At the age of 16, I became a vegetarian. It was a time when my consciousness was awakening to both animal rights and ecological issues. I also had trouble digesting meat as a child and had naturally avoided it.
My daughter chose to be a vegetarian around the age of five. Prior to that, she was allowed to eat fish if it was available. Why she made this choice is for her own personal reasons. I did not preach my dogma to her, but I am sure my lifestyle choices and values influenced her.
Yesterday, I was sent this graphic demonstrating that “raising of animals for food & their consumption by humans takes a serious toll on the environment”.
I am not a vegan, but I do not eat a lot of dairy. We have to do what feels right for our bodies, as well as consider our impact on the planet. With the growing population on Earth and the resources needed to feed us, a diet that is more vegetarian than not becomes necessity.
I think children should be educated on the above information in order that they can make their own decisions.