Happenings from an office lunch room
Posted: February 1, 2008 Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: food, links, vegetarian
I’m eating some yummy leftover pasta salad (as seen the other day) in the lunch room when the following conversation takes place;
Guy #1 “So I just learned that you are a REAL vegetarian!”
Me “As opposed to….?”
#1 “Well you know, some people just don’t eat very much meat.”
Me “Yeah but they still eat meat so that’s not vegetarian”
Guy #2 “No! Some vegetarians eat chicken!”
Me “Then they aren’t vegetarian” *gives guy an “are you really this dumb?” stare*
Let me break it down for you:
In the animal kingdom (of which humans are a part) there are three broad dietary categories:
Carnivores: They only eat meat…like a lion!
Omnivores: They eat mostly plants and some meat when it’s available (generally speaking). Many animals fall into this category, such as many kinds of monkeys and pigs
Herbivores: They eat only plants
I’m pretty sure we all learned this by grade three right?
When talking about human diets, omnivores are the norm. In North America, meat consumption is insanely high compared to other regions and compared to other omnivorous species.
Then the following sub categories arrive for those less inclined to eat meat:
Pescetarian: Eats sea food and plants and possibly eggs/dairy.
Vegetarian: Eats plants and eggs/dairy (ovo/lacto sub categories)
Vegan: Eats plants only
So that guy who knows vegetarians who eat chicken? He knows someone who is omnivorous and only likes chicken for meat. I think I’ve heard this be referred to as Pollotarian but only rarely but there is a Wiki article about it.
Why does this even matter?
Because if I go in to a restaurant and say “I’m a vegetarian” I don’t want to be served something with chicken pieces or broth in it. I don’t eat anything for which an animal has died.
On this day:
– More porn… a valentine’s tradition!