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World Vegetarian Day 10/01/10

October 1 marks the start of Vegetarian Awareness Month.


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World Vegetarian Day kicked off on October 1 and marks the start of a month of vegetarian awareness. First started by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, it was soon endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union and has grown to a encompass an entire Vegetarian month.

The North American Society list a number of reasons for being vegetarian namely:

  • Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
  • Provide a viable answer to feeding the world’s hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
  • Save animals from suffering in factory-farm conditions and from the pain and terror of slaughter
  • Conserve vital but limited freshwater, fertile topsoil and other precious resources
  • Preserve irreplaceable ecosystems such as rainforests and other wildlife habitats
  • Decrease greenhouse gases that are accelerating global warming
  • Mitigate the ever-expanding environmental pollution of animal agriculture

They aim to encourage others to become vegetarian and focus on the positive aspects of this lifestyle choice. They are running a competition throughout the month for any non-vegetarian who makes the decision to live as a vegetarian during the month of October.

They will be drawing cash-prizes each day (US$250 – US$1000)  and at the end of the month – make your pledge here.

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Laura Cooke is the editor and creator of the Veggie Bunch website and community.


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