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Emily Deschanel Joins In Defense Of Animals To Promote Vegan Diet & World Go Vegan Week, October 24 - 31

San Francisco, Calif. (October 13, 2010) - The 5th annual World Go Vegan Week, October 24 -- 31, spotlights the advantages of a vegan diet for our health, the environment, and the economy. A vegan diet is a vegetarian diet that also avoids animal by-products such as eggs and milk. In Defense of Animals (IDA) is coordinating events around the world including San Francisco, Las Vegas, Boston, New York, Canada, Ireland, Austria and Bolivia to educate the public about being vegan.

Vegan actress Emily Deschanel, the star of the hit TV series Bones, is a supporter of World Go Vegan Week, stating 'the 5th annual World Go Vegan Week is taking place this year from October 24th through 31st. This week is a celebration of compassion and a time to take action for animals, the environment and everyone's well-being. A plant-based diet not only improves your health, it significantly reduces your carbon footprint and preserves resources for future generations. So please join me in creating a healthy future and go vegan for World Go Vegan Week.'

The American Dietetic Association says vegan diets -- provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, as well as for athletes.'

A United Nations study revealed that animal agriculture causes more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire world's transportation combined. 'Livestock are one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems,' said U.N. official Dr. Henning Steinfeld, senior author of the report. 'What we put into our bags at the grocery store has more environmental impact than whether we bring a reusable shopping bag or drive a hybrid to the store,' said Hope Bohanec, Grassroots Campaigns Director for IDA.

Animal agriculture contributes to the greenhouse effect from the methane produced by cows, deforestation of the rainforest for grazing land, and the enormous consumption of fossil fuel used to operate factory farms and slaughterhouses. University of Chicago researchers found that switching to a vegan diet has greater impact on greenhouse gas reduction than switching from a standard car to a hybrid.

During World Go Vegan Week, IDA is encouraging people to become more conscious of what they eat, the effect their choices have on the world, and the non-violent, healthy alternatives. Eliminating meat from your diet is one of the most powerful and effective steps you can take to fight cruelty to animals, improve your own health, and help create a sustainable environment. Visit  for more information and free vegan recipes.

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