After reading Eating Animals and In Defense of Food, I decided to follow the "semi/mostly" vegetarian lifestyle. I have meat once or twice a month, eating it from places I know get their meat from local or non-factory farms. I don't eat piggies (they're too darn cute) or overfished seafood. I feel lucky I live in Durham, NC where this lifestyle is easy, but know it wouldn't be possible in other areas. I want to support farmers ethically raising animals and restaurants buying from these farmers and at the same time engage in dialogue with others to change the perception that to be a vegetarian requires that you never eat meat, that you are grossed out by meat, and/or that you are condemning of meat eaters. I've been a vegetarian for almost 2 years now and feel like my diet is something I will be able to sustain for the rest of my life. If others stop viewing it as a diet consisting of no meat ever again, and instead "okay I'll have meat during special occasions," or even once weekly, I think they'd be less likely to fall off the wagon and revert back to a meaty diet.