World Vegetarian Day
01 October 2018
By Hayley Carmichael
1st October is World Vegetarian Day. Celebrate with a meat free feast!
What is World Vegetarian Day?
Since 1977 the World has celebrated World Vegetarian Day, which was founded by the North American Vegetarian Society.
It is a day to encourage everyone to try a #meatfree meal.
The aim to to show people how easy it is to cut meat from your diet and still enjoy eating something delicious and nutritious.
Why is a vegetarian diet so important?
You can embrace a more vegetarian diet without committing to no meat at all. But if we all ate less meat the world would be better for it.
Improve your long term health
Meat, especially red meat and processed meat, is not that great for your health in large quantities. The NHS has some great guidance on how much you should be eating, and what sorts of meat are better for you, such as chicken.
Eating less meat can reduce the risk of heart disease, obesity and cardiovascular disease.
Reduce your impact on the environment
Meat production is also one of the biggest contributors to CO2 in our atmosphere, and therefore is part of the problem of climate change. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has calculated that the meat industry alone accounts for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Meat production also uses up a lot of land, to grow feed for the animals, which is land that could produce food for human consumption instead. Growing food crops enables us to feed more people than growing feed for cattle.
A vegetarian diet can be much easier on your wallet that a meat based diet. Try cutting the amount you buy and use what you save to indulge elsewhere – you could even save up for a meal out!
So a bit less meat eating across the world can go a long way to making a better world for us to share.
Some #meatfree inspiration
If going meat free feels a bit daunting we’ve got three recipes that anyone can cook and that all taste amazing…
A classic Margherita Pizza is easy to make and delicious to eat. Try this Gino D’Campo recipe and make enough to share with friends and family.
Try this cherry tomato and chilli pasta sauce with a packet of your favourite pasta (ours is linguine) for a cheap and tasty weekday supper.
For something more luxurious, the mushroom is hard to beat. This mushroom stroganoff is indulgent and will please any meat eater on a cool autumn evening, served with fluffy rice, mash or noodles.