13th Annual World Vegetarian Day Fair 2007, October 6th
The 13th annual World Vegetarian Day Fair will be held on October 6th from 11am - 5pm at the Cultivate Centre in Temple BarIn 1994 we held our first 'world vegetarian day fair' to celebrate all things vegetarian in our country. The event ran annually until last year (2006) when exhorbitant insurance put a halt to proceedings. We are back in action now and are returning with our fair at a city centre venue - Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 - on Saturday October 6, 2007.
As in previous years, the fair will feature talks on topics such eating a healthy vegetarian diet, animal welfare and how being vegetarian helps protect our planet. There will be information stands on vegetarianism and other related issues as well as raffles and entertainment throughout the day. Delicious vegetarian food will be served by the vegetarian restaurants Café Fresh, Govindas, Veggie Planet and The Happy Pear.
Fair from 11am - 5pm. Admission: FREE - Donations greatly appreciated.
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WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY 2007
TO BE HELD IN CULTIVATE, TEMPLE BAR, ON SATURDAY 06 OCTOBER
The biggest event in the vegetarian calendar in Ireland is the World Vegetarian Day Annual Fair, which this year takes place in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar.
An estimated 1500 - 2000 visitors will converge on the premises of Cultivate on Essex Street West on Saturday 06 October between the hours of 11am and 5pm to enjoy what has become since its first outing, in 1994 in The Mansion House, THE PLACE TO BE for anyone interested in tasting the very best of vegetarian food in Ireland.
Visitors will be treated to a wide variety of delicious and healthy food served by some of the top vegetarian restaurants in Ireland.
will be cookery demonstrations on how to make tasty and tempting
diverse range of stalls
will give visitors information on issues such as eating a nutritious
and healthy vegetarian diet and the diverse and serious problems
caused by farming animals for food.
informative talks throughout the day on issues such as healthy
eating, animal rights and how adopting a vegetarian diet can help to
protect our environment and our planet.
A vegetarian diet is good for your health: FACT.
One would be hard pressed to find a health practitioner NOT advocating a diet low in fat and high in fibre, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. That is because it is widely accepted by health professionals that just such a diet is far more preferable than a meat-based diet. A growing body of evidence confirms this fact. According to the highly respected American Dietetic Association, “vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals. Vegetarians have been reported to have lower body mass indices than nonvegetarians, as well as lower rates of death from ischemic heart disease; vegetarians also show lower blood cholesterol levels; lower blood pressure; and lower rates of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and prostate and colon cancer.”
The World Health Organisation as far back as 1990 recommended a reduced intake of fat and increased consumption of complex carbohydrates, as well as increased consumption of fruit, vegetables, cereals and pulses.
The British Medical Association in a 1986 report stated that “vegetarians have lower rates of obesity, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, large bowel disorders, cancers and gallstones. Cholesterol levels tend to be lower in vegetarians”.
A vegetarian diet is good news for farm animals: FACT.
The majority of people who become vegetarian make their decision on the basis of animal rights and animal welfare. Modern farming methods ride roughshod over even the feeblest notion of appropriate rights for animals. In these large-scale, intensive animal production systems, animals live lives of unimaginable misery, confined indoors in gigantic windowless sheds, crowded on top of each other, with the minimum attention paid to the welfare of the animal beyond getting it fattened up and disease-free and ready for slaughter. If farm animals could talk, it would be fair to assume they would try to persuade us not to eat them. And if the majority of farm animals in the world could exercise their basic rights, they would stage a mass walk-out from every factory farm across the globe.
A vegetarian diet reduces your carbon footprint: FACT.
Less well known is the fact that large-scale farm animal production is extremely damaging to the environment. The major polluting agents are animal wastes, antibiotics and hormones, chemicals from tanneries, fertilisers and the pesticides used to spray feed crops. Widespread overgrazing disturbs water cycles, reducing replenishment of above and below ground water sources.
Farm animals account for 37% of all human-induced methane (23 times as warming as C02), which is largely produced by the digestive system of ruminants. Livestock now use 30% of the earth’s entire land surface, mostly permanent pasture but also including 33% of the global arable land used to produce feed for livestock. In Latin America, about 70% of former rain forests in the Amazon have been turned over to grazing.
According to a report published by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in November 2006, the livestock sector generates 18% more greenhouse emissions as measured in C02 equivalent than transport.
And all this when global meat production is projected to more than double from 229 million tonnes in 1999/2001 to 465 million tonnes in 2050, while milk output is set to climb from 580 to 1043 million tonnes.
If ever there was a time to become vegetarian, NOW IS THE TIME!
“World Vegetarian Day 2007 is a celebration of the diversity of a vegetarian diet and a timely reminder that the western world’s dependence on a meat-rich diet is bad for the individual and is potentially catastrophic for the future of the planet on which we live,” says Ita West, VSI (Vegetarian Society of Ireland) member and spokesperson for World Vegetarian Day 2007.
For more information visit www.vegetarian.ie
or phone 087-6397557 or 087-6570752
14 SEPTEMBER 2007