An underexplored way to increase the number of vegetarians
One thing I’ve learned from you is it’s important to emphasize that it doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. I’ve mostly been vegetarian for 8 years or so, but sometimes I really crave meat. If impossible burgers aren’t cutting it, I’ll have a liverwurst sandwich. In practice, I eat meat 1-2 times per year. There was also a period I fell off the wagon for like a month. It’s important for people like me to understand ourselves as vegetarian even if we don’t always live up to our ideals.
I'm not sure of any inherent difficulty - there have been millions of Chinese and Indian people who are vegetarian, and certainly someone is doing something right here
I 100% agree. This type of reasoning is actually one of the reasons of why I founded Connect For Animals; I currently think that we're leaving a lot of impact on the table because of failure to retain the interest, behavior change, and belief change that we've generated.
I'd be interested in talking with you more about veg*n retention and other movement building topics, if you're interested. To me, this seems like one of the most underinvested areas in the animal advocacy space, so I'm investing a lot of time and energy here. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org—feel free to ping me anytime!
Great post! I suggest posting it on the EA Forum if you haven't already.