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A Matter of Choice by Julie Simpson, Dena Michelli

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Barbara’s story

Barbara runs a niche executive coaching business specializing in responsible leadership. She lives in leafy Hampshire with her husband and three children. At 40, she and her husband share the parenting and earning responsibilities.

The choice I’m going to describe is about why I decided to become a vegetarian, a decision that was very unexpected in my family and very much against the grain of everything that people around me were doing.

I grew up in Surrey, where my parents had a large plot of land. We moved there when I was aged three and my family set about tidying it up. We acquired various animals for varying amounts of time, including sheep (which we borrowed to eat the local bracken) and a pony to graze the grass. There ...

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