June 17 is ‘National Eat Your Vegetables Day’

HEATHER MOORE

Norfolk, Va.

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June 17 is “National Eat Your Vegetables Day.” Of course, I’m vegan so every day is “eat your vegetables day” at my house. Eating veggies and other tasty vegan foods rather than meat, eggs, and dairy “products” helps protect the environment, stop animal suffering, and prevent life-threatening illnesses.

Researchers at the University of Oxford believe that going vegan is the “single biggest way” to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, alleviate world hunger, and conserve water and land, which would also help prevent the mass extinction of wildlife. Vegans also spare countless cows, chickens, pigs, fish, and other animals from pain and suffering, and vegans are less likely to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other diet-related diseases.

And versatile vegan foods generally cost less than animal-based foods, especially since vegans usually don’t have to shell out more money for statins, blood pressure pills, and weight loss plans.

So celebrate “National Eat Your Vegetables Day” and all of “National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month,” by enjoying pasta primavera, vegetable fajitas, hummus and veggie wraps, grilled vegetables, and other delicious veggie-based dishes.

(Heather Moore is a writer for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – PETA – Foundation.)

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