Ethical Eating means...

a lot of things, but at Tzu Chi, it means choosing a vegetarian diet and locally produced food because such personal choices prevent global warming and combat climate change.

Change starts with us and it can start one day at a time.

 Pledge to be vegetarian and locavore for a day on January 11, 2019.

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Videos: Eating Local & Vegetarian

Learn more about eating local and vegetarian through our series of videos:

Ethical Eating PSA
Monk's Meats
Magic Mix Juicery
Seasoned Vegan
The Squeeze
Square Roots
Monk's Meats - Seitan

Why Vegetarian?

Eating plants promotes health, and the more of them you eat, the less you’ll eat of other foods that are not good for you.

  • Globally, 56 billion animals are raised and killed each year, with grave environmental consequences that contribute to climate change.
  • Nearly 1/5 of all greenhouse gases are attributed to livestock production – more than what is generated by transportation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Going plant-based is not only nutritionally sufficient, but also may reduce the risk of many illnesses.

Why Local?

When considering the choice of eating locally grown versus industrially produced foods, here are some facts to consider:

  • The US Geological Survey shows that industrial livestock farms are a significant factor behind poor water quality.
  • Both workers of industrial livestock farms, as well as residents living  in the vicinity of an industrial livestock farm, experience higher levels of respiratory problems.
  • The food on one’s plate travels, on average, a distance of 1,500 miles. Locally grown food tastes better than food grown at a distance, as it is generally safer and fresher.
  • Knowing the producers enables us to assess the quality of food, and having multiple small food producers limits the extent of harmful substances that may make it into the food system.
  • Industrial livestock farms create very few jobs; and, in fact, drastically reduce jobs when they replace family farms, causing individual farmers in the US to suffer.

More Ways to Participate

There’s more you can do to participate in Ethical Eating Day besides simply taking the pledge. Help spread the word about this important movement via social media. And please join us at a local event near you.

“Picture the Change” Photo Challenge

 Show us how you’ll make a difference this year and hinder the progression of climate change. Share your #EthicalEatingDay photo - circulate the joy to your family and friends!

Attend a Local Event

Tzu Chi USA’s nine chapters across the country will host special events on Ethical Eating Day. Find out what’s happening in your area, and join our fun and informative community events!


Our Partners

Every Choice Matters

Ethical Eating Day is just the beginning. Our choices as individuals add up and have global impact. Let's adopt an Earth-Friendly lifestyle, and change the world.


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