* Definition of Drought Vegetarian: Someone who is vegetarian due to fact raising livestock requires vast quantities of California’s precious water and we are suffering a drought.
My singular, drought-vegetarian existence took an upturn when I hung out with my buddy Sam this past Saturday. Sam is a born-again vegan — in his second life of veganism, he is a drought vegan. *
In my euphoria over finding a like-minded soul, I pen the following 3 official ** principles of drought vegetarian/veganism.
1. SOME conservation is better than NO conservation.
You do not need to be a purist, obsessively tracking ingredients in every food choice. You do not need to write down the entire stir-fry recipe at the restaurant to see if there are any bone-derived, meat-derived chemicals used to make more spices that might have touched a grain of your rice.
Even if you eat fish sauce every now and then, you are still helping to conserve water by cutting back on your intentional meat consumption (especially beef).
It doesn’t make us any “less” to not be 100% perfect. We all have important things to do, and scrutinizing all of the ingredients in a dish isn’t at the top of that list!
Example: In the name of water conservation, I would also like to eliminate dairy and eggs like my buddy, Sam. But it’s a tough transition to go from omnivore to vegan, so I am instead just cutting back for now — keeping in mind principle #1.
2. We do not intentionally purchase meat products.
I recently compared my current meat-eating ways to my weed-smoking ways. In short: I wouldn’t buy any, keep it at home, or seek it out. But in social situations, I’ve been known to do it. ***
In other words, if my friend gets hit by a flying anvil, promptly develops amnesia, and puts meat product into a dish they are cooking up for a party, at which I am the main guest of honor…. I will eat some. Because throwing it away would be wasteful and unkind.
Otherwise, no intentional purchase of meat products.
3. We respect the usage of water.
These are not presented as the magical solutions to the drought, but rather, gestures to demonstrate respect for water…
* We take shorter, or less regular, showers (bonus to this: did you know showering everyday dries out your skin and hair anyway?);
* We water our trees at night to avoid evaporation;
* We wash dishes in a basin, instead of holding every individual dish under the running faucet…. (this is my personal pet peeve, water conservation be damned).
And…… that’s all for now. Hopefully you get the picture.
Are there any other drought vegans or vegetarians out there? Join the club!
* Now that there are 2 of us that I know of, I hereby deem the terms “drought vegetarian” and “drought vegan” official. Um….also, the term “born-again vegan.”
** It’s official because I say so
*** If you are the feds, this whole section of my post is a complete joke.