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I am a college student who is doing an anthropological study on vegetarians. I have become a vegetarian to get a new perspective on the project. Would you be willing to help out my group by answering some questions?

Thanks much!- tyler
 

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Veg: Interview Questions>

Please take a stab at answering all or some of these questions:

What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Did you find the transition process difficult?

How long have you been a veg?

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Thank you for your responses:
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Lacto-ovo vegetarian.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Ethical reasons.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Surprisingly, no.

How long have you been a veg?

10 years in July.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I am sooo not a rebel.


What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

It basically makes me feel better about my food choices. I wouldn't necessarily say I'm any healthier (I'm overweight) but who knows.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I try not to convince people. I think it's a very personal choice that one must make on their own. I try to lead by example. I like to show people they don't have to give up the things they love (just find veg alternatives) and that my diet is more varied than the standard omni diet (I eat a lot of ethnic foods).

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Yes but that doesn't really factor into my decision to be veg.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Struggling vegan. I try to avoid dairy products and eggs in my diet, but lately I've been falling back into the cheese habit.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

For all the reasons. Health, ethical, environmental.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

I found that the transition from meat-eater to vegetarian was very easy. However, the transition to vegan has been much more difficult for me.

How long have you been a veg?

Officially, it will be ten years in August 2007.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

A little bit. But it's mostly a personal choice.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Better health. Better conscience.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I would focus on the health benefits. I would provide a lot of data proving that a vegetarian diet is not only healthy, but healthier than a non vegetarian diet in the long run.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Yes. I do feel that I'm making a difference, environment-wise.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

I am a vegan

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Ethical,Health,Environmental reasons. These reasons came about in that order as well.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Not at all, I expected it to be because I've known people who had hard times. I enjoyed the transition because it was kind of exciting having to change my diet completely.

How long have you been a veg?

Only about 4 months, feels like I've always been doing it though.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to answer this as a vegetarian or in general. In general yes I do feel that way. As a vegetarian, not really, I think people and places are becoming more and more accepting of the lifestyle and it isn't very rebellious (at least where I live haha)

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

I feel better about myself. I feel healthy, and for the most part am healthy.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I'd probably discuss the facts about factory farming, and if that wasn't enough I could talk about the health benefits... I dunno, I don't try to convince people, I only answer questions if asked.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Definitely
 

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01. What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Vegan/Raw Vegan

02. Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Ethical reasons.

03. Did you find the transition process difficult?

It wasn't difficult at all giving up meat. It was more difficult giving up things like cheese.

04. How long have you been a veg?

Since January of 2005.

05. Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I wouldn't call it rebellious. I just follow my own path.

06. What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

They vary from health, conscience, environment, financial.

07. How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/cons…etc.)

When I first became veg*n, after seeing pictures/videos, reading up on lots subjects; I wanted to run out and tell people all about everything I'd learned and how they should stop eating meat/etc. People can end up feeling cornered/bombarded/turned off even when you have the best intentions. So, I went back to being laid back and just doing my thing. Leading by example, I've found, is the best way.

08. Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Definitely. It wasn't my first reason for going veg*n, though.

Just wanted to point out that "veg*n" is short way of saying "vegetarian/vegan", incase you weren't sure.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Lacto Ovo Vegetarian

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Because I like animals, for health reasons, for the environment, and for socio/economic/political reasons (world hunger, not giving money to the lying beef industry, like that)

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Not at all

How long have you been a veg?

A year and a month

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

Well, I didn't become vegetarian to be rebellious, but I do think that it's a bit of a rebellious act.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Health, helping animals, helping the environment. Also, when I see things on the news about bird flu, carbon monoxide in meat packages, etc., I think, "whew, I'm glad I don't have to worry about that!"


How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I don't try to convince people, but when asked about it, I tend to tell them about the nutritional benefits.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Totally.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Technically, I'm a lacto-ovo vegetarian, because dairy products and eggs are still part of my diet. However, I don't buy milk, cheese, ice cream, or eggs outright, but I do buy things with slight bits of these ingredients. So I tend to think of myself as a "strict vegetarian" or "near-vegan", but I usually just say I'm a vegetarian when talking to most people.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Originally, because I felt sorry for the animals. I looked at it this way: If there was a live chicken in front of me, and I had an axe, I'm too much of an animal lover to be able to cut the chicken's head off myself. So why should I pay someone else to do it for me?

Since going veg, I've learned a lot about the health and environmental benefits, as well as about the cruelty of related non-meat industries (dairy, eggs), so that makes it easier for me to stick to it.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

You know, I always thought it would be, which is why it took me so long to decide to go veg. But I've actually found that it's much easier than I expected.

How long have you been a veg?

About a month and a half.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

A little bit, but I've always been a little rebellious.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

As others have said, helping the animals, health, helping the environment.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I'd usually start by pointing out that vegetarians have lower rates of heart disease (number one cause of death in America), type 2 diabetes, and at least 4 types of cancer, as well as living an average of 7-9 years longer than meat eaters. If I know the person is an environmentalist, I'd point them to the recent internet article "Vegetarian is the new Prius". That article sites studies that show that going veg reduces greenhouse gasses that cause global warming more than switching from a regular car to a hybrid, not to mention plenty of other environmental benefits.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

"Feel"? This is the only question you've asked that isn't asking for an opinion. It's been scientifically proven that animal farming causes huge amounts of damage to the environment, and we veg*ns are removing our support for that.

--Fromper

 

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Hello and welcome to VeggieBoards!


What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Vegan, or at least very close to vegan.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Animal rights related reasons, to reduce the demand for meat, etc.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Not really.

How long have you been a veg?

About a year and one month.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I guess, but not to extremes.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Less guilt, more energy, pride in being different from everyoen else in terms of diet, the food


How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/cons…etc.)

That sould be very hard. Veg*nism is rare where I live and most people are very closed minded. For the more open-minded people I try not to be too preachy and only talk about veganism if they bring it up

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Thank you for your responses:
You're welcome!
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Lacto-ovo vegetarian

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Because it was morally and ethically the right choice, and I was always disgusted at the thought of eating a dead body.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

No, I became totally vegetarian at 12, but I rarely ate meat during my childhood at all, vegetarianism was always something that came naturally to me. My dad is a great cook and always made me a vegetarian version of what he and my mum were eating for dinner.

How long have you been a veg?

I'm 21 this year, so about 9 years.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I feel more like this should be the normal and everyone else hasn't caught up yet! lol

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Piece of mind - both in terms of animals and my ecological footprint, healthier body, more money in the bank.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

By setting a good example (of a healthy person with a wide range of tasty food options) and by supporting them make the transition for themselves. Vegetarians that try to convince others only give us a bad name and turn other people away from it even more.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Yes, vegetarianism is a much more environmentally friendly way of eating.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Vegan.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

For ethical reasons mostly.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

I found it very easy to transition from meat-eating to a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. I found it much more difficult to transition to a vegan diet.

How long have you been a veg?

About 2 or 3 years...I don't remember my "official" start date. I was pescatarian (eating fish but no other meat) for a couple of years before that.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

not really, no

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

I feel better about myself because I am making choices that reflect my values.


How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/cons…etc.)

I don't think you can really do a pro/con list. I think the "pro" for the animals outweighs any small "con"s there might be. But I don't try and convince people, less because I think it's "wrong" to do so and more because it is inefficient at actually converting people and makes me the kind of person they wouldn't want to hang out with.


Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

There can be, depending how you practise your vegetarianism. Certainly a diet based on locally-grown plant foods would be a very environmentally sound diet. Mine is definitely not that good, because of imported products I buy and the like. I don't know enough about the subject to judge whether it is more environmentally friendly than a standard meat-eater's diet.
 

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That's great that you've become veg as part of gaining a new perspective for your project. I hope you enjoy it and decide to stay veggie.
Good luck with your project!

What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Vegan

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

I support animal rights/liberation, and naturally a vegan lifestyle aligns with that philosophy.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

No. I was a vegetarian for a few months, then I went vegan after I learned more. I found the gradual transition to be smooth.

How long have you been a veg?

I have been vegetarian for 15 months, vegan for 11 months.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

I feel defiant at times, yes.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

A lifestyle closer in harmony to animals and the environment, better health.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I would direct them to resources that explain why veganism is a wonderful lifestyle and be there for them as a supporter along their journey.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Of course!
Being vegan, and changing your consumer habits in general, puts less strain on the Earth.
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Lacto-ovo vegetarian.

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Ethical reasons, and mainly for the animals.

How long have you been a veg?

One year next week.

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Not at all. No problems whatsoever.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

Yes.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Good conscience, better health, knowing that your doing the right thing. Exciting food.

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/cons…etc.)

Pros:

You get to eat a lot of new food

You know you are doing something good for the environment

You get a lot of attention! Some positive attention too


You can truly say you love animals

Better health if you do it right

Cons:

Harder to eat out, but not very

Many people will judge you before they get to know you

Many people might treat you with disrespect

You can feel as if it is you against the world



Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?


Definetly! One of my many reasons to be veg.
 

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Veg: Interview Questions>

Please take a stab at answering all or some of these questions:

What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself? Vegan

Why did you want to become a vegetarian? Animal rights reasons

Did you find the transition process difficult? No, much easier than i expected

How long have you been a veg? 14 years

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society? In some ways, yes. I'm a socialist as well.

What are the benefits of your lifestyle? No guilt at animals suffering for my food, less likely to have typical SAD related illnesses(heart disease, diabetes, bowel cancer etc), smaller ecological footprint

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

Explain the cruelty towards animals in food production and why this is completely unnecessary, and cook them something to prove veggie food can taste good. I'd probably also give them books and leaflets (esp on nutrition and recipes) and point them in the direction of a good informative website.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Yes, obviously it takes much less energy and resources to eat vegan food directly ourselves than it does to feed animals then eat them, factory farming produces toxins, cattle farming produces methane, as well as deforestation to make way for cattle ranching. Human meat consumption is an environmental disaster.
 

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Veg: Interview Questions>

Please take a stab at answering all or some of these questions:

What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

Vegan

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

I did not like the idea of eating dead animals, particularly when better, healthier alternatives were available

Did you find the transition process difficult?

Initially, yes

How long have you been a veg?

Vegetarian 9 years, vegan 7 months

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

No

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

I feel happier knowing that I am making a positive decision to help myself, animals and the environment

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.)

I would tell them how it has changed my life for the better

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?

Yes, particularly as I eat organic produce

Thank you for your responses:
Hope this helps!
 

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What type of vegetarian do you consider yourself?

l/o vegetarian

Why did you want to become a vegetarian?

Animal rights

Did you find the transition process difficult?

No

How long have you been a veg?

A few years.

Do you see yourself as being rebellious toward the norms of society?

Somewhat

What are the benefits of your lifestyle?

Healthier, happier, guilt free

How would you convince someone else to become a vegetarian? (pros/consetc.) Its healthier.

Do you feel there are environmental advantages in being a vegetarian?Yes
 
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