Your Opinion: Observances and meatless meals

Dear Editor:

Wednesday marked the start of Lent, the 40-day period preceding Easter when Catholics and other Christians would abstain from meat and dairy products in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fast and prayer before dying on the cross. Most Catholics still observe meatless Fridays during Lent (

Today, meatless Lent brings the additional benefits of reducing chronic diseases, environmental degradation, and animal abuse. It’s a great opportunity to explore the delicious and healthful meat and dairy alternatives in our local supermarket.

Those needing additional reinforcement can look forward to March 20, the first day of spring, and the Great American Meatout. Now in its 27th year,

Meatout has grown into the world’s largest annual grassroots diet education campaign, with a thousand educational events in all 50 states and 32 countries (

Several years ago, a local Meatout information table turned me onto a healthful, nonviolent diet of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains.

Folks who don’t make it to a Meatout event can subscribe to a free colorful weekly “Meatout Mondays” e-newsletter containing a recipe, book or product review, health news, and inspirational story (

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