Weekday Vegetarian Gets The Nod From TIME and PETA


Sam Kerr for Time

Graham Hill's Weekday Vegetarian concept is controversial among some of our readers, who don't think people should eat meat at all. But Time Magazine says that only 2.5% of Americans are strict vegetarians or vegans, and Graham's idea is that any cutback in meat consumption is good for the environment. Not everyone has the discipline to go, dare I say, whole hog; according to Vegetarian Times, a full 10% of Americans follow a "vegetarian-inclined" diet.

But the most surprising takeaway from the Time article is who agrees that the Weekday Vegetarian is a good thing.

Graham Hill Explains the Weekday Vegetarian Concept at TED

Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and The Way We Eat- Why Our Food Choices Matter, tells TIME that "People should go further, but it's progress in the right direction."

The spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association noted that "A partial-vegetarian plan is a little more user-friendly"

But the kicker was from a group normally considered strident: PETA.

"Absolute purists should be living in a cave," says Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). "Anybody who witnesses the suffering of animals and has a glimmer of hope of reducing that suffering can't take the position that it's all or nothing. We have to be pragmatic. Screw the principle."

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Collin describes it in detail: Try a Weekday Vegetarian Diet: Eat Green Food without Taking the Plunge

TreeHugger chef Kelly offers dozens of vegetarian recipes that are simple and delicious here. Her most recent recipes:

Weekday Vegetarian: Corn on the Cob with Maple-Chipotle Glaze
Weekday Vegetarian: Using Up Eggplant from the Garden
Weekday Vegetarian: An Artful Eggplant and Red Pepper Stack for a Hot Day

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