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Carl_Shulman comments on Should I be vegan? - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 17 May 2015 08:18:44PM *  7 points [-]

A neglected consideration in favor of veganism is that it gives one greater signalling flexibility over most other diets. Depending on one's audience, one can honestly describe oneself as a "vegetarian", a "lacto-vegetarian", a "reducetarian", etc. as well as a "vegan". The importance of this consideration will depend on the relative impact of signalling versus direct effects, the benefits of sending different signals in different contexts, the intrinsic and instrumental value of honesty, and other factors.

Comment author: Carl_Shulman 09 December 2016 06:20:13AM 2 points [-]

I agree re 'vegetarian' and 'vegan' but 'lacto-vegetarian' seems dishonest.

Comment author: Pablo_Stafforini 12 December 2016 11:29:31AM 2 points [-]

Upon reflection, I agree with you. I haven't been using the "lactovegetarian" label much, both because few people know what it means and because there isn't much need to use it. But I won't be using it at all from now on.