My sister said this morning she would like to be a vegetarian. If she lived in a big city where they had meat replacement products.
In the small place where we live now there's no special food for vegetarians. There's obviously vegetables and stuff, but there's no replacement meat products. There are also no sign on any food saying whether or not it's suitable for vegetarians. If you are a vegetarian or vegan up here people give you weird looks and think you're mental. I don't think I've ever heard of anyone being a vegetarian or vegan here. People eat meat nearly every day, and they go hunting and then eat that meat.
My mother is against vegetarianism. When my sister or I start talking about it, not necessarily that we want to be vegetarians, but just randomly, she will try fining loads of negative things about vegetarianism. I've stopped talking about it, I can't be bothered with the arguing.
I wouldn't mind being a vegetarian. When I first moved to England I lived with vegetarians for 18 months, and in that time I only had meat about 6 times. I missed the chicken. When I stopped being an au pair and got a place on my own, I didn't start eating meat again. I had gotten used to living without it.
My reason for being a vegetarian is environmental. It's better for the environment to eat less meat. So next time I find a place of my own, I will try to eat less meat again. I probably won't be a proper vegetarian because I do like to have meat sometimes.
Some people think that vegetarians are really healthy, because they eat vegetables all the time. Not true. Vegetarians can still make unhealthy foods, and also eat loads of cakes/cookies/crisps etc.
I can't really see anything negative about being a vegetarian, as long as you still get all the vitamins and minerals and stuff that you need.
My aunt was a vegan for a while. Which would have been fine if she knew what to eat, but her diet consisted of rice and raisins. She also fed her son this (then a toddler), which I don't think is very good because it's very important for small children to get vitamins, minerals, proteins and all that stuff. I'm not saying that children should eat meat, I'm saying you need to make sure they still get all the things they need through their food, whatever it is you want them to eat.