Purposes & Programs

Founded in 1974, the North American Vegetarian Society (NAVS) is a non-profit tax-exempt educational organization. Our focus is two-pronged. The first is to provide a support network for our members, and vegetarians in general. The second is to inform the public about how vegetarianism benefits humans, other animals and our shared earth. We accomplish these goals through many means, including our bi-annual magazine, developing and distributing other publications, hosting conferences, advising the media and assisting individuals with inquiries. Below is a synopsis of our programs and activities:

Vegetarian Summerfest

Since 1975, NAVS has organized and sponsored annual educational conferences (including three world events.) Our Vegetarian Summerfest conferences are open to anyone interested in learning more about vegetarianism. This national event attracts over seven hundred people of all ages. The many aspects of healthy and compassionate vegetarian living are addressed through lectures, classes and food demonstrations. This event features over 60 speakers including doctors, dieticians, chefs, authors and social activists. Delicious natural-food vegan meals are served. There are many fun filled social activities. Special sessions are conducted for children and youth.

World Vegetarian Day

World Vegetarian Day was established as an annual celebration to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism. The day was originated by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978. October 1st is the official date, however if necessary, individuals may schedule their event on a nearby date instead.

WVD is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. We established WVD to inform the public that vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.


When you become a member of the North American Vegetarian Society, you’ll receive a subscription to our bi-annual magazine, which will bring you the details of pertinent medical and nutrition studies. Vegetarian Voice also explores compelling consumer, environmental and animal rights issues. Plus delicious vegan recipes are always featured.

Members have access to NAVS’ exclusive member video site. Videos cover health, nutrition, animal rights, lifestyle and more. The majority of our videos are not available elsewhere.

Members also receive a 10% discount on all NAVS merchandise and a discount on the Vegetarian Summerfest Conference.

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Benefits: Vegetarian Voice Magazine,  Member  Only Video Gallery and Recipe Card Set
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