Commit to transforming your diet into a vegetarian or vegan one.

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Join forces with us to promote vegetarian and vegan diets.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

Our movement lets you decide for how long you’ll commit to a vegetarian diet.

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FACTS

WHY NOW?
The first cases of COVI D-19 are currently linked to a wet market in Wuhan, China. At wet markets, a variety of foods including live animals and butchered meats are sold in an open-air setting for consumption. By eliminating the demand for meat and meat products, we reduce the presence of animal products at local markets around the world and potentially reduce our risk for the onset of a new epidemic.
WHY NOW?
Increased demand for livestock results in greater contact between wildlife and humans, and potentially hazardous agricultural and land usage practices. Certain animals in particular are likely sources of such pathogens.
WHY NOW?
In our increasingly globalized age, both trade and travel are happening at rates never-before seen in history. This means that once one begins, epidemics may travel with greater ease and in shorter time periods than ever before.
WHY VEGETARIAN?
Globally, 77 billion animals are raised and killed each year, 210 million killed everyday, 7 million killed every hour, and 2,443 killed every second - all with grave environmental consequences that contribute to climate change.
WHY VEGETARIAN?
Nearly 1/5 of all greenhouse gases are attributed to livestock production – more than what is generated by transportation.
WHY VEGETARIAN?
70% of crops grown are fed to livestock, which produce large amounts of waste and methane – a heat-trapping gas more than 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
WHY VEGETARIAN?
30% of the land on Earth is in some way used to raise the animals we eat, which results in land degradation, loss of biodiversity, air and water pollution, and water shortages.
WHY VEGETARIAN?
Those on well-balanced vegetarian diets can see many positive health impacts including a 25% reduced likelihood to die as a result of heart disease and a significantly reduced risk for colon cancer and type 2 diabetes.

RECIPES

Our mouthwatering Very Veggie Recipes are vegetarian versions of dishes you already know and love!

OUR VISION

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Very Veggie Movement aims to unite people around the causes of animal rights and environmental protection through shared lifestyle changes.


The Very Veggie Movement, an initiative of Tzu Chi USA, adheres to the teachings of our founder, the venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, who guides us to live in harmony with the Earth. One way we do so is through the adoption of a mindful, vegetarian diet, showing sincere love and reverence for not only Mother Earth, but all who share this magnificent planet with us.

Transform your diet into a vegetarian one as part of the Very Veggie Movement.

When we are able to humble ourselves and respect life, this demonstrates our utmost reverence and the power of our love.

Dharma Master Cheng Yen

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The Very Veggie Movement is meant for everyone of every age, ethnicity, sex, gender identity,  religion and spiritual practice everywhere. In fact, it’s already  happening around the world in cities big and small. See our map for where people are taking the pledge!

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The Very Veggie Movement, an initiative of Tzu Chi USA, upholds the teachings of our founder, the venerable Dharma Master Cheng Yen, who guides us to live in harmony with the Earth. One way we do so is through the adoption of a mindful, vegetarian diet, thus, showing sincere love and reverence for not only Mother Earth, but all who share this magnificent planet with us.

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