Today is the beginning of US VegWeek, when folks are encouraged “to explore the many benefits of vegetarian eating by taking the 7-Day VegPledge.”

“Be healthy, save the environment, protect farmed animals, and eat a ton of tasty food!” says a press release.

Tulsi Gabbard, the U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, is among those taking the pledge.

“As a lifelong vegetarian, I am proud to support US VegWeek and encourage others to take the 7-Day VegPledge,” says Gabbard in a press releases from VegWeek. “Centering your diet around plant-based foods also has a positive impact on our environment and improving public health.”

Others touting the benefits of meat-free meals include former President Bill Clinton, U.S. Senator Cory Booker and Ellen DeGeneres.

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