If you've been reading this blog for any period of time, you know that Jane and I are advocates of a vegan diet for a whole bunch of different reasons.We've been eating this way for almost two years, and at this point, we don't expect we'd ever go back to eating meat or dairy.
Having said that, I also believe vegan-eating may not be right for everyone. Just as there are people who cannot digest gluten, or those who cannot digest lactose, there may be people who don't thrive on a vegan diet. I'm not a nutritionist, dietitian, physician...
Yesterday, I stumbled across an article in the Times Online in which the author, Tessa Williams, a strict-vegetarian of 25 years, outs herself as a new-found carnivore.
I am not the only staunch veggie to give up a lifetime devotion to pulses and tofu in the past year. The Food Standards Agency in Britain states that the number of people eating a partly or completely veggie diet fell from 9 per cent in 2007 to 7 per cent in 2008. However, we are, on average, eating less meat per head, as Su Taylor from the Vegetarian Society points out. “In 2006 the average person consumed 74.3kg. In 2007 that figure was 74kg - only a slight reduction, but a downward trend. People are realising that plant-based diets are better for the environment.”
Remember Proposition 2, The Farm Animal Treatment proposition which passed here in California this past November? (The proposition deals with three types of confinement: veal crates, battery cages, and sow gestation crates.) One of the biggest concerns I heard people voice about Prop 2 was that it would appease people's guilt over eating meat. Ms. Williams comments seem to bear that thinking out... "Healthy and natural" gives an implicit stamp of approval too.
I see my decision to return to meat as part of a bigger change in Britain's food culture. We've shifted away from the old-school “meat is murder” approach, and now well-sourced meat is seen as healthy and natural.
Anyway, if you'd like to read about Ms. Williams conversion, here's a link to her story.