World Vegetarian Day Kicks off a Month of Great Events!

This is the post for 2010. Make sure you check out the NEW post for World Vegetarian Day 2011! Happy World Vegetarian Day!!

Happy World Vegetarian Day!!

October 1st is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. People from across the world are working extra hard this month to help inform others about the benefits of vegetarianism. I’ve listed a few important veggie facts below, as well as some of the exciting vegetarian events and festivals. Going veg is great for your health, the environment, and most importantly, it helps diminish the suffering of animals. Let’s educate & celebrate!!

FACTS:

Our Health: Vegan foods provide us with all the nutrients that we need, minus the saturated fat, cholesterol, antibiotics and hormones that are found in meat, eggs, and dairy products. Plant-based diets protect us from heart disease, diabetes, obesity, strokes, and several types of cancer. Vegans also tend to have stronger immune systems and, on average, live 10 years longer than meat-eaters do. So many yummy food options to choose from too! There’s really no excuse!

Our Environment: If all Americans went meat-free just one day a week, it would result in the same carbon savings as taking 19.2 million cars off the road in the United States for an entire year, or save gas emissions equivalent to 46 million return flights from New York to Los Angeles. WOW! It requires 500 times as much land to produce 2.2 pounds of beef as it does to produce 2.2 pounds of vegetables. Sheesh! More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals, and according to scientists at the Smithsonian Institution, the equivalent of seven football fields of land is bulldozed worldwide every minute to create more room for farmed animals. Don’t you love forests? I know I do!

Human Rights: Animals aren’t the only ones who are abused by the meat industry. Human Rights Watch has said that slaughterhouse workers have “the most dangerous factory job in America.” The industry has refused to do what’s necessary to create safe working conditions for its employees, such as slowing down slaughter lines and supplying workers with appropriate safety gear, because these changes could cut into companies’ bottom lines. Many workers endure crippling injuries and many have even lost their limbs—or their lives—from working with dangerous meat-processing machines. Refusing to buy or eat meat ensures that you aren’t contributing to this exploitative industry. Isn’t great that by going vegetarian or vegan, we’re not only helping animals, but helping people too? Cool beans!

Our Compassion: No facts needed here. Going vegetarian and/or vegan helps end needless suffering. Period. Why be cruel when it’s so easy to be kind? I don’t want to be the cause of anyone being shackled or having their throat slit, do you?

BE the change! Here are a few ways to participate in World Vegetarian Month:

Do you live in Southern California?

On Saturday, October 2 from 12-2 p.m. Southern California residents will be treated to free samples of gardein™ (garden + protein) cooked by celebrity vegan chef Tal Ronnen at Whole Foods Market on 225 Lincoln Blvd. in Venice, Calif. Gardein products are REALLY yummy!!

Do you live in Northern California?

The San Francisco Vegetarian Society welcomes everyone to: WORLD VEG FESTIVAL, commemorating World Vegetarian Day. The two-day event takes place Saturday and Sunday, October 2 & 3, 2010 in the San Francisco County Fair Building, located at the Lincoln and 9th Avenue entrance to Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This Award Winning Festival celebrates its 11th year with an action packed weekend of very informative lectures by the movers and shakers of the vegetarian movement plus creative vegan cooking demos; international cuisine to sample or buy; vegan friendly merchandise; a Children’s Corner; Veggie Speed Dating; a Vegan Fashion Show; and a variety of world entertainers. Some of the outstanding speakers are John Robbins, Jeffrey Masson, Rory Freedman, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Michael Greger , Dr. Michael Klaper, Dr. Milton Mills, Dr. Anteneh Roba, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, & more! I sure wish I was up there to attend! Sounds fantastic!!

DATE: Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3, 2010
TIME: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
PLACE: San Francisco County Fair Building, Lincoln & 9th Avenue entrance to Golden Gate Park
COST: $7 suggested donation; FREE to children, students & seniors with ID.
CONTACT: 415-273-5481, wvdinfo@sfvs.org, or www.sfvs.org/wvd








If you can’t make it to either of the above events, here are two ways you can celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month from your home!

Join the Veg News Book Club!

Last week’s discussion centered around Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”. Next week book club members will be reading Animal Camp by Kathy Stevens. Visit the VegNews Book Club for more info =)

Interested in entering a contest with cash prizes?

To encourage non-vegetarians to give meatless eating a try, the North American Vegetarian Society has developed a prize-winning contest. Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl during Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes. The top winner will get $1000 in cash.

One winner will be chosen in each of the following three categories: One day $250 — One week $500 — One month $1,000.

People can enter the “Give Vegetarianism a Try” contest at World Vegetarian Day. Good Luck!

More Vegetarian Awareness Month events to be posted soon! Cheers!!