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Giant inflatable cow outside Reggie Lewis Center

Citizen Coping took a gander at the giant cow outside the Boston Veg Food Fest at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury (runs through tomorrow).

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I always knew cows were vegetables.

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Strawberry milk is vegan.

I still find it funny, during the early days of the pandemic when everyone was panic buying food, the vegan section was always fully stocked.

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Thanks for the heads up.

This is a great event for learning about cooking without meat and delicious ways to serve veg. You don't have to be a vegetarian to appreciate the offerings involved - just willing to experience.

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They have to have an event to teach (convince) people vegetables are delicious says it all.

Bacon doesn’t need that!

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Feh!

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if people think vegetarianism is about eating vegetables. People who eat meat should *also* be eating vegetables! Pretty bad for you to just eat like... meat and white bread, or whatever.

For most people, going vegetarian (or going *towards* vegetarian, since nothing says you have to be absolutist about it) in a healthy way involves learning how to incorporate more legumes into their diet -- lentils, chickpeas, beans, etc. That's where you're going to get your protein needs met. Those are also tasty as heck -- falafel, dal, hummus, chili (non carne), bean salad, tacos, all that good stuff that people already like.

But for some reason, people think vegetarian means lettuce or something.

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I agree that it is, but it is something that we were taught just the same.

Do you think that it is "just natural" to eat hamburgers instead of paneer curries? Many cultures have never included bacon and some directly prohibit it.

This is all about what culture teaches you, not about what "just is". Our culture emphasizes meat eating - that isn't a problem with vegetables or vegetarian food not being tasty.

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But every time I look at the inflatable cow, I want to either drink some milk, eat some ice cream, or chow down on a nice steak.

It's nothing against vegetarianism (to each their own) but the visual gets the opposite reaction from me than what they want.

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...I don't see why a cow is a symbol of a vegetarian festival either. It's kind of like having a gun be a symbol of a peace festival. Talk about mixed messages.

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Vegans don't consume any animal products. Vegetarianism also incorporates milk and eggs for those who don't want to kill animals but don't mind putting them to work.

If you call how people treat their prized poultry family members "work". Pets with benefits!

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Mayor Wu allows us to own cows with city limits.

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Well, OK, not cows, but bulls, but in any case, Curtis and Willard at Allandale Farm are on the Boston side of the Brookline line.

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But the inflatable cow also has me thinking about beef.

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City boy!

Milk cows and steers ranched for beef are rather different breeds.

Kind of like saying you saw a clydesdale and it made you think of horse racing.

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Perhaps you caught that I mentioned that my cousins are dairy farmers, as I know that there is a difference between the stocks they raise and that which cattle farmers raise. But you know what happens when you make assumptions.

Still, my stomach puts cows together as a group, so now I'm dying for a hamburger.

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Still, my stomach puts cows together as a group, so now I'm dying for a hamburger.

So go get one then?

There are things more tiresome than performative look-at-me-I-eat-meat-ism, but right now I'd be hard pressed to think of one. I eat meat, quite happily, but I don't feel the need to wave a pork chop in the face of everyone who mentions that they're vegan/vegetarian.

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It might actually contain some old dairy cows if randomly sourced.

I grew up in ranching country. I also grew up hunting. I like the occasional burger or steak but I don't wave it like a flag just because TuckerSwansonTrustfundFrozenDinner told me that I have to have a moral panic about not eating one.

I like food and variety. Why does that have to be political rather than human? I remember community cookouts and county fairs where there was lots of local meat, but also a lot of interesting locally-grown vegetable offerings from people proud of their produce farms.

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And I’ve been eating meat since before the Murdochs expanded beyond print journalism, but this is not about politics.

I don’t care if people eat meat or not. I’ve said that from the get go. Why you and the one above you are making this political reflects poorly on you and llb.

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Are they silly for associating dairy cows with hamburgers, or for *not* doing so?

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Kneejerk contrarianism is bad! Maybe you should do a bit of reflection about what makes you want to oppose things just because someone else says them.

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If your literacy was up to par, you'd see that I wrote that I have nothing against people being vegetarians. That seeing a cow wants me to consume them or what they produce is something different. There's a giant ceramic cow in front of J.P Licks, an ice cream store at Legacy Place. Do you think that is there to discourage people from going in?

Maybe you should do a bit of reflection about what makes you want to oppose things just because someone else says them. Tolerance is a strength, not a weakness.

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