Flexitarian

According to Wikipedia, a flexitarian is a semi-vegetarian diet is one that is plant-based with the occasional inclusion of meat products. In 2003, the American Dialect Society voted flexitarian as the year’s most useful word and defined it as “a vegetarian who occasionally eats meat”.

Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat. In addition to the term flexitarian, which was listed in the mainstream Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2012, a neologism for semi-vegetarianism is reducetarianism. Reducetarianism is simply the practice of eating less meat – red meat, poultry, and seafood. While semi-vegetarians and flexitarians primarily eat plants with the occasional inclusion of meat, reducetarians gradually reduce meat consumption with respect to their own diet.

Common reasons for adopting a flexitarian diet may be ethical issues relating to animal welfare (including health) or animal rights, the environment (see environmental vegetarianism) or reduction of resource consumption (see economic vegetarianism), which are also arguments in favor of adopting a fully vegetarian diet. While flexitarians may view the meat or animal products as occasional indulgences, staunch vegetarians may resent the term or view it as cheating or as a moral lapse. On the other hand, many proponents of veganism embrace flexitarianism/reducetarianism as a way to get a broader section of the general public to act on arguments for veganism, with the consequence that more animal suffering and environmental devastation will be prevented than if the public viewed meat-reduction as all-or-nothing.

 

I listened to a great interview of Michael Polland who stated that it is not very likely that half of the populations become vegans, but that it is very likely that more people eat plant-based foods or mostly plant foods, hence become flexitarians or reducetarians.

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