October 1, 2010

World Vegetarian Day:: Some Food For Thought

World Vegetarian Day was founded by The North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of a meat-free diet.

Not ready to give up meat, you say? How about trying it just one day a week to start out? Here are some benefits of eating less meat:

• Reducing the risk of major killers such as heart disease, strokes and cancers while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens;

• Providing a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops;
• Saving animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter;
• Conserving vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources;
• Preserving irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats that are being converted to livestock ranching;
• Decreasing greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming;

For great tips and recipes to get you started, visit these links:
Vegetarian Times

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Cat said...

Great post Susan!

I went veg almost three years ago and I don't miss meat at all. Hopefully others will be inspired to give it a try :-)

Unknown said...

It's been about 3 years for me too, Cat, and I have been healthier and happier than ever. Wish I'd made the change sooner...

Catherine said...

I haven't eaten red meet for years ~ not since I was a young girl. (And that was many years ago...haha) I don't miss it! :)

Have a happy weekend Susan Faye!
xo Catherine

Linda Ledbetter said...

I became a vegetarian about two years ago, and can't imagine going back. It's so important to be honest with ourselves about what it is we're eating, what the implications are and how it got on that plate.

Thanks for this great post, Susan.

Mellissa Tracy Bushby said...

Hello Cat Lady, I have just read your Etsy 'Old Dog, New Tricks' advice, and thought, as a fellow cat adorer, that I would have a look at your blog. What a pleasure it has been, to read and visit with you. My good news is that I have just been offered a book deal for my vegan cookbook, which focuses on showing people that by not eating animal products, they do not have to feel deprived. I am a pen and ink artist and ceramic artist, do feel free to visit my site - www.mellissabushby.co.za, or www.theclayworkshop.wordpress.com. Also still getting the hang of technology, I much prefer wandering around the garden with my feline friends, but there, it has its place. Have a wonderful weekend.