Experimental Short Term Vegetarianism Part 2


Return of the giant hogweed -"Botanical creature stirs seeking revenge..."

Return of the giant hogweed -"Botanical creature stirs seeking revenge..."

 My short-lived experiment with vegetarianism came to an end quite some time ago.

I nevertheless made the effort to try and understand the mind-set of a vegetarian.

I can see for instance why one might treat the idea of eating red meat with revulsion.  One can develop an attachment to a mammal, particularly if its raised from an early age. Cattle and pigs especially can be friendly creatures. In fields, they will often come up to the gate to greet you. Sheep on the other hand stare at you passively and zombie-like, then continue to graze as if oblivious to their own existence.  And leaving aside the welfare the animal in question, there is also the welfare of one’s arteries and heart at stake here.  No pun intended.

Fish, however is a different story.  To my knowledge it’s impossible for a human to have any emotional bond with a fish. OK, there are ethical reasons, such as principled opposition to overfishing, but if one boycotts certain threatened species this problem is solved in one fell swoop.  The health reason argument here is a no-brainer. OK, then lead and mercury contaminants in polluted seas enterig the food chain is a valid point, but think of the essential omega 3 oils and various vitamins, etc you get from oily fish like mackerel and herring.

Despite all this, I certainly eat less meat than I used to. Ironically though I am making a conscious effort to eat more fish.  I’ve even started to use vegetarian mincemeat substitute for spaghetti bolognese. It’s nowhere near as good as the real thing of course, and lacks in taste, but at least it’s filling. I’ve also got into salads more.

So while I would admit that vegetarianism can be quite a noble pursuit in the interests of health and ethical concerns my problem is that roast lamb or beef, good quality ham or bacon just tastes too damn delicious to give up.

In order to be a committed vegetarian it probably helps immensely if you don’t like meat in the first place.

So while I could never envisage becoming a full time vegetarian (unless for health reasons I was forced to), I still feel it does no harm to reduce one’s meat consumption to a minimum.



  1. To my knowledge it’s impossible for a human to have any emotional bond with a fish….. this is crazy! Why is it impossible? Because they dont have fur? You ought to have a look at some aquarium forums and see how many millions of people love fish. And not just ones in tanks! I feel just as much emotional connectedness with a big old tuna as I do with a cow. There is no difference. It is NOT impossible for a human to have any emotional bond with a fish, for I am human and I have them!

  2. I have never declared vegetarianism but am about 90% vegetarian myself. Ethical concerns and health concerns are also my main reasoning. Once I decided to quit eating fast food and cook more instead of eating out, it was easy to just not buy/eat any meat. Still, I’ll eat my mother’s amazing meat dishes and even crappy store-bought taquitos once in a while. I figure the impact of reducing my meat consumption to a reasonable level is enough to where I don’t have to restrict myself entirely.

  3. How bad for you is it to yank out the roots of a giant hogweed? If someone has them in Oakville we’re supposed to call the city and remove it but I’m thinking that removing it myself would be a very bad idea. your thoughts?

  4. Although I’m no expert Devin I’d advise you to take good care if you decide to remove the hogweed yourself.
    Make sure you wear a strong pair of gloves, long sleeves and goggles/glasses to protect your eyes – and take extra care not to let the hogweed make any contact with your skin.
    But please note the Dreaming Armadillo accepts no liability for anything that might happen! Good luck!

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