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 156 posts for Vegetarian News and Views

First Ever All-Veg Oktoberfest

It all seems to have started last year in the home of Oktoberfest, the Bavarian city of Munich. Last year, in recognition of the growing vegetarian community in Germany, now numbering over 7 million, vegan meat analogues were introduced to their traditional Oktoberfest event. For instance, in the Herzkasperl tent the Bachmaier family featured a … Continue reading

Losing your mind for the sake of a steak!

More and more people worry about getting Alzheimer’s disease and losing their memory. They wonder what’s the best way of preventing it? They have good reason to worry. There are currently about 5 million people in the US with Alzheimer’s, and it claims the lives of 500,000 people each year. Here in Washington there are … Continue reading

Ricky Martin – vegetarian

Ricky Martin, pop musician, actor and author, looks just as youthful and vibrant as he did when he was ‘Livin’ la Vida Loca.’ Ricky said, “I just became vegetarian about three years ago.” The father of two switched to a vegetarian diet a few years ago, and talks about how wonderful he feels as a … Continue reading

Farm Animals have their say

This story about farm animals is different from most of the others, not only because it has a happy ending, but whereas most stories about the plight of the farm animals are written by people, this story was written by the animals themselves. We’ve often admired the excellent work done by Farm Sanctuary in New … Continue reading

Suzy Amis-Cameron embraces plant-based diet

Suzy Amis-Cameron has been embracing a plant-based diet since 2012. Alongside her famous filmmaker husband James Cameron, the pair have become very vocal with their vegan advocacy, touting not only the personal health and beauty benefits, but especially the planet-positive effects. “My whole focus now, when I have extra bandwidth, is spent bringing more awareness around … Continue reading

Soil Erosion – the Quiet Crisis

There is a quiet environmental crisis brewing and it’s very serious. It’s so widespread that it affects the entire world. It’s so dangerous that the great humanitarian, the Dalai Lama, considers it a greater threat than nuclear weapons. It’s sneaking up on us, it could easily hurt more people and cause more disruption than global … Continue reading

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

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