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Defining "vegetarian"


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Defining "vegetarian"

CTer | Apr 11, 2002 05:41 PM

This may be a New York thing, 'cause I see it a lot mostly on those boards, but: there seem to be a lot of highly disparate ways to define "vegetarian." Even among people who count themselves as such. Some eat fish. Some use it to mean "I don't eat meat (but I might eat fish or chicken or eggs or dairy?)" I always thought it meant the same as what is now called "vegan" but with the possible inclusion of milk products (otherwise known as lacto-vegetarian). (But what do I know? I'm an omnivore, except for natto.) Then there are the folks who won't even touch honey, let alone milk, eggs, meat, fish, poultry, gelatin, etc. and consider anyone else who WOULD eat anything but veg and fruit to be unworthy of the name.

This is all very confusing. I don't want to offend anyone. How did George Bernard Shaw define it? (He's my ideal for this). Is there any chance for consensus?

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