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9 Easy Ways To Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

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9 Easy Ways To Celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month

Happy Vegetarian Awareness Month! Since 1977, the North American Vegetarian Society has declared October 1 World Vegetarian Day, and since 1978, it has been endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union.

The purpose of the day is to “promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. It also brings awareness to the ethical, environmental, health and humanitarian benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle.”

World Vegetarian Day kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, which concludes with World Vegan Day on November 1. That means you have a whole month to raise the awareness of those around you and encourage them to join you in adopting a vegetarian diet.

If you are a vegetarian and want to educate those around you,  here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Make a list of your favorite vegetarian restaurants, or those that serve favorite dishes, for your friends and family—or take them to one of them to see (and taste) for themselves.
  • Share some of your favorite vegetarian recipes with your friends and family members. For me, part of the reason it has taken me so long to make main courses out of vegetables is because I am limited in my culinary skills. I need some good menu ideas to get going. Give them a recipe list, or make them one of your favorites and attach the recipe to it.
  • Are you a gardener? Need to get rid of the last of your summer produce to make room for your cool season crops? If so, give those you love a basketful along with recipe and meal planning ideas. Not a gardener? Then shop at your local farmers’ market and give them a basketful from there.
  • You can also organize a produce swap. This can be with friends and family or with other gardeners, to increase their awareness about the number of produce varieties to choose from.


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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.


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12:49PM PDT on Aug 16, 2015

Thanks Judi.

2:17PM PDT on Aug 9, 2015

Thanks Judi.

3:14PM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thank you Judi.

5:19AM PST on Feb 4, 2014

thank you for sharing

8:23PM PDT on Jul 16, 2013

Vegetarian Awareness Month 0_o What'll they think of next?!

5:11AM PDT on May 3, 2013


10:11PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thank You

9:30AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013


4:08AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

October...? Well, I've been a vegetarian since 1975, so I guess I celebrate every month...

3:52AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013


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