Vegetarians are challenging non-vegetarians to go meat-free for a month (or just a week or a day if a month is too scary), kicking off on World Vegetarian Day this coming Tuesday, 1 October.
The aim is to win more converts to a meat-free diet - or at least a meat-light one, which, in addition to its health and animal rights benefits, also gives the environment a break by reducing the demand for livestock farming – the most resource-heavy form of food production with the highest carbon emissions.
Non-vegetarians can return-challenge the herbivores in October by asking them to give their lifestyle a healthy tweak too: walk to work, say, or cut out the booze.
And if you need more reasons to celebrate the meat-free lifestyle, this is the time of year to go crazy with the nut roasts and tofu:
- 27 September: Hug a Vegetarian Day
- October: World Vegetarian Awareness Month
- 1 October: World Vegetarian Day
- 2 October: World Farm Animals Day
- 4 October: Feast Day of St Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals
- 16 October: World Food Day (about world hunger and food security, not stuffing ourselves)
- 1 November: World Vegan Day
- Olivia Rose-Innes, EnviroHealth Editor
(Picture: vegetarian bbq from Shutterstock)
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