5 Things You Need To Know About Environmental Vegetarians

Thought Catalog

I’m a vegetarian, but I still eat my dad’s hamburgers when I’m home, and last night I helped my friend finish her tuna sushi roll. While these days the word “vegetarian” isn’t met with the same blank stare it always was, I sure get a lot of blank stares when I say I’m vegetarian and then ask to taste your steak. I then qualify that I’m an “environmental vegetarian,” but that usually doesn’t help. As I’m sure my fellow environmental vegetarians can attest, this gets old. So, here is a list of things you need to know about environmental vegetarians, to make your and their shared meals much more pleasant and comprehensible:

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1. Each vegetarian makes their own individual dietary choices.

There are practically infinite ways to be vegetarian, and infinite ways to interpret a “no-meat” diet. Pescatarians only eat plants and fish. Vegans eat no animal products at all…

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The Problem With Little White Girls (and Boys): Why I Stopped Being a Voluntourist

Pippa Biddle

White people aren’t told that the color of their skin is a problem very often. We sail through police check points, don’t garner sideways glances in affluent neighborhoods, and are generally understood to be predispositioned for success based on a physical characteristic (the color of our skin) we have little control over beyond sunscreen and tanning oil.

After six years of working in and traveling through a number of different countries where white people are in the numerical minority, I’ve come to realize that there is one place being white is not only a hindrance, but negative –  most of the developing world.

Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania. Removing rocks from buckets of beans in Tanzania.

In high school, I travelled to Tanzania as part of a school trip. There were 14 white girls, 1 black girl who, to her frustration, was called white by almost everyone we met in Tanzania, and a few teachers/chaperones…

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