Tuesday, May 20, 2008 | 06:11 AM ET
by Jessica Wong, CBCNews.ca
Hundreds of vegetarians, vegans and their supporters took to the streets of Manhattan on Sunday to raise awareness of and promote the vegetarian diet.
Dubbed Veggie Pride, the event was based on a similar event that takes place in Paris each May and included a parade of participants marching along in a variety of costumes as well as a faux wedding ceremony in Washington Square Park between a "seven-foot-tall pea pod and an outsize carrot," according to the New York Times.
I've always been a meat-eater — a few of my favourite things to eat include prime rib, Peking duck, BBQ pork buns and raw oysters. Nevertheless, a variety of issues are increasingly causing me some dietary concerns: from trying to find ethical seafood and local, organic meat to general worries about livestock diseases.
While it's difficult for me to imagine a life completely free from meat, I'm making an effort by trying to eat vegetarian more often (environmental guru David Suzuki suggests aiming for one day a week). What helps is the increasing number of great cookbooks and web resources that home cooks can refer to.
Still, with estimates that only about four per cent of Canadians describing themselves as vegetarian, I wonder how soon we'll see a Veggie Pride parade on Canadian soil?
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Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
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Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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