It seems that nowadays there’s a month or day for celebrating just about everything under the sun. Take for example, the following commemorative months, which I have not made up:
January: California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month
February: Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
March: Caffeine Awareness Month
April: Landscape Architecture Month
May: Vinegar Month
June: Accordion Awareness Month
July: Ice Cream Month
August: Audio Appreciation Month
September: Be Kind to Writers and Editors Month
October: Stamp Collecting Month
November: Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month
December: Write a Business Plan Month
I can’t quite grasp why November is more fitting to appreciate peanut butter than, say, May. Perhaps November should be Turkey Lovers’ Month. I’m not sure why I am supposed to return shopping carts in February, and shouldn’t Audio Appreciation Month be in December, when Christmas carols permeate the radio? Of course, my new favorite month is July because I now have an excuse to eat ice cream everyday.
While the list of “awareness” months is lengthy, and I doubt I will spend the month of January praising California dried plums, there is one awareness that certainly qualifies to have its own month: Vegetarianism. According to whoever makes up the rules about awareness months, October is Vegetarianism month. I eat fish occasionally, though as a student, my diet leans more towards vegetarian. I dare you, if you haven’t done so already, to eat one vegetarian meal. Maybe make it a weekly occurrence, or push yourself to spend the whole month eating meat-free. Food security is a common theme in the news lately. In fact, a great article appeared on the front page of NPR.org explaining the issue (Facing Planetary Enemy No. 1: Agriculture). One suggestion to avoid food scarcity is to eat less meat because “about 40 percent of the planet’s crops, according to this study, currently are fed to animals.” This is just one of the many reasons why people should consider eating less meat.
So as we move through the Stamp Collecting month of October, I hope we can share our stamp collections over a delicious meal free of meat.