Try these vegan recipes for a hearty stew and cheese sauce – Advice Eating

Like most people, I grew up around meat. It was just what everyone did – including my family and the family of everyone else I knew.

I met my first vegetarian during my freshman year. She was quite a nice person, and I wrote off her vegetarianism as some kind of quirk or slight eccentricity. In short, I haven’t thought much about it. At least not consciously.

Fast forward many years to a day in 1998 when I happened upon an article in The Atlantic magazine entitled “Could Mad Cow Disease Happen Here”. The article discussed the recent mad cow disease epidemic in Britain which required the slaughter of 3.7 million cattle.

That was worrying, but what really caught my attention was the fact that the UK has also banned the sale of certain cuts of beef. Why? Because 27 people had contracted a variant of mad cow disease known as Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease by eating beef products.

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