1. This was a really interesting read. I’ve been veggie myself since I was 5, a phase I never grew out of either! My Mum blames my school teacher who ‘brainwashed’ me.
    I have a mixture of reasons why I don’t eat meat – animal cruelty concerns me, not knowing what goes into meat worries me too, the idea of eating something that used to be a living creature feels wrong to me – I always think of the word ‘flesh’ which creeps me out! If I’ve made it 21 years so far without keeling over then it can’t be that bad a choice!
    My boyfriend is also a massive carnivore, he sometimes eats Quorn too but it’s cool either way. It’s his choice and we never really discuss it because he’s a grown man and can make his own decisions!

    • farmerswifeandmummy

      oooo flesh *shudders* that freaks me out too. I tried to ‘get’ Hubster with Quorn once. He noticed at once and we had such a row!! Daughter likes both and will leave decision up to her šŸ™‚

  2. This is a really interesting post. My daughter (the eldest) often says that she wants to be a veggie, and I was a veggie when I was 13 (The Bodyshop phase!) But I just went back to what was easy. My husband, like yours is a proper meat-eater, and that’s fine, but it would be hard for me to be veggie. In all honesty I don’t think I have the discipline.
    What I would like though, is for us to eat meat that has been farmed ‘ethically’ with real care and, like you show, love! I know that’s a contradiction as you have mentioned, but I sincerely hate the thought of animals suffering a life of pain, and when I do eat meat from the supermarket, with no idea where it was reared I do feel guilty.
    I think maybe, if it is a cost issue, I would rather eat once a week, and pay more for a decent cut that has been looked after. I have made some lovely veggie meals when I’ve had no meat in, chucked a load of left-over fresh veg in a pan and made a lasagne that tasted better than a mince meat one, so I know it can be done. It’s just a bit of time and effort isn’t it x

  3. Now there’s a memory! Loved the Bodyshop perfumes – I think I still have a Coconut Oil stashed somewhere in the bathroom cabinet! Good for you for sticking with Vegetarianism for so long x

  4. Jessica Runacres

    Thank you for writing this article. This is just the sort of thing I’ve been looking for. I have been vegetarian since I was 9 (14 years). There were so many reasons for me, the main one being that I didn’t like the idea of eating an animal and as I’ve gotten older I’ve understood the horrors of factory farming and the environmental benefits of buying local etc. However, at university I met my partner, who is a dairy and beef farmer, we now live on a property on the farm and he will be taking over his family farm. I have been struggling with the massive contradiction of my lifestyle and have had a fair amount of horrid comments from fellow veggies / vegans about it. I think I agree with your idea that it is not eating meat that is the issue, but factory farmed meat or meat which has not been given the opportunity to live a good life. I’d love to talk to you about this sometime, you’re the first vegetarian farmer I’ve come across!

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