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When a friend mentioned last year that her 7-year-old daughter had gone vegan, I stifled a sigh of relief. “Thank God I’m not raising children in Brooklyn,” was my smug little thought.
What a fool I was. This summer, my 9-year-old returned from sleep-away camp a vegetarian.
I felt her eyes on me as I frantically chopped up a defrosted chicken before dinner one evening. “How is it O.K. to eat other animals?” she murmured. “What did they ever do to us?” I mentally rummaged through and discarded potential answers:
“It’s a dog-eat-dog world”?
“The circle of life”?
“Just don’t think about it”?
Whereas pickiness was formerly seen as a character flaw, a failure of parenting or just plain bad manners, it can now acquire a veneer of health, mindfulness and principled ethics. Kids aren’t being picky; they are choosing.
An April 2014 poll of 1,200 Americans conducted by Harris Interactive for the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 4 percent of those ages 8 to 18 identified themselves as vegetarians. That’s roughly two million children, including a half-million vegans. Bookstores teem with volumes like “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vegan Eating for Kids ” and “Give Peas a Chance .” Perhaps inevitably, a sequel to the 2011 best-selling book “Go the ____ to Sleep” is scheduled to come out this fall. The title: “You Have to ____ing Eat.”