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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I have been vegetarian for 10 years- since I was 10 years old, and vegan since I turned 21 in September. Best decision I've ever made, and it was easy for me. My whole family eats meat, my dogs eat meat. I don't know another vegetarian/vegan- a lot of my friends were vegetarian in jr. high school, but started eating meat in high school/ university. It doesn't bother me that they eat meat- but ever since watching "meet your meat" I can't eat it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I eat a primarily plant based diet, though I'm not a strict vegan. I do it for a variety of reasons:
Health-I'm healthier without it.
I have concerns regarding the use of antibiotics and hormones used in commercially produced meat.
I don't like how the animals are raised, treated and the additives they use on them pre and post slaughter.
I don't like what the industrial food system does to the environment.
Because of these reasons I don't support the system with my money. Personal choice.

I lived on a sheep farm and have been a part of the slaughter. I have no issue with eating sustainable, humane meat, but I can't afford it-thus I eat mostly plants, beans, grains etc. I would love to raise my own chickens/turkey/beef/pork for consumption...That's a ways in the future though.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I tried the vegetarian route for a few months and I couldn't find enough things to eat in order to balance it out. They seem to have a lot more recipes now so it's alot easier.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I tried being a vegetarian ONCE. And that was to prove to my parents when I Was about 12 that I WOULD give up all meat if they stopped cooking crabs alive.

But honestly I enjoy meat, I don't eat it too often, if something is on sale I freeze it usually. But I feel healthier when I eat primarily veggies, fruits, and beans/nuts etc. anyway.
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I definitely am a meat eater. I can't afford locally grown/free range types, if I could I would buy it...
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Old 12-23-2012, 08:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I can take it or leave it..I eat alot of fish (work in a fishmarket I don't really eat chicken since I got my chickens,,kinda puts me off , I was never a big chicken eater in the first place.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:36 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I am an omnivore, much like a bear...I eat meat, almost all different meats. We buy our beef direct from ranchers, hormone free and grass fed. We kill our own deer and elk. We shoot our own pheasant, and I buy turkeys and chickens direct from the local Hutterite Colony, hormone free and organic.

I like to eat meat, I miss it if I don't eat it daily. Because we buy closer to the source, our meat costs no more than grocery stores and it's much better quality (AND the ranchers make more per pound too!). When we buy beef, we buy a 1/2 at a time and steaks, roast and burger all together cost about the same per pound, cut and wrapped, that burger costs at the grocery store.

My kids have always been meat eaters too!

ETA: I should add that I grew up on a working farm, we had a milk cow who had a calf about every other year, who we named Mr. Steak, or Porterhouse or some such that went off to have steak and such made out of him/her. We had goats, we had chickens, we bought 100 chicks every spring and butchered the males every fall (about 60 of the 100) for food. I personally took care of 30 turkey chicks every spring that we butchered and sold for food, and ate a few every year ourselves. We had between 30 and 300 pigs at a time that we sent off for slaughter...baby pigs that I bottle fed because their mamas wouldn't. It was sort of sad every fall, but I also liked and still like eating meat and to me, it's worth it.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:49 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hey I lived in Helena! We bought our meat form the Meat Block. It was a great butcher shop with letters from local 4'H kids that the owners had purchased cows from. You could see the beef hanging in the back room.
I live in Seattle now and buy only organic, sustainable blah blah meat. I no longer eat huge steaks, my serving size is about 4 oz. However, I can't eat chicken. It grosses me out.
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Hey I lived in Helena! We bought our meat form the Meat Block. It was a great butcher shop with letters from local 4'H kids that the owners had purchased cows from. You could see the beef hanging in the back room.
I live in Seattle now and buy only organic, sustainable blah blah meat. I no longer eat huge steaks, my serving size is about 4 oz. However, I can't eat chicken. It grosses me out.
Must be Capital Meat Block you're talking about...they burned down several years ago and no one rebuilt. I work for the local Conservation District and work with 2 or 3 folks who raise their own beef...they keep a few aside every year to sell direct to friends, family and co-workers. Good stuff!
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Yeah it was a real shame. They had great bones for the dogs as well and they were one of the few places that you could get porkies, pasties and city chicken. My husband grew up in Helena and his parents and sister still live there. We lived there in 97-2001.
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