- The short answer: I am not a baby calf. That is who cow's milk is intended for.
- The 'moment of realisation' answer: I love breastfeeding my son, it is one of the most special privileges of motherhood. One evening I reflected that if I was a cow, I'd never get to enjoy this because my baby would have been taken away and I'd be strapped to a milking machine instead. That seemed wrong. That was when I made my decision.
- The 'embedded memory that provides context' answer: back in the summer of 1992, when I was nine, and Linford Christie was charging along at the Barcelona Olympics, we stayed on holiday at a farm. There was a sad baby cow there who had been taken from its mum and the sound was totally horrible.
- The flippant answer 1: I've been vegetarian for nineteen years and it's just too easy to eat out as a veggie now.
- The flippant answer 2: I find it easier to decline a chocolate bar on ethical principles than willpower.
- The well-read answer: however lovely and organic and caring the farm, animal and bird farming practices are still pretty grim. I wasn't especially educated about this as a town-dweller but it didn't take much online research to make me feel uncomfortable about colluding with it.
- Yes, I am OK with you eating meat and dairy in front of me.
- No, I am not bringing up my son to be vegan, he can make the choice as to what to eat when he's old enough.
- Yes, I feel sure I will receive all the nutrients we need.