Note: Thank you to everyone who has been following along over the last seven weeks. If you have any questions about vegetarianism, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out "Recounting the Counting of the Omer" on my other blog, http://heebnvegan.blogspot.com.
This is the final post for CountingTheOmer.blogspot.com, as tonight is the last night before Shavuot. With regard to Shavuot, Judaism and Vegetarianism author Richard H. Schwartz has noted:
Shavuot is also known as "Chag Hakatzir" (the Harvest Festival), since it climaxes the year's first harvest. Hence, it can remind us that many more people can be sustained on vegetarian diets than on animal-centered diets. While the Torah stresses that farmers are to leave the corners of their fields and the gleanings of their harvests for the hungry, over 70% of the grain grown in the United States is fed to animals destined for slaughter, as 15 to 20 million people worldwide die annually because of hunger and its effects.