Environment

Go Green By Going Veg

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

Drastic Reductions in Meat Consumption Worldwide Could Help Climate Change

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Food Environment

Having a healthy food environment is key

Having a healthy food environment is key to good health.

Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention is a good program that involves youth advocates to help change signage, access to healthy foods, increase pop-up retail and more to make the food environment healthier. Join our local CX3 Fort Bragg group on facebook. Click here.

Not convinced we need it? Check out this video.

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How to protect the environment

What can we do?

How can you protect the environment? Learn about the 9 environmental reasons to go vegan here.


If you have not yet seen Cowspiracy, I highly recommend seeing it because it makes one aware of the detrimental impact animal food consumption has on the environment.
For information on the film, click here.

To watch the trailer click here.

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