DawnWatch: Great veggie kid article in Philadelphia Inquirer 6/28/07

June 29th, 2007 5:06 pm by mad mags

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Subject: DawnWatch: Great veggie kid article in Philadelphia Inquirer 6/28/07

The Thursday, June 28, Philadelphia Inquirer includes a superb article by Rita Giordano, headed, “The veggie kid; A young family member who says no to meat can be served without making meals a tall order.” It is on the cover of the Food section — page F1

Giordano discusses her fearful reaction to her eleven-year-old daughter’s sudden pronouncement that she was a vegetarian adobe flash reader kostenlosen. She writes, “Were we now talking multiple entrees? What did I look like? A caterer?”

Then she writes,

“Nearly a year has passed starmoney 10 herunterladen. Aislinn is indeed a vegetarian, and I have not been reduced to kitchen slave. Having a vegetarian kid in an otherwise meat-eating household has proved to be quite doable herunterladen. In fact, we’ve discovered great dishes we probably wouldn’t have if not for this veggie thing.

“My kid is not unique. According to a 2005 poll conducted for the Vegetarian Resource Group, an estimated 3 percent, or 1.4 million, American 8- to 18- year-olds are vegetarian weihnachten video zum herunterladen.

“While VRG doesn’t have the data to prove there has been an increase in kid vegetarians, consumer research manager John Cunningham said he believes the number has grown, in part because of more acceptance by society.

“‘Ten, 15 years ago, a parent would have just forced the kid to eat meat,’ he said.

“Some kids don’t like meat. But vegetarianism is also hot with lots of preteens and teenagers for moral, ethical and health reasons. When your child goes to the trouble of researching the nasty things done to animals en route to our tables and then commits to changing behavior so he or she is not supporting inhuman treatment, it’s hard not to support that.

“In addition, vegetarian diets can be associated with good things like lower body mass and decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

“At the same time, you don’t want your children to suffer some weird nutritional deficiency. As a parent, it’s important to teach your children how to eat properly so that doesn’t happen.”

Giordano notes the importance of getting plenty of plant proteins, calcium, iron and Vitamin B12, and writes,

“You won’t have any trouble finding sources of more information. There are Web sites like http://www.vegetarianteen.com and http://www.vrg.org., and plenty of books. The one Aislinn gave me when she made her pitch was Vegetables Rock!: A Complete Guide for Teenage Vegetarians by Stephanie Pierson (Bantam, 1999). Written by the mother of a vegetarian, it is readable, useful, and even has some pretty good recipes.”

You’ll find Giordano’s full Philadelphia Inquirer article on line at http://www.philly.com/inquirer/food/8216582.html

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My thanks to Erica Meier at Compassion Over Killing (http://www.cok.net) for making sure we saw this delightful article.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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