World Vegetarian Day 2012 Kicks off a Month of Vegan Mofo!

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. Here are a few important veggie facts, and the scoop on Vegan Mofo (Month of Food!!) too!

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 help 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 it great that by going vegetarian or vegan, we’re not only helping animals, but helping people too?

Compassion for Animals: 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!

The North American Vegetarian Society is having a contest for non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl during Vegetarian Awareness Month! Folks who pledge are entered in a random drawing for a thousand bucks! Details are at: WorldVegetarianDay.Org Spread the word & maybe you can inspire your friends to Go Veg!

Vegan Mofo!
Do you like to read blogs? Did you know October is Vegan MoFo?! That means an entire MONTH of hundreds bloggers like me who are writing even MORE than usual to inform the masses about the benefits and yumminess of Vegan Food! Check out the LIST and follow some of your favorite vegan chefs & writers! It’s gonna be great!

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Educate, celebrate & BE the change!