Touted as the “World’s Largest Grassroots Diet Education Campaign”, the Meatout represents a campaign true to its namesake. Internationally driven, it is developed to help individual consume, well, less meat.
Their purpose is simple: exposure to the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet, through grocery stores, restaurants, and catering operations.
It began in 1985, and has expanded ever since. Using the first day of Spring, March 20th, as a marker, the Meatout hosts educational events promoting the idea of a meat-free lifestyle.
According to their website, www.meatout.org, many health groups promote this campaign and have since launched their own, among them the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and the American Heart Association.
The great Meatout is organized by FARM (www.farmusa.org), a non-profit national organization that advocates a vegan diet, for the benefits animals, the environment, and personal health.
Their mantra is based on “kicking the meat habit”, which can reduce health risks to disease and pathogens, raise our energy levels and lowering our food dishes. It also frees up grains and other foods to feed hungry individuals (read more), and preserve our natural resources. And obviously, it benefits innocent animals.
Thousands of individuals join together on the 20th (or so) to partake. From festivals, filled with exhibits to information tables, to classroom ideas and public meals, to lectures, walks, and parties, the Meatout is a great way to promote a vegan diet and educate others to explore the possibilities.
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