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Is a veggie day a good idea?

Vegetables on a stall

A town in Belgium is going veggie for a whole day, every single week.

Ghent is chucking meat off the menu every single Thursday, and even school meals are vegetarian.

So what do think of the idea? Would a day without meat bother you at all, or would you be left with nothing to eat?

Do you think it's good to encourage people to give up meat, or should everyone have a free choice on what they eat?

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"I think a veggie day is a good idea because it will make people realise eating vegetables is yummy and healthy."

Carol, 11, Surrey, England.

"I think it's brilliant because it gives people a chance to try new foods!!"

Rebecca, 11, Essex, England.

"I think it's not fair because people should have a choice in what they eat and at my school there is a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian which I think is a good idea."

Olivia, 10, North Yorkshire, England.

"Come on, without vegetables you wouldn't get your vitamins and minerals PLUS they aren't forcing you to become vegetarian forever are they?

Ikra, 10, South Yorkshire, England.

"I think veggie day is quite a good idea but you do need the protein that meat gives you in your diet to keep you healthy. Although it would be good for one lunchtime once a week!"

Hannah, 11, London, England

"Well, maybe once a year but not once a week. I think everyone should have a free choice on what they eat."

Kelly, 12, London, England

"My mum is vegetarian and eats Quorn which tastes just like meat but even better. A veggie day would be great to show that even though you're veggie, you don't always have to eat just vegetables."

Erin, 11, Scotland

"I think that is a good idea, but not just because I am a vegetarian. What lots of people don't understand about vegetarians is that we don't just eat cabbage soup and carrot pies, we eat things like Quorn - a type of pretend meat. If people see what we eat and try it they may want to have it once or twice a week, still eating meat. This would help as meat can cost a lot of money and they would still have a good, balanced diet."

Alexandra, 11, West Yorkshire, England

"YES! I am vegetarian so it would be great if everyone else understood what it's like for us. I can understand that some people hate veggies or miss meat but this would only be for one day... So YES!"

Emma, 11, County Durham, England

"I think that having a whole veggie day is a great idea. I tried going veggie once and found it very hard with all the meat at school. I think it is a good idea and should happen in the UK."

Lottie, 13, East Sussex, England

"I think that veggie day is quite a bad idea if you think about the children like me who don't like vegetables."

Eve, 12, Worcestershire, England

"I don't know really. I do eat meat but only chicken from a sustainable brand. They can't force people to give up completely really but once a week I expect is fine."

Cathy, 12, England

"I think vegetables are disgusting, so no veggie day for me... but for people who actually want to eat them, I say go on!"

Laura, 13, Rochdale, England

"I would miss eating chicken, one of my fave foods. I will not want to be a vegetarian."

Sarah, 12, New Zealand

"Becoming a vegetarian is a good idea as it is good for nature. I know it's hard to resist the temptation of meat but whoever does is obviously a very strong person."

Showmir, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think people should eat a mix of different types of food, with lots of veggies thrown in."

Nichole, 13, UK

"It sounds like a good idea but it will probably get a bit boring after a few weeks."

Emma, 11, Scotland

"Yes and no. Yes because veggies are healthy, and no because I don't think many people would like cabbage soup!"

Aneesa, 10, Oxfordshire, England

"I think there are advantages and disadvantages to it. It will help people get more active and get healthier, but people who hate veg (like me) will not eat the stuff anyway."

Thomas, 13, Birmingham, England

"As much as I care for animals, I think that this idea might make some people a little unhealthy."

Ella, 11, Surrey, England

"It might be a good idea for vegetarians but us meat-eaters need our meat!"

Leanne, 11, Norwich, England

"I, as a veggie, think that it's perfectly fine. I don't see how children can't pass a day without eating animals."

Lux, 12, Leicester, England

"It's not a good idea because we need our protein from meat, calcium from cheese and sugar from sweet foods (not too much though!). We shouldn't live on a diet full of just one thing. To be healthy you need a mixture of foods. Plus, not many people would participate."

Charlotte, 12, Nottingham, England

"No. I am a true meat-eater at heart!"

Anisah, 10, Edinburgh, Scotland

"I think it's a great idea. I am a vegetarian and have been since the start of the year. This day would show people how you can survive without eating meat and make them think about the animals which you're eating. This would be a great idea to help get the nation healthy. Also, there are many different meat alternatives to eat."

Chelsea, 14, Dudley, England

"I think it is a good idea. It encourages people to have vegetables."

Sindurii, 11, Oxfordshire, England

"I think it will be good for people who are not vegetarian, that way they will know what it is like to be vegetarian."

Phoebe, 11, Lincolnshire, England

"I'm vegetarian and I think it's a really good idea. Veggies are really healthy and it helps save the environment!!!"

Bethany, 13, Kingston Upon Thames, England

"I adore veg and I love this idea because... A) It encourages people, especially young kids, to eat more veg and B) It's good for you! There is only one bad thing and this is because young people need meat for protein so this would stop that! On the whole I think it is a cool idea!"

Gemma, 11, Bristol, England

"Not everyone will do it though because somehow they will get hold of meat and the idea will be forgotten."

Beth, 12, Southend, England

"I think that veggie day is a really good day. It will encourage people to eat healthier and give them independence when they are older."

Georgia, 12, Lutterworth, England

"OK, but only if every Friday is meat day, where no vegetables are offered and eating meat is compulsory."

Maddy, 14, Gwynedd, Wales

"No way!! I hardly eat veggies and if they did that I would probably starve!! And every Thursday?! That's plain stupid!"

Sarah, 12, Wirral, England

"We think it's a good idea because most children like to eat unhealthy things, so we think kids will get healthier."

Essie and Ciara, both 10, Stockport, England

"It's a good idea because veggies are healthy and plus it's only a day from the whole week, it wouldn't do any harm!!"

Sanjana, 11, West Drayton, England

"I think it's a very good idea because it encourages more people to eat healthier!"

Emma, 11, Edinburgh, Scotland

"No, I don't think it is a good idea for three reasons: 1 - It isn't meant for stopping sweets, it's meant for stopping meat. 2 - Meat is good for you. 3 - I already eat plenty of veg and I have a roast dinner, so they wouldn't be very good if I didn't have meat with them would they?"

Katie, 11, Scarborough, England

"I think it is good because not very many people eat veggies so they need to be encouraged. I'm glad people can still eat meat, because if everyone was forced to eat veggies on Thursdays that would be wrong."

Ellie, 12, Essex, England

"I think it is such a good idea. I am a vegetarian so it is a great idea. I want it."

Libby, 10, Gloucestershire, England

"I think veggie day is good so the farmers can sell more crops."

Patrick, 9, Chelsea, England

"I think it's a brilliant idea, because it gives people a chance to see what it's like. I'm vegetarian and I don't starve to death!!! I feel so strongly for this that I hope they make it illegal to eat meat on Thursdays and bring it to every single country, including England."

Oliver, 14, Thatcham, England

"It's a good idea in some ways and not so great in others. I couldn't last a day just eating vegetables, five a day is enough!!"

Rubie, 11, Watford, England

"That's so cool! I wish I lived in Belgium! I really enjoy veggies, because I don't really like sweets and stuff and I'm all for animal rights."

Rebeka, 14, Manchester, England

"Yes, I think its a brilliant idea as children need to eat veggies to grow!!"

Hajar, 11, London, England

"I think it is a great idea because it will encourage lots of people to eat more healthily."

Hinna, 12, Woking, England

"I don't think it's a good idea because I mean, it's aimed to STOP meat not sweets! Without meat, how can you build up your muscles?"

Harry, 10, UK

"I don't think it's a very good idea. Think about the people who live on farms, how do you think they feel? It's just like having a meat-day where veggies have to eat meat!"

Belle, 10, England

"Everyone seems to think that the only way to be healthy is by shovelling vegetables down our throats, but there are so many ways to make healthy food that's tasty too!"

Nadine, 13, Warwick, England

"I think this idea is brilliant. A great way to prevent cruelty to animals."

Richard, 10, Kent, England

"I love meat and I don't think I could do it!! Also people in the meat business would lose a lot of money which is a bit unfair."

Polly, 13, Kent, England

"I'm veggie anyway, so I think it is a great idea! Much better than meat, which is mean, and maybe people will start to respect veggies more rather than shoving meat in your face and laughing."

Harriet, 14, Isle of Wight, England

"I'm not a vegetarian, but I think this is a fabulous idea, because it shows people what alternatives they have to meat, and that being vegetarian isn't just about eating salads all day!"

Izzi, 13, Essex, England

"I for one would NOT eat veg...ugh. But I think it's a good idea for those willing to give up their usual food for a day."

Roxii, 13, London, England

"I think it's a great idea, I'm veggie myself and I think that if everyone tried this then maybe a few more people will be veggie too."

Alice, 12, Manchester, England

"I think it is a great idea! It's a great way to promote healthy eating and it sounds like fun!!!"

Anika, 13, Leicester, England

"I think that having a veggie day is a terrible idea! My mum is a farmer and I help out on the farm too, but if we get rid of all the meat, what will happen to the farm?"

Lisa, 13, Dundee, Scotland

"I think it's a very good idea because then everyone will become healthier and more active!"

Lia, 8, Wales

"I think it is a great idea because kids don't eat that many veggies and it is about time they do."

Leanne, 12, Dundee, Scotland

"I think it is a good idea because the school I go to has a lot of students who go to the chip shop for lunch but they could close them and kids could have a healthy day instead."

Jessica, 12, Sheffield, England

"Lots of people say that vegetables are horrible, but I think they are really nice! Having a veggie day would be great because it would encourage people to eat more healthy food."

Jasmine, 13, UK

"No way! If everybody in the world became a vegetarian then what would all of the animals be used for?!"

Betty, 9, London, England

"I think it's good, I am vegetarian and hate it when my friends at school wave ham in my face."

Rory, 11, Belfast, Northern Ireland

"I think it's quite a good idea because you can eat healthily and kids can be creative with it."

Mazzy, 12, Leicester, England

"I think veggie day is a good idea. It gets people to try and taste new things and it might be their favourite food from then on!"

Ilham, 10, London, England

"It's a brilliant idea because meat is bad for the environment so going vegetarian is good."

River, 12, Brighton, England

"I am a veggie so it would make no difference. Some of my friends could do it easily, even though they eat meat, but some couldn't last!"

Scarlett, 11, Hertfordshire, England

"No way! I like meat too much."

Elle, 11, England

"I am a vegetarian, so I think veggie day is a very good idea. Animals shouldn't have to suffer just to give us food. There are many substitutes that taste almost the same as meat. I think factory farms are very cruel and they all should be banned."

Caitlin, 12, England

"Yes, I think this should happen. Then we can all learn to like vegetables - I LOVE them!"

Aisha, 9, Islamabad, Pakistan

"NO. What's the point? No-one likes veggies. It would be like a hunger strike for kids."

Rachel, 12, England

"I think it's NOT a good idea because some kids won't eat veggies if you tell them what they're eating! On the other hand, it IS a good idea because they might find a veggie that they like. I say every country should do the same!"

Bethany, 12, France

"Yes, because vegetables are good for you."

Mark, 10, Leicester, England

"Meat is good for you - it helps you heal faster and contains protein."

Tom and Jordan, 10, Leicester, England

"I think it will be good because it will get people who have never tried veg, or who don't like it, to maybe eat a bit more than they do at the minute."

Nicole, 14, Nottingham, England

"I'm vegan anyway! I think that being veggie for a day would help the world, and show people that you don't have to kill for food. I think that everyone should respect the world, themselves and all the animals too. Finding out where food comes from at a young age helps encourage healthy living - so why cant we all do it?"

Niamh, 12, West Sussex, England