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Carnivorous Plant of the Month Club.  Question: Is someone who eats carnivorous plants a vegetarian?

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Samy December 17, 2006 at 10:42 am

No…..She is a ‘NOVETERIAN’

josh December 17, 2006 at 12:48 pm

Yes, but somebody who eats oysters may not be. Wierd, eh?

Skippy December 17, 2006 at 2:40 pm

thanks for formalizing that.

David Tufte December 17, 2006 at 8:06 pm

Here’a a true economics nerd story.

When the ASSA was in New Orleans in 1997 or so, I went out to dinner with a few new acquaintances – a new classical local taking out 3 Marxists from around the world.

We were served alligator.

One of the Marxists was not a vegetarian, but he was close.

But, he wanted to try alligator, and he liked it.

Then he realized that if the alligator had eaten a person, that he was engaging in second degree cannibalism.

Deeply conflicted, he sat through the rest of the meal in near silence.

liberty December 18, 2006 at 11:53 am

Not so bizarre and convoluted, but in his economics, the Marxist has his incentives (cause and effect) backward. The more alligator that you, the *less* likely it is that more humans will be eaten by alligators. Don’t subsidize the alligators if you don’t want to engage in cannibalism (but of course, his allies in the environmental groups will become angry about that).

As for whether you can be vegetarian and eat carnivorous plants, all reason aside I think the consensus view is that to be a vegatarian you must eat only things that are at the bottom of the food chain: hence no you would not be vegetarian.

liberty December 18, 2006 at 2:42 pm

I was referrring to the consensus among vegetarians ho consider this question, at least from a moral POV. Non-vegetarians and those doing it for health reasons may disagree, but their opinion doesn’t really matter.

Robert Wiblin December 19, 2006 at 2:33 am

Yes you would:

“A vegetarian is someone living on a diet of grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits with or without the use of dairy products and eggs (preferably free-range).

A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or slaughter by-products such as gelatine or animal fats.” – http://www.vegsoc.org/info/definitions.html

Vegetarianism pertains to the genus from which the flesh comes (Animalia is out, Plantae is in), not the trophic level.

Appukkuttan December 19, 2006 at 8:58 am

Somebody told me that Hitler was a vegetarian.Is it true?

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RonAbner56 December 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

As one who has met some some Phoenix florists and priests, I may say that the answer is yes. Usually, the carnivore plants eat small insects. Eating them can not be considered as breaking the fast. Until I will see a veggie eating a cow, I guess that eating plants mean that we are vegetarian.

Matthew January 25, 2011 at 1:15 pm

This is funny.I don’t think that carnivorous plants are eatble because you can’t eat every plant you see because you might end up badly.The concept of carnivorous plant can’t be associated with carnivorous animal.Artificial Christmas Trees

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