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1 October is World Vegetarian Day

After the North American Vegetarian Society has established it in 1977, vegetarian communities everywhere have celebrated the World Vegetarian Day every year. This special day is intended to promote the joy, compassion, and the many life-enhancing aspects of vegetarianism in the field of ...

- health considerations

* "- appropriately planned vegetarian diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases." (Position of the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada -June 2003)

- compassion for animals

* "800 million chickens, 15 million sheep, 9 million pigs and 3 million cattle are slaughtered every year in the UK". (Compassion in World Farming)

* "The question is not, Can they reason nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?" (Jeremy Bentham)

- ecological awareness

* Example water shortages: It takes 100.000 litres of water to produce one kilogram of beef and just 500 litres for one kilogram of potatoes. (from Compassion in World Farming Trust, 2002). Experts say that the growth in demand for meat and dairy products is unsustainable.

- the global hunger problem

* About three-fifth of world consumption of coarse grains is used for animal feed.

* A growing share of wheat is used for animal feed in the industrial countries - 45 percent of total use in the EU.

* It is expected that "even by 2030 about 440 million undernourished may remain" (Source: FAO - World agriculture 2015/2030)

Here are some other ideas of how to make the World Vegetarian Day a success:

* Invite family and friends to a special dinner

* Arrange a vegetarian meal and invite the public and local VIPs to join

* Set up stalls at public places and distribute information material

* Sell cookbooks

* Arrange special programs at schools, colleges, and universities

* Do radio or TV shows

* Put ads in the local newspapers

* Request your newspaper to feature articles on vegetarianism.

* Organise vigils and marches

* Hold an essay and art contest for young people on vegetarian topics

* Request vegetarian food in public establishments

* Show solidarity by collecting vegetarian food items and arrange a free meal

* Send postcards and e-cards World Vegetarian Day Cards)

The DaVeggie Code

Professor of Symbology Fielding George felt the pain in his back getting worse. He was tired, thirsty and hungry and he felt as if he could hardly breathe. The air in the vault of the tiny Roman church was heavy with age and the damp rising from the floor seemed to take away all the oxygen.

George had been crouching down for a long time. He stood up gingerly, careful not to bang his head again on the uneven stones above him. He checked the bump on his head. Yep, it was still there.

Behind him, he could hear special agent Louise Wells' steady breathing. He saw her silhouette in the yellow light of their torch. For the umpteenth time that day he was amazed at how determined she was to find the symbol they were looking for. He wondered whether she had ever in her life conceded defeat. [continue]

World Vegetarian Day 2008

For this year=92s World Vegetarian Day, why not think about doing something for someone or for a charity. Being a compassionate vegetarian also means what you can do for others, as well as what you can do to further vegetarianism, so why not combine the two.[continue]

World Vegetarian Day 2007 - Quiz: Meat and Climate Change

For World Vegetarian Day this year, we thought we would do something a bit different. One of the most serious issues on the agenda is climate change. There is a lot of talk about the environment and what affects climate change, such as carbon emissions from cars. However, what people may not know is the devastating impact of the meat industry on the environment.

To test your knowledge, and for a bit of fun, we have created a quiz on the subject of meat and climate change. [continue]


Sunday, 1st October is World Vegetarian Day - and what a fantastic time to go vegetarian.

Vegetarianism is very much increasing in popularity. Approximately 7% of the UK population now shuns meat, and approximately 5 thousand people go veggie every week (The Vegetarian Society, UK).

There are many health benefits to becoming vegetarian. Scientific studies comparing vegetarians with typical Western diet eaters have found that vegetarians are considerably healthier and less likely to suffer from a wide range of illnesses than meat eaters. Illnesses such as heart disease, certain cancers, hypertension, stroke, bowel problems, appendicitis, gallstones, gout, and obesity, can all be caused, or made worse, by a meat-based diet (Food for Thought, Dr Vernon Coleman). [continue]


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