Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet. -Albert Einstein
Most people come to discover vegetarianism for 3 reasons: Nutritional, Ethical or Environmental.
We want everyone to feel welcome whether you just want to learn more or you are an experienced vegetarian vegan.
Vegetarian diets are more healthful than the average American diet, particularly in preventing, treating or reversing heart disease and reducing the risk of cancer. A low-fat vegetarian diet is the single most effective way to stop the progression of coronary artery disease or prevent it entirely. If you switch from the standard American diet to a vegetarian diet, you can add about 13 healthy years to your life, says Michael F. Roizen, MD, author of The RealAge Diet: Make Yourself Younger with What You Eat. “People who consume saturated, four-legged fat have a shorter life span and more disability at the end of their lives. Animal products clog your arteries, zap your energy and slow down your immune system. Meat eaters also experience accelerated cognitive dysfunction at a younger age.”
It's Kind and Compassionate to go Veg! And you’ll spare animals lives. "Many vegetarians give up meat because of their concern for animals. Ten billion animals are slaughtered for human consumption each year. And, unlike the farms of yesteryear where animals roamed freely, today most animals are factory farmed—crammed into cages where they can barely move and fed a diet tainted with pesticides and antibiotics. These animals spend their entire lives in crates or stalls so small that they can’t even turn around. Farmed animals are not protected from cruelty under the law—in fact, the majority of state anti-cruelty laws specifically exempt farm animals from basic humane protection."
Eating Meat Is Bad for the Environment. A recent United Nations report entitled Livestock's Long Shadow concludes that eating meat is "one of the ... most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global." In just one example, eating meat causes almost 40 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, and planes in the world combined. The report concludes that the meat industry "should be a major policy focus when dealing with problems of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortage and water pollution, and loss of biodiversity."
Vegetarian times website and Alternet
POLICY REGARDING RSVPs
RSVP "YES" only when you are sure you will be able to attend the event.
Only need to RSVP "NO" if you have a comment you would like others to know about. Other than that no need to RSVP "NO".
RSVP WAIT LIST:
If all spots are taken you can ask to be placed on the "WAIT LIST". If the spots become available your those on the "WAIT LIST" (first come first serve) their RSVP will then be changed to "YES".
A "NO SHOW" is someone that signs up "YES" without showing up. The Meetup website keeps track of total "NO SHOWS". It as well keeps track of total of "NO SHOWS" for your individual profile. Our policy is after 3 "NO SHOWS" you will be removed from the group entirely. This mirrors the policy of many other Meetup groups.
Please be kind and considerate with your RSVP