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Letter: Ring in spring with veganism

Ring in spring with veganism

After a month of persistent and crippling snowstorms, I do look forward to spring weather, green grass and flowers in bloom.

The advent of spring also is a great opportunity to turn over a new leaf in our dietary habits. In fact, hundreds of communities welcome spring Friday with an observance of the Great American Meatout. Visitors are asked to go vegan, at least for the day, and to explore a healthy diet of vegetables, fresh fruits, legumes and grains.

This year’s 30th anniversary celebration of Meatout is particularly significant because of the massive shift in America¹s eating habits. “Meatless Monday” has been making huge advances in public schools, universities, institutional cafeterias and restaurants. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends reduced meat consumption. Stock market analysts are warning clients about potential “death of meat.”

Almost 50 percent of the respondents in a special GlobalMeatNews poll said they have actively reduced their meat consumption. Accordingly, per-capita U.S. meat consumption has dropped by more than 10 percent since 2005.

Each of us can celebrate our own advent of spring Friday by checking out vegan foods in our local supermarkets and vegan recipes on the Internet.

Andrew Torelli

Aspen


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