Monday, April 1, 2013

Observing Cesar Chavez Day at Home

Today is Cesar Chavez Day, an official state holiday in U.S. states of California, Colorado and Texas, for us to honor Cesar Chavez's life and work through community service. Cesar Chavez, although best known for his work with farm workers unions, is also known for his veganism and feelings about animal rights.

Here are some of my ideas for commemorating Cesar Chavez Day:
  • Go vegetarian or vegan for the day
  • Grow a vegetable garden (or a vegetable plant!)
  • Start a compost
  • Join a food co-op or go to a farmers market
“I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.”
― César Chávez
Cesar Chavez also protested the use of pesticides on grapes in 1984 and in 1988 he fasted for 36 days to protest pesticide use. We are so lucky and I am so grateful there was someone like Chavez who took kit upon himself to expose and fight companies who were poisoning the food we were eating in the 80's. Unfortunately, 30 years later, we are still battling the same battles, after his death!

Start visiting your local farmers market and by pesticide free produce, this week, for a win!
For Cesar Chavez Day, I am going to work in my garden. The best thing we can all do for our planet and ourselves, in addition to becoming vegans, is to grow an organic garden for your family, using composting, hand weeding, and water conservation methods. I already buy much of my food USDA Organic and organically grown local produce, but I am going to grow of my own this year, in honor of Cesar Chavez. Hopefully I will do better than I did last year!

César Chávez: “The Basis for Peace Is Respecting All Creatures”

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