Plant Power Day

Every March 7th is observed around the world as Plant Power Day. This holiday raises awareness about the benefits of plant-based diets — both to people and the environment. Although the definition of the term “plant-based” may mean different things to different people, the reality is that everyone should be eating more plants and fewer animal-based proteins.

Increasing vegetable intake lowers the risk of certain types of cancer, promotes lower body weight, and reduces the risk of death from heart disease. It also helps the environment, as growing vegetables doesn’t have the negative impacts on our air and water that raising and slaughtering animals do.

The History of Plant Power Day

People have known about the benefits of plant-based diets for thousands of years. In fact, some of the earliest evidence of a vegetarian diet dates back to 3300 B.C. in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.

Vegetarianism has also been espoused by philosophers and spiritual leaders throughout history. During the 19th century, the vegetarianism movement began to spread across Europe and the United States and was even mentioned in the poet Percy Shelley’s 1813 book, “A Vindication of Natural Diet.”

Several vegetarian organizations arose during this time, further spreading the news about the importance of following a vegetarian diet. As for the history of Plant Power Day, it was created by the European company known as Alpro in 2018.

This company specializes in plant-based products, so it’s no surprise that they would create a holiday advocating for a more plant-based diet. Even so, people around the world have found meaning in this holiday, and its popularity continues to grow year after year.

Observing Plant Power Day

The most obvious way for people to observe Plant Power Day is to adopt a plant-based diet, but we understand that some people may be reluctant to jump into this type of diet with both feet.

Besides, adopting a plant-based diet may mean different things to different people. Some may think that it’s just adding more plants to their primarily meat-based omnivorous diet, while others may interpret it as adopting a vegetarian or vegan diet.

There’s no wrong answer as to which diet is the best, so we urge people who are still on the fence about changing their diet to do their own research. They can do so with a trip to the library or by searching for the hashtag #PlantPowerDay on social media to see what other people are doing for this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 7 Thursday
Next year (2025)
March 7 Friday
Last year (2023)
March 7 Tuesday
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