As I was googling for the date of the first day of Spring this year, I found out that it was March 20 and I read all about the equinox. What I didn’t know (or didn’t remember) was that March 20 is also when National Agriculture Day is celebrated and the farmers are remembered and applauded for working so hard to bring us those delicious food items to our table every day. I really need to stop blogging about food.
Interesting tidbit before I leave the food subject, though, is the fact that one dairy cow consumes more than 35 gallons of water and 20 pounds of grain and feed in just one day. I applaud the farmers again for that expense and headache. Oh wait, I can’t leave food yet…March 20 is also when Meatout is celebrated. That started as a campaign by the Farm Animal Rights Movement in 1985 and was called the Great American Meatout. I guess the title got shortened.
The vegetarians want folks to try and do without meat for just one day and see if they can survive. I have to admit, there are many yummy choices for vegetables out there, but I cannot say with any kind of certainty that I’m going to do without meat on the Meatout day. That is, of course, unless I give meat up for Lent since March 20 also is the third Friday in Lent.
If you have forgotten, the vernal or spring equinox occurs when the center of the sun crosses the Equator and it officially begins at 7:44 a.m. eastern time on Friday, March 20, 2009.
Blog by Melissa Parker
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