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I admit I was one of those omnivores who asked that. Before anyone jumps on my @$$, let me remind everyone that what is asked is always, except online, accompanied by the way it is asked.

If I had never asked, I would never have been given that recipe for portabello mushrooms sauteed in red wine and garlic, or learned the proper way to cook rice, or tasted a puff pastry cassarole stuffed with mushrooms, wild rice and tofu. I would never have been able, on my own, to cut my family's meat intake by more than half, or known how to get a full day's worth of nutrients by using various veggies and grains, or learned that not all soy milk is equal, or even tried soy milk in the first place.

When an omni asks, "What do you eat?" it is not always a hostile question. The older generation, our parents, for example, were told repeatedly by doctors, teachers and nutritionists that meat is one of the four basic food groups. Veggies and grains were always relegated to the sidelines. If Mom or Grandma or Uncle Ernie ask, "What do you eat?" there is a good chance it is out of concern.

Of course some people are going to be hostile, no matter what, and not just to veg*ns. These people are idiots who have a fixed idea about your dietary habits (or skin color or religion or gender or the way you pronounce your words) and NOTHING is going to change them. However, I believe that when most people ask a question, they are ignorant on the subject and want to be enlightened. Remember, ignorance is curable, stupid is forever, wisdom is knowing the difference between the two.

Uhura :o)
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