The vegetarian presence at Congress continues to grow. We already have vegetarians in the House and Senate, and even a vegetarian caucus for congressmen and their staffers. And now, to our knowledge, the first ever veggie burger tasting event has just been held. Attendees of the event, which drew members of Congress, their staffers, and the public, sampled several veggie burgers named after the states of supportive legislators and cast votes for their top choice. We’re happy to announce that the New Jersey Burger ultimately prevailed with 36 percent of the vote, edging out Hawaii by a single vote.
This event is just another example of vegetarian food going mainstream. Congratulations to the PCRM (Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine) for sponsoring this ground-breaking event.
The first ever organized vegetarian group on Capitol Hill has just been formed, and vegetarian history has just been made for the second time this year (see last month’s post on the first all-veg public school). The non-partisan Vegetarian Caucus, has already held two meetings and its ranks are growing rapidly and with much enthusiasm. This is very significant for the vegetarian movement as a whole. While we wish the group had congressmen and women in it as well, we all know how influential the staffers are.
For busy staffers on Capitol Hill, whose hectic days are often scheduled down to the minute, grabbing lunch often means a trip to the cafeterias scattered around the Capitol complex. Although there are multiple dining spots on the campus’s House and Senate sides, offering everything from Indian cuisine to slow-cooked barbecue, some vegetarian and vegan House staffers say there’s a noticeable lack of healthy proteins and lettuce varieties available to fit their dietary needs, so they’re doing something about it.