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Vegetarian Awareness Month

Vegetarian Awareness Month

As you may have noticed, I have a soft spot for quirky holidays. National Butterscotch Pudding Day, Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday, National Cherry Popover Day–you name it, I’m celebrating. But novelty aside, I find some of these “holidays” very worthwhile. Case in point: Oct. 1–World Vegetarian Day.

World Vegetarian Day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism, according to the North American Vegetarian Society, which founded the day in 1977. The holiday was then endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. World Vegetarian Day kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, so if you can’t celebrate on the first of October, rest assured, you have the whole month. Of course, there’s no reason to stop with just October.

Recognizing and celebrating World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month is a fine way to help others learn about the benefits of vegetarianism, and NAVS points out the importance of a vegetarian diet with these benefits:

Reduction of the risk of major killers like heart disease, stroke and cancers while cutting exposure to food-borne pathogens.
Offers a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry, through more efficient use of grains and other crops.
Saves animals from suffering in factory farm conditions and from painful slaughter.
Conservation of vital, but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources.
Preservation of irreplaceable ecosystems, such as rain forests and other wildlife habitats.
Mitigation of the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture.

For non-vegetarians, there are still ways to celebrate World Vegetarian Day:
Eat meat-free for the day or throughout the month.
Learn how a vegetarian diet can benefit you personally.
Try the meatless options available at local restaurants and eateries.
Discuss vegetarianism with your interested friends, family and co-workers.
Host a meatless meal or potluck for your friends.
Eat meatless meals on a regular basis.

To get started, or to enhance your vegetarian repertory, see our archive of more than 380 vegetarian main meal recipes.

Related:
8 Reasons to Rock-On With Meat-Free Mondays
Confessions of a New Vegetarian
What’s a Vegan Diet?

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By Melissa Breyer, Senior Editor, Care2 Healthy and Green Living

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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12:30AM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thank you :)

1:13AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Thanks

1:06AM PST on Mar 6, 2013

Great!!! Everyone should be made aware of the positive affects of vegetarianism on our planet and our lives. Try it... You and the planet it will be glad you did.

4:21AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks.

9:42AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thank you

2:50AM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Thank you for sharing :)

5:35AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Good article, thank you....

5:28PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

Eating local grown fruits & vegetables is a healthy choice year round, not just in October. I'm not vegetarian; but I celebrate the health benefits of this sector of the food plate (pyramid replacement). Savor the goodness!

4:41PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

something to think about when opportunities to learn are more prevalent

5:32AM PDT on Oct 5, 2012

People who really love animals don't eat them.

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