Today is World Vegetarian Day, as designated by the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS). It kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month, which is to take place for the entire month of October.
Studies have proven vegetarians to generally live longer, be slimmer, and have more overall energy. Who wouldn’t want those qualities added to their life? Not to mention, becoming vegetarian will help do wonders for the environment. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, chemical and animal waste runoff from factory farms results in more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams, greatly reducing water quality. Raising animals domestically for meat greatly pollutes our environment, while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, pesticides, and petroleum.
However, becoming vegetarian means making a huge commitment, a commitment that many find too challenging to make. While the benefits of vegetarianism are obvious, it’s unrealistic to think that everyone will simply stop eating meat overnight.
But what better time to experiment with taking some time off from consuming meat than Vegetarian Awareness Month? Even if it’s just for one week, going meatless can contribute to making a significant difference for the planet and your body. According to Environmental Defense, if every American were to replace one meal of chicken per week with vegetarian foods, it would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by the same amount as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S. roads. And even within as little as a few days, going meatless can almost immediately boost energy levels, quite possibly making you want to stick to a mainly meatless lifestyle.
Over the next month, consider limiting your consumption of meat, whether it be for the entire month, or eradicating it for a week or two at a time. Host a meat-free potluck and discuss your views of going meatless with your friends/family. Let October be a month of awareness for yourself, our Earth’s living creatures, and the planet itself.
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