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The world-wide Meatout begins tomorrow

With the advent of such groundbreaking documentaries as Food, Inc., more than ever, we're learning about the cultural and environmental consequences of our diets -- particularly the consumption of meat. Food, Inc. was decades behind the times, though: Since 1985, people from around the planet have been trying to educate their peers about the benefits of going vegetarian (and the health and environmental dangers inherent in eating meat) via the Meatout, an annual event that takes place on March 20. (Which makes this year the 25th anniversary of the Meatout!)

Individuals in different regions, countries, states and cities put together talks, informational sessions, outreach programs and other such events to encourage people to "kick the meat habit." It's the world's largest annual grassroots diet education campaign -- and ironically, as healthy as Colorado is, this state has only two Meatout events planned: A retail outreach and public vegetarian meal on the Pearl Street Mall on Sunday, March 21, and a Durango information table and retail outreach from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow at the Natural Grocers, 123 Camino Del Rio.

If you're interested in learning more about the Meatout, visit www.meatout.org, where you can find information, resources, recipes and more.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings.

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Amber Taufen has been writing about people, places and things in Denver since 2005. She works as an editor, writer, and production and process guru out of her home office in the foothills.
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