Founded in 1974, the American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) is a non-profit, tax-exempt educational organization. Our approach is twofold. The first is to provide a support network for our members, affiliated groups and vegetarians in general. The second is to educate the public about how vegetarianism benefits humans, other animals and our shared land. We achieve these goals in many ways, including our quarterly magazine, by developing and distributing other publications, organizing conferences, counseling the media and helping people with questions. Here is a brief summary of our programs and activities:
Since 1975, NAVS has been organizing and sponsoring annual educational conferences (including three global events). Our Vegetarian Summerfest lectures are open to anyone interested in learning more about vegetarianism. This national event attracts five to six hundred people of all ages. The many aspects of healthy and compassionate vegetarian life are addressed in conferences, courses and food events. This event includes dozens of senior officials, including doctors, dietitians, leaders, writers and social activists. They serve delicious vegetarian vegan meals. There are many fun social activities. Special sessions are organized for children and young people. For more information, visit our vegetarian Summerfest.
World Vegetarian Day
The World Vegetarian Day was created as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life chances of vegetarianism. The day was created by the American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and approved by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. October 1 is the official date but if necessary, people can schedule their event on a near date in their place.
NAVS members receive “Vegetarian Voice” our quarterly magazine that examines in depth a wide variety of essential aspects of health, nutrition, environment, animal welfare and consumers. In addition, each issue of the journal features healthy recipes from talented cooks and seasoned chefs and cookbook authors. Each edition reviews books and other products of interest to this special audience.Join NAVS now and you will receive our 40-letter recipe set. This popular collection features favorite recipes from seven popular cookbook authors.
NAVS offers assistance and special benefits to our 145 independent affiliated groups. We help new groups start – and help them to continue – with consulting services, free, low-cost publications, reference services and workshops at our annual conferences. NAVS has also set up a local contact program, people acting as sources of information in areas of the country where there are no local vegetarian groups.