October has apparently turned into "food month" commemorations, beginning with World Vegetarian Day and World Day for Farm Animals on Oct. 1-2. National School Lunch Week is Oct. 14-18. World Food Day is Oct. 16.
World Day for Farm Animals (www.WFAD.org), on Oct. 20 celebrates the lives, exposes the abuses, and memorializes the slaughter of billions of sentient animals raised for food.
A recent Harvard study confirmed that meat consumption raises mortality from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Animal agriculture accounts for more water pollution than all other human activities. A 2011 United Nations report recommends eating less meat to reduce greenhouse gases.
The good news is that meat consumption has been dropping by nearly 4 percent annually. Enter "live vegan" in a search engine to learn useful transition tips.