Environment

Go Green By Going Veg

The cars we drive and the homes we inhabit are two of the biggest contributors to our ‘carbon footprint’, or the measure of the amount of carbon dioxide or CO2 emitted through the combustion of fossil fuels as part of everyday life. Most people don’t realize that another significant contributor to our “carbon footprint” is whether we eat a plant-based or animal-based diet.

To produce one pound of beef, commercial agriculture uses 7-10 pounds of grains. This is an inefficient waste of limited resources considering that one billion of our fellow humans go hungry each year for lack of a small portion of the massive amounts of grains and legumes wasted as animal feed. Eight times more fossil-fuel energy expenditure is needed to produce animal protein for a comparable amount of plant protein. The average omnivore diet burns the equivalent of a gallon of gas per day. By eating a vegan diet (no animal products such as milk, cheese, eggs, meat, fish), you can decrease your personal annual greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 tons.

Not convinced yet? Consider this:

  • 70% of U.S. grains are fed to farm animals
  • It takes 441 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat compared to 14 gallons for a pound of wheat
  • More than half of the water used for all purposes in the U. S. goes to livestock production
  • Per year the amount of farmed animal manure produced in the U.S. is five tons of waste for every person consuming a meat-based diet
  • According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), over 200 manure discharges and spills from U.S. animal farms between 1990 and 1997 have killed more than a billion fish.
  • Animal agriculture contributes 18% of the greenhouse gases according to the 2006 United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization report with methane being 20 times more potent of a greenhouse gas than CO2
  • Countless acres of rainforests have been destroyed to create land for cattle grazing and with it the trees’ abilities to produce oxygen for us
  • Researchers at the University of Chicago have determined that going vegetarian is more effective in countering global warming than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.

In addition to reducing your “carbon footprint” by choosing a vegan diet, there are other rewards. Significant health benefits of kicking the meat habit are a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and other chronic afflictions that kill millions of people every year. Last, but not least, it will save thousands of animals from unnecessary fear, abuse and death in factory farms and slaughterhouses.

To get started on a vegan diet, get a free “Veg Starter Kit” at www.VegKit.org or call 1-800-632-8688

Go green by going veg!

Additional websites or articles on this subject:

www.CoolYourDiet.com

www.goVeg.com

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