DOLGEVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --
Vegetarians and interested individuals from around the globe will be joining the North American Vegetarian Society on October 1, 2012, for the annual celebration of World Vegetarian Day. This event was founded by the North American Vegetarian Day in 1977. It commemorates the health-supporting and life affirming benefits of vegetarianism. World Vegetarian Day is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. There are many reasons people choose a vegetarian diet. It has proven health benefits, saves animals' lives and helps to preserve the Earth.
Researchers at Harvard University say red meat can increase your risk of premature death. Eating one serving a day of unprocessed red meat (about the size of a deck of cards) was associated with a 13% increased risk in premature death; eating one serving a day of processed red meat (one hot dog or two slices of bacon) was associated with a 20% increased risk of premature death.
Cases of diabetes have reached epidemic levels, with nearly 350 million adults battling the disease worldwide. A study by he Harvard School of Public Health showed a strong connection between eating red meat and an increased risk in developing type 2 diabetes. A daily 100- gram serving (the size of a deck of cards) of unprocessed – red meat increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 19 percent. This effect is more pronounced when the meat is processed. A 50-gram serving (one hot dog or two bacon slices, for example) increased risk by 51 percent.
A reduced consumption of animal products is necessary to save the world from the worst impacts of climate change, a UN report says. They also said that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.
These are strong health and environmental reasons to consider a vegetarian diet.
To encourage non-vegetarians to give meatless eating a try, the North American Vegetarian Society has developed a prize-winning contest. Non-vegetarians who pledge to abstain from all meat, fish and fowl during Vegetarian Awareness Month (October) will be entered in a random drawing for cash prizes. The top winner will get $1000 in cash.
One winner will be chosen in each of the following three categories: One day $250 -- One week $500 -- One month $1,000.
People can enter the "Vegetarian Pledge" contest online at worldvegetarianday.org
Join us to make the world a better place and we are all winners!
- Reduce the risk of major killers such as heart disease, stroke and cancer while cutting exposure to foodborne pathogens
- Provide a viable answer to feeding the world's hungry through more efficient use of grains and other crops
- Save animals from suffering as a result of farming practices 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 climate change
SOURCE North American Vegetarian Society