Every year on July 4, our national celebration of independence from England shares the day with an international holiday: Independence from Meat Day. This day also celebrates Jackfruit, which accentuates Independence from Meat Day, as jackfruit serves as an excellent and easy replacement for meat in many dishes (recipes below).

Independence from Meat Day encourages everyone to try going meat free for the day, enjoying the fresh produce and other delicious foods that are grown and cultivated during the summer months. It’s an opportunity to give the climate, the forests, the air and our water sources a break. It’s an opportunity to explore healthy plant based dishes, with no harm to animals.

Independence from Meat Day emanates from the Vegetarian Awareness Network/Veganet in Tennessee (Knoxville), with the goal of promoting a plant-based vegan diet, whereby the consumption of meat is abandoned

Just do it. Celebrate on July 4th by trying some recipes from these festive and filling meat free recipes  sites: https://www.planted365.com/2019/07/03/4th-of-july/ and https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/healthy/g4898/best-jackfruit-recipes-for-vegetarians/.

Be resourceful. Go online and look up easy plant based and vegan recipes. Buy a vegan or plant based cookbook. Make some new dishes. Post images and share your Independence from Meat Day celebrations on social media; use the hashtag #IndependenceFromMeatDay.

Adhere to the Independence from Meat Every Day lifestyle and LIVE the difference. Your body, the planet and the animals will all thank you.

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.– Vegetarian Leo Tolstoy

 “Animals are my friends… and I don’t eat my friends.” – Vegetarian George Bernard Shaw