Vegetarians of Washington

Vegetarians of Washington is a large non-profit vegetarian society based in Seattle, WA. We encourage people to discover the advantages and experience the pleasures of vegetarian food. We welcome everyone, whether you're an experienced vegetarian, a beginner or just curious. You don't have to be a vegetarian to join our organization, or to follow our blog! We run the largest vegetarian food festival in the country, Seattle's Vegfest, held in the Seattle Center in March each year. We also host monthly dining events and give free nutrition and cooking classes. We've written four nationally published books, including our latest book "Say No to Meat" which gives the information and real-world advice that new vegetarians need the most, in an easy question-and-answer style. Our other books are the fact-filled "The Vegetarian Solution", a wide range of delicious recipes in "The Veg-Feasting Cookbook", and our guidebook to vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants in Washington and Oregon, "Vegetarian Pacific Northwest". All our books are available in local bookstores, and via our website or Amazon.com.
Vegetarians of Washington has written 150 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

Food for 3 Billion More!

A new landmark study by researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment looks into how to feed another 3 billion people, the expected increase in global population before it levels out. The food necessary for the extra 3 billion is “the diet gap” facing humanity.  As their report says, “Sustainably feeding people … Continue reading

More Countries Ban Foie Gras – the indelicate delicacy!

We are happy to report that India has just joined the growing honor roll of countries which have banned foie gras, or swollen goose, and sometimes duck, liver. The initiative for the ban got started in 2012 by animal welfare organizations complaining to their government, and documenting the awful conditions that geese and ducks endure … Continue reading

Cardiologist: Put us out of business, by going vegan!

Dr Kim Williams, the president of the American College of Cardiology, recently proclaimed that cardiologists can put themselves out of business if they just tell their patients to go vegan. He asks “Wouldn’t it be a laudable goal of the American College of Cardiology to put ourselves out of business?” Following the old dictum “physician … Continue reading

Fish have feelings too!

While many people accept the fact that farm animals such as cows can suffer and feel pain, they don’t seem to understand that the same is true of fish. The Veterinary Merck Manual, perhaps the most standard reference in animal science and veterinary practice, states, “Based on what is known to date, all vertebrates, and … Continue reading

Real Men Eat Plants – Lots of Them!

A vegetarian diet offers a big health advantage for men. Not only does it help prevent, and even reverse, common diseases that both men and women get, such as heart disease and diabetes, it also offers specific advantages for men’s health. Some men wonder if a vegetarian diet will affect their testosterone levels. Worry no more! … Continue reading

Kid Celebs go Vegan

Celebrities taking vegan pledges has become a part of Hollywood culture, and now Tinseltown’s tiny ones are next in line to take on veganism. Several Hollywood kids have taken the two-week vegan challenge and loved it. Kid rapper Lela Brown, who was a contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” has also signed up. “I decided to … Continue reading

Nuts are good for you!

Good news for nut lovers: Nuts do more than add texture and flavor to meatless meals such as salads, veggie burgers, and pilafs—they also add nutrients. Nuts have protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They also have excellent array of phytonutrients and some are very high in omega 3 essential fatty acids. Nuts have been shown … Continue reading

Senate against Horsemeat

Good News! The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a provision that would prevent any efforts to resume the slaughtering of horses for human consumption on U.S. soil. The bipartisan amendment to the agriculture appropriations bill, offered by Senators Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and approved by the committee 18-12, disallows … Continue reading

Garibaldi was a vegetarian!

Giuseppe Garibaldi was an Italian general and politician who played a large role in the history of Italy. He was the foremost military figure and popular hero of the age of Italian unification and is considered one of Italy’s “fathers of the fatherland”. Now, not everyone knows it as it’s been left out of most … Continue reading

Breast Cancer and Cholesterol – Good News for Vegetarians!

Doctors have recently found an important clue to solving the problem of preventing and reversing breast cancer. For years they noticed that women taking statin drugs lowered their risk of breast cancer as well, but they didn’t know why. But now the answer has been found, and another advantage that vegetarians have, in lowering their … Continue reading

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