Maryland lawmakers go veg for one week | 04/24/10

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Several Maryland lawmakers will signed a pledge today to give up meat for a week to promote the environment and a healthier way of life.

The 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. event at the Takoma Park Presbyterian Church was open to everyone and kicked off Maryland VegWeek, which runs from Saturday to April 30. Maryland VegWeek is an annual event sponsored by animal rights group Compassion Over Killing.

"Every time we choose vegetarian foods, we're helping build a kinder, cleaner, and healthier world," said Compassion Over Killing Executive Director Erica Meier. "And Maryland VegWeek highlights these benefits as well as the increasing availability of meat-free foods in restaurants and grocery stores in and around Maryland."

Special guests at Saturday's Maryland VegWeek Kick-Off Party include U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.); state Sens. Jamie Raskin (D-20) and David Harrington (D-47); state Delegates Tom Hucker (D-20) and Jim Gilchrist; and Montgomery County Council Vice President Valerie Ervin. They will pledge to go vegetarian for VegWeek.

Environmentalists say one of the biggest things you can do to help the planet is stop eating meat,  or at least cut down your consumption.

The production of one calorie of animal protein requires more than 10 times the fossil fuel as required  to produce the same calorie from a plant, according to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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