You want to be part of the solution. Part of the percentage of people who are actively working to save the planet. But you’re not sure how. We get it. You’re in that tough spot that many people find themselves in.
So what can you do right now that will make a big impact? Well, your answer may just be a few steps away… in your kitchen.
There has never been a better time to embrace your greens, and go meat-free! Here are 5 ways you can save the planet by going vegetarian or vegan!
1. Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
You may be surprised to learn that the greenhouse gas emissions from animals raised for food are more than that of all transportation forms on earth combined. Eighteen percent (18%) of the global total in fact, according to the UN.
These days we’re eating 230m tons of animals per year, twice the amount we did 30 years ago which means increased amounts of methane are emitted, along with the increased production of greenhouse gasses, and other waste.
2. Saving the Forests
Once lush and vibrant, tropical rainforests have been put to work for the past 30 years, not for their timber, but rather for their land. Millions of hectares of trees have been and are being destroyed in order to grow palm oil, soya, and even to graze cattle.
Friends of the Earth estimates that 6m hectares per year (twice the size of Belgium) are being converted to farmland. The biggest use of this farmland is to grow crops that are used to feed cattle and chickens.
3. Cleaning the Air
Have you ever been driving down a long stretch of country road only to get a whiff of something that has you feverishly closing your windows? Soon you find yourself passing by a large factory farm and know exactly where that smell came from!
Cattle, pigs and sheep are responsible for producing not only methane, but other harmful not to mention, stinky gases (Nitrous Dioxide and Carbon Dioxide) that contribute to ozone pollution.
4. More Land for People
Over one billion people are hungry each day while livestock consume the biggest share of the world's crops. Here’s a distressing figure shared in a 1997 study at Cornell University: 13m hectares of land in the United States were used to grow fresh vegetables, fruits, rice, beans, and potatoes, while a staggering 302m hectares were used for livestock!
Some experts calculate that if grain that is fed to livestock in western countries were instead consumed by people, twice if not more people could be fed in the world!
5. More Water for People
Numbers speak louder than words when it comes to explaining the effect animals raised for food has on our planet, so let’s take a look at a few facts and figures!
Pounds of water needed to produce one pound of…
One of these figures is not like the other!
Yes, it takes around 20,000 pounds or 9000 liters of water to produce just one pound of beef. That puts it into perspective when most burger joints offer quarter and half pound patties!
What You Can Do
We know for many people making the decision to go vegetarian or vegan is a big one, but there are small ways you can start, one being to reduce the amount of meat products you consume. A great way to do this is to embrace Meat Free Mondays or to even alternate your weeks!
We’re committed to a world where the planet thrives which is why all our products are 100% GMO free, Vegan, and never ever tested on animals, only on our sweet friends and family! If you haven't already done so, check out our product offerings right here.
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With much love and gratitude,