Voices from the Garden: Stories of Becoming a Vegetarian

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Daniel Towns, Sharon Towns
Lantern Books, 2001 - Cooking - 176 pages
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As more and more people become aware of the natural health, environmental, and animal welfare consequences of eating meat, more and more people are looking into vegetarianism. The first question such people often have, however, is: "How do I become a vegetarian?"
In nearly fifty personal stories, Voices from the Garden uncovers the motivations, concerns, and life journeys of people who decided to become vegetarians. These people come from all age-groups, ethnicities, countries, social strata, educational background, and perspective. Some became vegetarians because they experienced a life-changing relationship with a nonhuman animal. Some became vegetarians because of a health crisis that led them to their new diet. Some became vegetarians because of worries about the environmental consequences of meat-consumption. All, however, found themselves having to deal with the questions that many ask: What about protein? How do I deal with friends and family? How do I eat out? etc.
This inspiring collection is ideal for anyone thinking of vegetarianism or wanting to reinforce their move to vegetarianism.
Contributors Include:
  • Howard Lyman
  • Erik Marcus
  • Michelle A. Rivera
  • Ingrid Newkirk
  • Richard H. Schwartz
  • Jennie Taylor Martin
  • and many others
 

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Contents

Sixty Years of Vegetarianism
13
How I Became a Vegetarian
16
A Healthier Happier Life
24
My Journey to Vegetarianism
27
A Hope for the Century
31
The Sounds of the Knives
35
Why I Am a Vegetarian
37
Our Vegetarian Family
41
Because I Care
87
Vegan for Health
91
Elmo
93
Cinderella
95
Awakening
97
Vegetarianism and Me
99
Stranger in a Strange Land
102
A Sense of Compassion
107

Through My Childrens Eyes
43
Why I Chose a Vegetarian Life
45
A Puddle of Blood
48
A Field of Grazing Cows
51
Going Veggie
53
Quiet Determination
58
Environmental Wacko
60
An Idea of Equality
63
Teenage Vegetarian
67
My Planet
69
Frat House Vegetarian
72
A Growing Awareness
74
StraightEdge Vegan
75
Unspeakable Suffering
77
Out of the Cheese Trap
80
Remembering Elsie
82
Enlightened by a Daughter
83
Why I live CrueltyFree
84
An Epiphany
110
Vegetarian Sissies?
113
An Innocuous Picture
115
The Power of a Magazine Article
117
Mr Monday
119
Listen Carefully Before Its Too Late
122
Silence
125
Becoming Vegetarian Again
132
Italian Vegetarian
136
Transition to a Vegetarian Lifestyle
139
A Bag of Raw Flesh
143
The Decision
145
Veggie Tale
153
Contributors
156
Voices from the Garden
167
Resources
168
For Further Reading
170
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