by MPD
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Graham Hill, the hippie-raised founder of TreeHugger.com, isn’t vegetarian — well, not really.  At this year’s TED conference, Hill spoke about his controversial dietary dilemma.

“About a year ago I asked myself a question: Knowing what I know, why am I not a vegetarian?,” Hill asked. “After all, I’m one of the green guys. I grew up with hippie parents in a log cabin; I started a site called Tree Hugger. I care about this stuff. I knew that eating a mere hamburger a day could increase my risk of dying by a third. Cruelty: I knew that the 10 billion animals we raise each year for meat are raised in factory farm conditions that we, hypocritically, wouldn’t even consider for our own cats, dogs and other pets. Environmentally: meat amazingly causes more emissions that all the transportation combined…all of it. And beef production uses a hundred times the water that most vegetables do.”

And yet still, still, Graham couldn’t put down the burger. So he created his own system: Weekday Veg. The idea is that one eats “nothing with a face Monday through Friday. And then, “on the weekend, your choice.”

The outcome: Graham says he feels healthier, better about his choices and he’s even saving some moola. Not a bad combo!

Check out the video and let us know what you think about Weekday Veg. Is it a good idea or not enough? Chime in and share your thoughts!

  • maria Romano Trampe’

    I personally think this is a very viable option for those who want to do something good but are not interested in becoming true vegetarians. I myself practice this “program”. I was vegetarian for a short while but the rest of family is not and is not interested in the least bit and I have to say I missed some meat items a lot. So I now really limit my meat consumption but have not completely eliminated it, and I am working on getting the rest of the family to follow suit. I know I am at least reducing the damage being done.

  • alice2112

    I think any degree of Veg is better than nothing right now. Exploiting animals for food has such a cultural stronghold on us and animal products are more readily available (not to mention cheaper) than healthy, cruelty free and environmentally safe vegetarian options. Thank GOD this is changing, although slowly.

    Think Supply and Demand. The more we demand VEG the more Veg options we will start to see and the difficulty of transitioning in such a meat-centric culture will slowly disappear.

    Just think, there are more children being raised VEGAN right now (with USDA and ADA approval and support) than ever before and it is a TON easier.
    I am so jealous of these kids!

  • http://www.veggiesvillage.com/ Veggiesvillage

    This is a great way for people to incorporate more vegetables and fruits in their diet. Take it gradually, start with meatless mondays, then meatless weekdays and hopefully go meat free all seven days. Even a small change in your diet is a step in the right direction.

  • Chereebers

    I think any degree of vegetarianism is better than nothing but I feel that this is a way for people to still participate in the exploitation and degradation of animals while having some kind of clear conscience. They feel absolved them from the guilt of knowing that the choice to eat the flesh of animals (which is never kind, humane, or necessary) because they are “making a difference.” (But obviously not to the dead animal on their plate.)