Here is a big Logan Challenge – try going vegetarian. If you have even been thinking about eating less meat, Earth Day is a great reason to hopefully push you over the edge and try it.
Why Earth Day?
So how is being a vegetarian related to Earth Day?
- Pollution: animals raised for food in the USA produce 130 times more excrement than the human population
- Pollution: raising animals for food causes more global warming than cars, planes, ships, trains, and SUVs in the world combined
- Resources: More than 1/2 of the water used in the USA is used for raising animals for food
- Resources: More than 1/3 of all USA raw materials and fossil fuel usage is for raising animals for food
- Land: For each 1 acre of American forest cleared for parking lots, roads, houses, and shopping malls, 7 acres of forest are converted into land for grazing livestock and/or growing livestock feed
- Land: 20 times more land is required to feed a meat-eater than to feed a vegetarian
- Waste: it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat
So you can’t really call yourself an environmentalist if you eat meat. Raising meat for food is the number one cause of greenhouse gases and switching to a vegetarian diet is more eco-friendly than driving a hybrid car.
How To Get Started
For more information and to get active about it, check out peta2.com/meatsnotgreen on PETA’s website.
Start in any way you can. Cold turkey (pun intended) is the best – just stop eating meat. If you can’t do that then make a change that you can handle. Try eating vegetarian for 3 days a week. Then expand from there.
For help getting started order (or download) the free vegetarian starter kit from the PETA website.
Make sure to let me know your results if you decide to start living vegetarian.