World Vegetarian Day want you to go veggie for October – here’s why

World Vegetarian Day wants you to go veggie for October
World Vegetarian Day is on 1 October (Picture: Getty)

We all love our greens right? Right?

With the emergence of multiple diets, health smoothies, spinach juice (Green Goddess from Crussh anyone?) and Joe Wicks’ love of ‘midget trees’ – we are now following what our Mums preached to us and are (trying) to eat more vegetables.

We are a meat-loving nation though the amount of meat we’re eating is falling and we’re actually not as meat heavy as a lot of other countries.

An average UK resident eats 84.2kg of meat each year, putting it 30th in the world of the countries to consume the least meat.

Unsurprisingly, the US eats the most, with 120kg per person being eaten each year. It also has the highest obesity rate.

Bangladesh and India top the list, with the average person consuming only 4kg and 4.4kg respectively of meat per year.

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World Vegetarian Day is today – and the challenge is if you could handle being a vegetarian for a month.

The North American Vegetarian Society (Navs) would like you to make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism.

When was World Vegetarian Day born?

World Vegetarian Day was founded in 1977 by Navs and was endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978.

World Vegetarian Day wants you to go veggie for October
Being a vegetarian has many health benefits (Picture: Getty)

Why do they want me to go veggie this October?

Navs say you will be helping to create a better world because a vegetarian diet has proven health benefits, can save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.

What are the health benefits of being a vegetarian?

  • Reduces the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to food-borne 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

Source: Navs

What is the Veg Pledge?

Navs is encouraging non-vegetarians pledging to go meat-free during Vegetarian Awareness Month.

They could win cash prizes of up to $1,000 (£750).

Even just one day will make you eligible for the draw.

Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes.

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How to enter?

Navs has made a four-step plan to try and non-vegetarians to pledge:

  • Step 1 – Let people know that October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and tell them why vegetarians everywhere are celebrating
  • Step 2 – If you haven’t already, explain why vegetarianism is important to you. Tell them about the benefits of meat-free diets
  • Step 3 – Tell them if they go meat free this October (no meat, fish or fowl) that they could win cash prizes
  • Step 4 – Have people fill out the pledge cards and mail them to NAVS. To be entered in the contest, pledge cards must be postmarked no later than 31 October or they can pledge online

More information about Vegetarian Awareness Month can be found here.

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