The Standard has an anonymous Guest Post this morning promoting today as World Vegetarian Day.
I agree that a vegetarian lifestyle is the most sustainable lifestyle, and I think promoting it through having a World Vegetarian Day is a good idea. But I can’t agree with the conclusion of the post:
To put it simply, you cannot be a socialist, a greenie or any kind of progressive and eat meat.
That is like saying you can’t be a socialist if you own property, or that you can’t be a green if you drive a car. It is that sort of holier than thou self-righteous attitude that puts a lot of people off socialist and green politics.
As a Green, I acknowledge the diversity within our Party, and acknowledge that different people will have different ways of expressing their greenness, and different levels of sacrifice in their personal lives they are prepared to make to do so.
I choose not to drive a car, but I choose to eat meat. Why am I any less green than someone who does the opposite?