Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pledge to go veg during October and win $$$

Reduce, reuse, recycle -- and go vegetarian.

Adopting a vegetarian diet is one of the most sustainable things you can do for the planet.

There are many other great reasons to do it too. Vegetarianism is a political, feminist, and humane issue.

We have the opportunity to make a statement, take a stand, and make a difference every time we eat.

Although it doesn't get the as much press coverage and promotion as other causes, October is Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Why not give it a try and pledge to go veg for a day -- or even a week? Even just reducing the amount of meat you eat can make a difference and might win you some money.

The North American Vegetarian Society is offering non-vegetarians a chance to win $250 when they pledge to go meatless for one day, or $500 when they pledge to go meatless for one week during the month of October.

There's still plenty of time to pledge on-line at

According to NAVS, every meatless meal can ...

>Reduce the risk of killers such as heart disease, strokes, and cancers 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.

Going veg doesn't mean eating only lettuce and carrots.

Start with simple substitutions like a veggie burger instead of a hamburger, or a soy dog instead of a hot dog. Drink soy milk instead of cow's milk, or try soy yogurt.

Check out vegetarian-friendly restaurants such as Subway (veggie or veggie patty sub,) Noodles & Company, or P.F. Chang's. You can order a veggie pizza too.

You don't have to do it perfectly -- but every little bit helps.

And nobody gets killed!

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