Moms Shouldn't Make Their Kids Be Vegetarians on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving turkeyEveryone should have the choice to eat however they choose. Personally, I eat meat. I like meat. I try to eat ethically raised meat, but sometimes, I'll get that diner cheeseburger and I like it. I'm fine with those who choose to go vegetarian, but some people take it too far and become fanatical. Nobody likes an extremist.

Take this recently-turned-vegetarian mom, who has decided she's going to make her daughter be vegetarian too -- just in time for Thanksgiving. Yes, I too have a vegetarian sister who makes dinner out of side dishes. Which ... good for her. More turkey for the rest of us. But why you'd impose dietary extremes on kids is beyond me.


Why the meat moratorium? She read Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Eating Animals, and decided that factory-farmed meat "is inherently diseased, mutated and produced through torture, there was no way I was going to let it come near my baby." Sigh. Yes, I've read The Omnivore's Dilemma, and seen Food Inc. I've learned from them and decided to make conscientious choices about where I buy chicken, for example.

What I find disturbing about this story isn't that moms get to make food choices for their kids. That's part of being a mom. It's the extreme, and kind of warped, logic she uses to make her decisions. It's all-or-nothing. Meat meat meat! Or meat is evil.

"After all, a year ago I would’ve been preaching the virtues of animal protein and the inferiority of vegetables," she writes.Why does one have to be bad and one good? What ever happened to eating a balanced diet, sometimes having meat, eating fruits and veggies, and letting kids learn about food and where it comes from and make their own choices? 

It's all about finding a balance.

Would you make your kids be vegetarians on Thanksgiving?

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