One of the many on going discussions in America is the need to stop eating meat and how it may not just lead to a better lifestyle, but help the environment over all. Kathy Freston states, “…going vegetarian gives us a new way to dramatically reduce our dangerous emissions…” (803). As good as it may sound vegetarianism is still not fully accepted in todays society, for when the topic is brought up people feel the need to have a “right” or “wrong” say on the subject. Although slowly increasing, vegetarianism is starting to make its mark on the country, but meat is still a dominant food choice for many reasons: the convenience of fast food, the various cultures that have migrated into the states, and the on going traditions that make up what it means to be American.
Ever since the movie “Super Size Me”; fast food has been exposed to what it truly is, yet people continue to consume it more than ever. The convenience of the typical burger, or a bucket of chicken wings is what keeps the business going. It is one of the main reasons why it is so hard for people to stick to a strict diet such as vegetarianism. Having the will power to go out of one's way to eat accordingly is half the battle, for if the person has no will to do so, then one will eventually be drawn to the nearest food establishment. Americas fast pace of living results in the grab and go mentality, and not many establishments offer a vegetarian friendly menu unless it is a salad that many people look at as a flavorless and unsatisfying meal.
America is known for its melting pot of cultures, which in turn provides a vast selection of unique and foreign foods. For example, Mexico and China have very much influenced the food industry in the Southern California area. With locally owned shops and the common food trucks; it has given the people a taste of different cultures. As a result, all these cultures have one thing in common, which is the consumption of meat in almost every meal. If one were to take...
Cited: Freston, Kathy. “Vegetarian Is the New Prius.” everything’s an argument with readings 5th edition. Ed. Andrea A. Lunsford, John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. New York: Bedford St. Martins, 2010. 800-803. Print.
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