SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the return of spring, VINE Sanctuary invites the public to celebrate all things green at our quarterly vegan potluck from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 21 Fairgrounds Road in Springfield, Vt.
Because the easiest way to “go green” for the planet is to adopt a plant-based diet, we’ll be giving out door prizes to anyone who wears green to this free event. Why do we say that going green must include eating a plant-based diet? Consider just one fact: 20 vegetarians can dine well on the resources consumed by one meat-eater.
Here are some examples of the impact of animal farming on our environment:
- Climate – According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than any other industry – including transport.
- Land – Soybeans yield 356 pounds of protein per acre, rice 260, legumes 192, and wheat 138. In contrast, dairy yields only 82 pounds of protein per acre, eggs 76, and beef only 20.
- Water – It takes an average of 2,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of meat, compared with 25 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat.
Eating green doesn’t just help the planet; it also has great health benefits for ourselves. Eating more fruits and vegetables lessens the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And of course, everyone knows we need to eat our greens! Dark, leafy greens are often referred to as super foods because of their great nutritional and health benefits. They are rich in vitamins A, C, E, and K and contain high levels of fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.
We are excited to see what green themed dishes people bring to the potluck. Everyone in the community is welcome to attend, and all are invited to bring a vegan dish to share. If that’s not possible, VINE’s potlucks always have plenty of wonderful food so please come even if you don’t have a dish to share. The only requirement is that any food brought to the event be vegan, which means free from all animal products such as meat, dairy, or eggs.