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Veggiedag at Ghent

May 14, 2009

The Belgian city of Ghent is about to become the first in the world to go vegetarian at least once a week.

Starting this week there will be a regular weekly meatless day, in which civil servants and elected councillors will opt for vegetarian meals.

Ghent means to recognise the impact of livestock on the environment.

Read the full story here.

Funny. I thought an Asian city would be the first to adopt veggie day, seeing how vegetarianism is no stranger to some of our age-old traditions.

But… intention sets actions apart. If we adopt veggie day, will it be because that’s what our ancestors used to do, who cares about the reason? Or would it be out of our concern on how livestock farming and excessive meat consumption us affects us?

I think I know the answer.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 14, 2009 12:30 pm

    This side of the globe, vegetarianism is more religious based or a concern for health (meaning, self) or poverty, while it appears the Belgians are more concerned with the environment after centuries of being mainly meat eaters, they suddenly realized things need to be balanced up.

    My not-so-humble opinion…. πŸ™‚

    Concern for self over concern for community?

  2. May 14, 2009 2:53 pm

    Vege is nice πŸ˜€ jz had nasi lemak + fried chicken and now i’m feeling very unhealthy. Too bad we don’t have vege stall inside KLCC.

    Easy. Just pick non-meat dishes with your rice. πŸ™‚

  3. May 14, 2009 8:48 pm

    I tried go vege for one day. The following next day, I am able to wake up early yet very alert. Tested a few times, same result. Have you ever tried? Test one time and find out if you ever get the same result as I am or not.

    Actually I’m mostly vegetarian myself (still don’t have the heart to turn down my mom’s cooking) so its normal to me. What is abnormal is when I eat meat. I get all heaty.

  4. May 14, 2009 10:57 pm

    Wow, that’s a good news to hear that the Belgian city of Ghent is about to go vegetarian at least once a week.
    bravo!

    Yes lets see if other cities around the world would follow suit.

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