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Veg Fest shines bushel of light on benefits of a meat-free diet - Metro US

Veg Fest shines bushel of light on benefits of a meat-free diet

A man dressed as a carrot was hard to miss as he directed people to Veg Fest 2010, a celebration of vegetarian and vegan living, at the Glebe Community Centre yesterday.

Pamela Eadie, president of the National Capital Vegetarian Association, said the attention-getting costumes made to promote the free event weren’t just for fun, but also to illustrate the benefits of a meat-free diet.

“The carrot costume represents the health reasons for adopting a plant-based diet, the cow costume represents the animal (welfare) reasons for adopting it, and the Earth costume represents the many environmental reasons,” she said.

The second annual event featured 30 local vegetarian and vegan-oriented businesses, all manner of meat-free delights and guest speakers including Farm Sanctuary founder Gene Baur, Dr. Michael Greger, a public health and vegetarian nutrition expert, and local food advocate Jae Steele, author of an award-winning vegan cookbook.

The event encouraged people to “come and try the food and see what products and services are available,” Eadie said.

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