Vegetarians. . . . . Trendy and shallow?

The following is a letter that was written to The Trend from Cory Lauden regarding the Opinion column that referred to vegetarians as "trendy..... shallow." Thought you might like to see what she wrote:

Dear Mr. Zimniuch:
†††† I take exception to a statement you made in your Opinion column, "Those Fabulous Fads", in the September 10, 1999, issue of The Trend.
†††† You start out the seventh paragraph by stating that "Vegetarians were hot for a while, but too shallow to stick around for long. Too trendy and the crap they eat tasted horrible."
†††† As a 19-year vegetarian who knows many other vegetarians who have lived much of their lives as such, I am writing to tell you that vegetarianism is alive and well, growing in numbers each year. I know vegetarians in their 50ís and 60ís, all the way down to vegetarians in their teens and 20ís. Although each of us has our own reasons for being vegetarian (for health; ethical, moral and/or religious reasons; the environment; animal rights issues), it certainly is not a trend or merely a passing fad -- vegetarianism is here to stay.
†† Just take a look around the Berlin area, and you will see for yourself ample evidence of this.
†††† Whole foods -- the so-called "health foods" on which many vegetarians thrive -- are making their way from smaller health food stores onto the shelves of mainstream supermarkets.

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†††† I don't invite you -- I challenge you.
I challenge you to come and taste the wonderful array of dishes we prepare and serve, and to take the opportunity to talk with us and to get to know us. Then you can re-decide if we are indeed shallow, trendy and eat crap that tastes horrible.
†††† I am delighted to enclose for you a list of our up-coming events. I hope you will look it over and consider taking up my challenge to join us sometime in the near future. I assure you, we are quite normal, regular people in many ways. Itís just that we have decided to put some thought into what we do and what effect our actions have on the world, for us and for future generations.
†††† If you have any questions or would like to talk about anything I have said,
you may reach me in the evenings at 856-753-3431.

I look forward to meeting you and to talking with you. Thank you for taking the time to read my views.
†††† Cory Ebischbach-Lowden

After receiving her letter Mr. Zimniuch called Cory and he thanked her for writing, said her letter was very well written, and is going to accept her invitation to join us at one of our dinners!!! Looks like it will be theThanksgiving potluck on November 20th. Cory would like to make sure there are some solid, friendly people there to make sure he is made to feel welcome and not antagonized. Cory senses he is a bit nervous, since the only vegetarians he has ever known are the in-your-face, I-am-right-you-are-wrong type. It's not a hard request to fullfill because our dinners have always been a place to meet like minded people who are friendly and the atmosphere is very inviting. Our Thanksgiving potlucks have always had an abundant variety of delicious food. Donít miss this one!††††††††††††††††††††† There was excerpts of Coryís letter in the letters to the editor section! I would like to acknowledge Cory for the professional way in which she expressed her beliefs and feelings. It is a pleasure to have her as a representative for our organization.GREAT JOB CORY!†† If you would like to read Mr Zimniuchís original letter you can e-mail Janet@vssj.com and request a copy.††††††

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