EVERYTHING past the 8 month stage had meat...bio this...bio that...i was SO frustrated...i just feel so lost as to how to feed her...am i going to have to make it all myself?
The facts hit us hard when we realise them. What is absolutely amazing is how the Meat and Dairy Industry manages to HIDE the truth from us. They are extremely powerful.

Please don't go on any guilt trips. That will not help anyone, and least of all you.

How about you just start making slow changes, bit by bit, with the aim to become a full-fledged vegetarian, let's say, by Christmas. This will give you plenty of time to research, to experiment with recipes and see which ones your children like. Children are very flexible, you know. As long as what they're eating is tasty, they'll eat it!!!

Don't panic!!!! Just one day at a time... Okay???

You don't say if you are German, or if you are an expatriate living in Germany. But if you speak German, here is a link to the German Vegetarian Association: http://www.vegetarierbund.de/index.htm

If you don't speak German, so many Germans speak English, that I'm sure if you write to them, someone will be able to help you out. Germany has many vegetarians and vegans!!!!
 

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Jan:

I just want to point out that becoming a vegetarian or a vegan is not only about the food you put in your mouth. Making a decision like this changes your whole outlook on life.

You probably know the poem by Robert Frost called "The Road Not Taken", but it never does anyone any harm to read it again, so I'll post it here:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

and sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveller, long I stood

and looked down one as far as I could

to where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

and having perhaps the better claim

because it was grassy and wanted wear;

though as for that, the passing there

had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay

in leaves no feet had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I --

I took the one less travelled by,

and that has made all the difference

 
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