US VegWeek

US VegWeek Success: Thousands Go Meat-Free for a Week!

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Vegan Baking Our fifth annual US VegWeek wrapped up on Sunday, and it was a resounding success!

The weeklong celebration highlighting the many benefits and flavors of vegetarian eating included more than 3,500 people from coast to coast taking our 7-Day VegPledge, 140 restaurant specials offered in 21 states, 150 events held in 33 states, and more media coverage than ever before.


US VegWeek Puts Meat-Free Eating on the Political Map

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VegWeekThere are 52 weeks in a year. Why not make at least one of them meat-free? That’s the idea that inspired COK to launch our US VegWeek campaign in 2009 – it’s an idea that was shared with us by Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin.

Sen. Raskin was the first lawmaker to sign our 7-Day VegPledge, proudly noting that his participation helps “align my morals with my menu.” His continued support has helped the campaign grow each year, empowering countless other lawmakers and thousands of consumers from coast to coast to make kinder, greener, and healthier food choices.

Earth Day

US VegWeek 2013 Kicks Off Today – Earth Day!

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Today marks the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a day intended to encourage individuals to take meaningful actions in their everyday lives that, collectively, contribute to preserving the planet. But in the words of late Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson who founded Earth Day, “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all other living creatures.”

John Salley

NBA Star John Salley Kicks off US VegWeek Events

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John Salleyt The fifth annual US VegWeek kicks off in less than 2 weeks! This nationwide event, which begins on Earth Day (April 22), offers a fun and supportive way to explore the many flavors and benefits of vegetarian eating.

Thousands of people–including scores of lawmakers–have already agreed to take our 7-day pledge, and it’s not too to sign up! Are you up the for challenge?

VegWeek 2013

Mark Your Calendar: US VegWeek 2013 Kicks Off April 22!

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US VegWeekThere are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free?

Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. While last year’s event was a huge success that changed many hearts and minds, this year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!

Join the thousands of people nationwide—including elected officials and community leaders—by pledging to choose vegetarian foods for at least seven days.

VegWeek Feedback: Changing Minds and Saving Lives

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Last week, we told you about how VegWeek 2012 (April 23-29) was a tremendous success: there were more VegPledge
sign-ups, restaurant specials, events, and media coverage than ever before!

Well, the good news doesn’t stop there. Although VegWeek may be over, we continue to receive inspiring feedback from hundreds of VegPledgers about how VegWeek gave them the jumpstart needed to keep standing up for animals, the planet, and their health every time they sit down to eat!

Here are a few stories we want to share: 

Our Forks: A Four-Pronged Approach to Protect the Planet

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For over 40 years, Earth Day—celebrated on April 22—has been inspiring people everywhere to take steps to help the environment. Did you know that perhaps the single most important action each of us can take to protect the planet is simply to choose meat-free foods?

Animal agriculture is considered one of the leading causes of pollution and resource depletion today. According to the United Nations, raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, cows and other animals for food contributes nearly one-fifth (18%) of all global human-induced greenhouse gas emissions.