World Vegetarian Day History
World Vegetarian Day seeks to bring awareness to the health benefits of living a vegetarian lifestyle. Educational programs which highlight environmental issues and ecological projects, as well as campaigns for the humane treatment of animals occur around this day. World Vegetarian Day, an informal holiday created by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, is celebrated annually on October 1st.
World Vegetarian Day Facts
- A low-fat vegetarian diet is the most effective way to improve or prevent coronary artery disease.
- According to the US Department of Agriculture, plants produce more than 10 times the amount of protein than can be produced per acre by animals.
- According to the US Department of Agriculture, humans consume more than 80 billion animals yearly.
- A meat-eating person who lives to the age of 75, will typically consume parts of over 15,000 animals.
- It takes 150 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of wheat. To produce 1 pound of meat, more than 4,000 gallons of water are needed.
World Vegetarian Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Go meatless for a day. Try making homemade versions of your meat dishes without the meat. Try veggie pizzas, meatless meatballs or black bean burgers.
- Host a vegetarian potluck and have everyone contribute a vegetarian menu item.
- Pledge to eat more fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals required for our bodies to perform their daily functions.
- Attend a vegetarian festival. The Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Thailand is well-known for its original display of ceremonies, such as fire-walking and piercings to invoke the gods.
- Learn more about the environmental and ecological impacts becoming a vegetarian can have. Some impacts include reducing global warming, saving water, avoiding water pollution and ensuring environmental stability.