Vegetarianism Isn’t Just About Saving Animals!

Need another reason on why to choose vegetarianism? Look no further! As a recent convert myself, these next few sustainability-related facts are what really convinced me to make the dietary commitment. 1. Land Use: The land space used for animals versus food grown from the ground varies widely in how many people it can feed. More specifically, “one hectare of land, producing vegetables, fruit and cereals can feed up to 30 people. The same area, if used to produce meat, could feed between only five and 10.” In total, the land used for raising animals for food takes up 30% of the Earth’s land mass. This suggests that land can be used much more efficiently for the benefit of more people if its sole purpose was for vegetable growing. landuse 2. Water: If you are concerned about the lack of clean water in third world countries, then this next statistic might concern you even more- “Nearly half of all the water used in the United States goes to raising animals for food.” In other words, the US is giving half of our water to maintaining animals and produce their meat, while some parts of the world barely have enough for humans to drink? Cutting meat out of our diets will leave all that extra water to be put to much better use. water 3. Food: Similar to the inefficient use of water, food waste is also an issue. “More than 70 percent of the grain and cereals that we grow in this country are fed to farmed animals.” Animals consume all of this food, yet do not nearly give back as much as they take. For the amount of meat, eggs, or dairy products we get from the animals we feed, it is nowhere near how much food it takes for them to produce it. This unfair trade off is another example of the detrimental actions taken just to eat a piece of meat. land These categories are only a few areas where meat production becomes the less-sustainable choice. Even if you are not comfortable giving up meat completely, even cutting out meat from your meal a couple of times per week will make a difference. It is a huge strain on America’s farmers, economy, and environment to continuously produce enough meat to keep up with the demand, therefore, by being one less demanding consumer, you can do your part in helping the Earth. Stay tuned for further posts about alternatives to a meat diet! – Caroline   Sources: http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/food_and_drink/1190709/can_becoming_a_vegetarian_help_save_the_planet.html http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-wastes-natural-resources/ http://www.fcrn.org.uk/sites/default/files/imagecache/homepage_slider/landuse http://dtc.pima.edu/blc/105/507/cows-drinking-water http://ecoland.co.in/ecoland.co.in/images/t-pic17

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