Sunday, June 8, 2008

Eat vegetarian once a week

A short animation encouraging us to eat vegetarian once a week...


...Which is good, but not enough, why do I say that? We usually eat 3 times a day, assuming we live up to 80 years - that would mean 87658 meals in our lifetime.

If you eat vegetarian meal(s)(starting from age 20 and you live up to 80)...
Once a month = 720 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (<1%)
Once every fornight = 1565 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (1.7%)
Once a week = 3130 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (3.5%)
Thrice a week = 9391 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (11%)
Once a day = 21914 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (30%)
Twice a day = 43829 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (50%)
Every meal = 65743 vegetarian meals in your lifetime (75%)

If you look at the figures, it is no big deal if you eat vegetarian on the 1st and 15th of the lunar month or once a week since it only accounts for 1.7% or 3.5% of your total meals in your lifetime. That doesn't mean you shouldn't do it, like what Gandhi said, "Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it". We are but one person, a drop of ink a bucket of water, and can't have a lot of impact from what we eat. But when many people come together and play their part, the many drops of ink will change the colour of the water. You can try and increase the number of vegetarian meals to hit twice, then thrice, five times a week, once a day and so on, making your small drop ink more concentrated.

6 comments:

Edanator said...

Even if people "only" switched to veg food one day per week, that would mean A LOT more business for vegetarian restaurants and businesses. As a consequence, more veg products would appear, the number of veg eateries would increase, and the quality of veg food would improve. In such a situation, I'm sure quite a lot of people would increase their veggie days to more than one, and the positive spiral would continue.

Just dreaming...

Anonymous said...

It's not a dream...It's the truth...It's a spiral effect.
If there is nice food, we will patronise it and if a chef prepares a vegetarian dish even better than a meat dish, I believe the meat-eaters won't mind eating it & gradually that will change their opinion that only meat is tasty and will accept more vegetarian food.
Chefs and all those inventing/improving on vegetarian products & dishes, I salute to you for bringing improvements to Vegetarian food over the years. Please continue to strive on with excellence. :-)

Crystal @ Blog*Spot said...

I hope this can happened and it is workable.

I just watched Earthlings yesterday. Prior to that, I hear about 6 realms in Buddhism, being in the below 3 realms were horrible. How horrible people tell me, it is totally nothing compare to watching Earthlings, the life of the animals --- it is HELL. The other 2 lowest realms can't be viewed so easily in real life but Earthlings show the animals realm. It helps to understand the theory.

'Eat Vegetarian once a week' or 'Eat Vegetarian for a meal a day' should be campaigned amonge the Buddhist communities at least, no obligation.

Afterall, Buddhism talks about cause and effect, rebirth, compassion ...

Anonymous said...

I would think Vegetarian should be encouraged across religion, nation....Healthy lifestyle....if non-gluten...

Jackie said...

I think most families have a vegetarian meal once a week without really noticing like a pasta dish.

For people to make an effort against global warming they need to at least have 3 meatless days a week....of course from my side, hating animal factory farming, even one meat meal a week is unacceptable.

titiesel said...

I´M NOT A VEGETARIAN AND I´M NOT THINKING OF BECOMING ONE. BUT AS I REALLY CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT I´LL TAKE THIS ADVICE * * BY THE WAY THERE IS A LOT OF SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION THAT PROVES WE CAN RELIEVE CONTAMINATION PROBLEMS BY EATING LESS MEAT * * SO, I´LL HAVE VEG FOOD 3 TIMES A WEEK – THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE ! ! !

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