Early this fall, I had an idea: What if every vegan and vegetarian challenged two friends to eat a plant-based diet for a week? It would be a fun way to take people outside of their comfort zones and allow them to learn about and experience why people eat veg. And each participant would have their own vegetarian friend as a guide for moral support and cooking tips. I began brainstorming on how I could create a grassroots movement called Veg Week, which would be a celebration of vegan and vegetarian eating.
A few days later, I had a reality check and realized that there were probably already groups working on something like this. And so I discovered Compassion Over Killing and their annual US Veg Week. I began pro-bono consulting for the group and Yair and I spent a day volunteering at the first annual Texas VegFest last month.
Free goodies, cooking demonstrations, live music, meditation, yummy food and interesting speakers. If you’ve ever thought about trying vegetarianism or veganism out, this is a great week to try it.
And don’t forget to check if there is a Veg Week event happening near you or see if you want to start one in your own community. Happy Veg Week 2012 everyone!
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