Vegetarian Meetup Group of Santa Cruz Pages

The Vegetarian Meetup Group of Santa Cruz is for people who are vegetarian, reducing their meat consumption, or just want to enjoy a healthy vegetarian meal and good conversation. Our group is a friendly and fun place to meet people with a wide variety of perspectives! We've been a meetup group for more than nine years!

Who Are We?

Enjoy vegetarian food in beautiful Santa Cruz County, California! Plant-based eating here is outstanding, as we have some of the freshest year-round produce in the world! Whether you're vegetarian, reducing meat consumption, or just want to enjoy a healthy meat-free meal and conversation, please join us! Our meetups are Fun social events where you can explore your food options and choices with no pressure, honest.

Why do some people reduce or eliminate meat consumption? There are many different reasons, and there is a lot of diversity in our group as a result. See the following page for more information about the group and the variety of reasons people become vegetarian or reduce their consumption of animal products:

Why Environmentalists and Chefs Reduce Animal Product Consumption

Al Gore and Bill Clinton have both gone vegan, while the Bill Gates Foundation and other wealthy investors have invested in a pea-based egg alternative, because they don't believe that the planet can sustain our demand for animal-based foods:


Mark Bittman, renowned journalist and cookbook author, has a great Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) talk that summarizes a lot of the reasons to reduce animal product consumption, as well as why he's "Vegan Before 6:"

Another TED talk by Graham Hill, founder of, on why he's a weekday vegetarian (4 mins):

Mario Batali supports Meatless Monday, along with scores of other famous chefs and restauranteurs:



Our group participates in a variety of environmental events to help spread the word about how even small changes in what you eat can dramatically influence the environment, health, social justice, and climate change. And even save our childrens' future.

We put together a successful free summer film series at the Santa Cruz Public Libraries about the connection between what you eat and climate change, pollution, health, bees, hunger in America, human and animal welfare, and more:


Climate Change and Animal Product Consumption

Here are some ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and stop climate change, through diet:


Following is a terrific website with the latest news about climate change and solutions:


Here is their introductory video, which is a nice overview of the latest in climate change science, and describes why it's so important to reduce certain greenhouse gases now:

Cooling the Planet - Fast Acting Solutions

As a coastal community, it's also important to be aware of issues that affect our oceans. This beautifully filmed documentary examines the threat of overfishing, trawling, pollution, fish farming, and climate change (16 mins):

Our Group Philosophy

This is a moderate vegetarian group that encourages nonviolence and positive, practical action to improve the world we live in. We enjoy stimulating conversation, and at the same time we ask that everyone be respectful and courteous of others' opinions. We've been a group for more than nine years now!

If you're concerned about your "internet privacy," know that our group is private so you can feel free to post your opinions in your profile and on our message board without it appearing on the internet in searches.

Petitions for Positive Change

Sign our petition to start a Meatless Monday campaign in Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County, which benefits health, the environment, and local businesses:


Another petition to ban poison lead ammunition and illegal shooting, and foster education about sharing our home with predators, deer, and other wildlife:


What Is a Vegetarian?

A vegetarian does not eat meat or fish, but might eat eggs and dairy. Some vegetarians also avoid other products of animal origin, such as leather. How strict a vegetarian is depends on the individual. People become vegetarian for many reasons, such as health, allergies, human and animal welfare, environmental protection, or spiritual beliefs.

What Is a Vague-an?

While some people are strict vegetarians, some people are vegetarian part of the time or bend the rules occasionally. The bottom line for many of us is that reducing animal consumption is often better for our health, the planet, world hunger, and animals (especially in factory farms), so whatever you feel you can do is beneficial.

We are about nonviolence in action and communication.

Not all vegetarian groups have the same philosophies. Our group asks that everyone be respectful and courteous toward others' opinions. Criticizing how others eat or grilling them to determine if they are "vegetarian enough," isn't something we do in this group. That type of behavior in the extreme can result in removal from the group, after several warnings.

Because we have ground rules of kindness toward each other, our meetups are fun and supportive toward those who attend, no matter where you fall in the diet spectrum.

We don't advertise other groups in this group.

The organizers are members of many different fine groups who do wonderful things in the community. However, in the past, we had complaints that an animal rights group was aggressively recruiting in this group, and the way they went about it made people feel attacked and uncomfortable. Also, if we promote another group's events, sometimes people assume that we approve of everything another group does, which isn't always the case. So we ask that you don't promote other groups in this group without clearing it with the organizers first. Thank you.

No Spamming or Soliciting.

We don't allow contacting members for commercial interests or to promote groups or events. That activity can get out-of-hand pretty quickly and annoy people. Meetup already automatically advertises groups on our page, and according to the interests that people select, so there's no need for it anyway.

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Earth Day 2012 June 7, 2013 7:06 PM anonymous
350 Global Warming Handout July 1, 2013 7:16 PM anonymous
Why Do Some People Become Vegetarian? May 30, 2013 10:18 AM anonymous
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint through Diet October 21, 2009 5:21 PM anonymous
About Vegetarian Meetup Group of Santa Cruz November 28, 2013 6:37 AM anonymous

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