Due to its college town status, Madison, Wisc. has a lot of vegans and vegetarians. We also have a lot of grocery stores and restaurants that service the special-dieting needs of these vegans and vegetarians. But the dearth of tofu, tempeh and seitan I’ve found elsewhere makes me wonder just how common non-meat eaters are in the wider United States, or at least among So Good readers.

What are you, So Good readers? Can’t live without meat? Sworn it off because it’s cruel? Boycotting the corrupt food industry? Did you become vegan to prove you could do it? Or because you’re lactose intolerant anyway? Vote for omnivore, vegetarian, or vegan below and explain your motivations in the comments.

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15 Responses

  1. Chefprotoss

    As a chef my career would be in the shitter if I gave up meat. I also feel as omnivores, we are supposed to kill and eat helpless animals. I do not agree that we need to eat as much meat as we do though. Americans have very poor eating habits and one of the biggest causes is the need to eat dead flesh at every meal.

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  2. mark

    I share a lot of the same ideas as Chefprotoss above me. I eat meat and don’t see that ever changing. I also hunt and provide a good chunk of my families meat from venison. I have shifted my meat purchases from mainstream CAFO animals to local or regional meat (eggs and dairy too) that I feel are raised and fed appropriately. I know that is not an option for everyone as it is more expensive but since I am in a position to do so it is the way my family eats.

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  3. lauri

    I have been allergic to soy all my life, gave up wheat and most grains a decade ago and have never felt better. More vegetarians in the world = more bacon for me.

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  4. austin

    i feel like the traffic on food blogs is made up of a higher percentage of vegans/vegetarians than there is in the entire population.

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  5. Dr Denese

    I am an omnivore for sure. Recently, I was told by my doctor to cut back on my leafy green and broccoli intake as they are hard on my stomach. Meat, on the other hand, is much easier on my digestive system (believe it or not). I was a vegetarian for a few years a while back and felt ok but I really prefer having meat in my diet.

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  6. Jim

    Seriously… GO to a steakhouse, take a bite, and there is no way you would every want to give that up. I love me some meat!

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  7. Adam McPherson

    @ Sarah LOL Oh Man! Now that is funny.
    Overall I am an omnivore because I love meat to much to give it up but I have throttled way back and am probably a 10/90 omnivore (10% meat diet) :)

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  8. Laura

    I’ve found that with many meats I can take it or leave it, so I’ve started leaving it. For me, a sandwich with veggies and hummus is going to be more tasty than some mashed up overly salted lunch meat. Every once in a while I will have a fillet or salmon and it will be amazing! Definitely worth not eating low quality stuff on a regular basis.

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  9. Arwyn

    I’m an omnivore and I eat meat, but I don’t particularly care for it over other foods. It’s just easier to be able to have it as an option if I need quick protein or I’m suddenly in the mood for it. Taking it out would limit my diet and I don’t have anything against it, I just don’t feel the need to eat massive piles of it like some do. If you offer me a plate or great ribs or some venison you hunted, I’m not going to turn my nose at it. Same with your special tofu or seitan cheesesteak – if it’s good food, I’ll eat it.

    It’s part of my diet – it doesn’t define my diet.

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  10. nathan

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE MEEEEEEEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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