A flexitarian is someone whose conscious eating choices involve avoiding meat and fish in favour of fruit and vegetables, except for the occasional indulgence. Traditional vegetarianism involves total abstention from the consumption of meat due to a number of reasons, including ethical motivations, religious beliefs, respect for sentient life, animal rights, animal welfare and environmentalism. Flexitarianism, on the other hand, allows for the occasional consumption of meat and fish and is therefore not as stringent in its moral or ethical implications. Other terms for flexitarianism include ‘semi-vegetarianism’, ‘reducetarianism’ and ‘lessetarianism’.
Supervising Tutor: KC Tsang