Mayor Patrick Cannon has proclaimed Thursday as Great American Meatout Day in Charlotte to promote a wholesome diet of veggies, fresh fruits and whole grains.
Such a diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases that debilitate and then kill 1.3 million Americans annually, Cannon said in the proclamation.
The diet also helps preserve topsoil, water, energy and other essential food production resources, the mayor said, while helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The diet helps prevent the suffering and death of 10 billion sentient animals each year in the United States, he said.
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Thursday marks the 30th anniversary of the Great American Meatout grassroots diet education campaign.
Across the state, vegans plan to host educational events and feed-ins, including in Asheville, Jacksonville and Wilmington.