Talkin' the Talk.Many of us who have given up meat are like reformed smokers. Once we've kicked a bad habit bad habit Unhealthy habit Clinical medicine A patterned behavior regarded as detrimental to physical or mental health, which is often linked to a lack of self-control. Cf Good habit. , we think everybody can and should do the same--and we're more than willing to help. But how? Actually, there are lots of ways to be an advocate for a healthy, cruelty-free diet. One of the easiest and most effective is by setting a good example. Writing letters to the editors of Vegetarian Journal or other magazines, promoting healthy school lunches, tabling for VRG VRG Varig (Viacao Aerea Rio-Grandense, Brazil, ICAO code)
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A few years ago, while tabling at a Family and Consumer Sciences conference, several home economics teachers asked me if I would speak to their high school classes about vegetarian diets. I was already working on a vegetarian slide presentation for the Animal Rights Foundation of Florida, so I readily agreed. I soon found myself speaking to several advanced food classes--mostly juniors and seniors. Since then I've also presented to numerous groups outside of high schools, including university clubs, animal welfare organizations, senior centers, civic groups, hospital food service personnel, a cycling Club A cycling club is a club or society formed by and for cyclists, and is usually focused in a particular geographic location, perhaps a region, town or city suburb, as well as national cycling clubs, such as the United Kingdom's Cyclists' Touring Club, CTC) and also internet based , and even a Navy family services organization. All of these opportunities came about simply by offering this service to anyone who seemed interested, and also through recommendations from satisfied "customers." People really do want to know about vegetarianism vegetarianism, theory and practice of eating only fruits and vegetables, thus excluding animal flesh, fish, or fowl and often butter, eggs, and milk. In a strict vegetarian, or vegan, diet (i.e. .
Of course, getting the gig is only a start. The next step is to deliver. The format I've chosen is a slide presentation that introduces and explains the environmental, health, and ethical reasons for becoming vegetarian. This presentation, with a few minutes for questions, takes up a typical 45-50 minute high school period. I've found that it's important that the tone be non-judgmental, while still clear enough to emphasize that eating meat makes no sense at all.
The level of receptivity you can expect from an audience varies widely--from the sincerely interested to those who consider you part of the lunatic fringe lunatic fringe - [IBM] Customers who can be relied upon to accept release 1 versions of software. . I wish I could tell you that people routinely come running up to me in droves after a presentation, asking me to count them among the enlightened, but that's not real life.
Most often, I have one or two people tell me that I've firmed up an interest that has been gnawing at them, and several more people asking me questions to test the waters or to see if they can find a weak spot in my argument or conviction. The high school students love to ask me--usually with a big smile on their faces--"Would you eat a hamburger for $1,000?" My answer is that my values are not for sale for a grand. Of course the next question is, "What about a million dollars?" What would your response be? (You can always ask the kid if, in fact, he or she has a million bucks to wager.)
I've also learned not to presume how an audience will react. I once spoke to a Senior Center group of about fifty women and one man, all in their late sixties or above. They challenged me at every turn and were having a great time doing it! Once, speaking to a group of Registered Dietitians registered dietitian,
n See dietitian, registered. at a hospital I felt, as a nonprofessional non·pro·fes·sion·al
One who is not a professional.
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tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear.
2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats. , only to find that they knew so little about vegetarian diets that they were very inquisitive in·quis·i·tive
1. Inclined to investigate; eager for knowledge.
2. Unduly curious and inquiring. See Synonyms at curious. and extremely interested in what I had to say.
There are many ways you can offer this topic to groups. One of the simplest is to lead an interactive group discussion. Another option is to play a videotape videotape
Magnetic tape used to record visual images and sound, or the recording itself. There are two types of videotape recorders, the transverse (or quad) and the helical. on some aspect of vegetarianism and then discuss it. Some activists have had great success preparing or helping a class prepare a vegetarian dish and then discussing the merits of a meatless diet. As I've indicated, I've found that a slide-based presentation is the format with which I'm most comfortable, and it seems to be well accepted. So after the VRG received several requests from activists looking for Looking for
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