Okay, I’m going to start off by saying that I’m not here to preach about veganism. I like bacon. I like corndogs. I like a big fat turkey on Thanksgiving Day. I doubt that I’ll ever become a full vegetarian- nevermind a vegan. But it’s tough to deny the benefits vegetarianism and veganism pose for the environment. I like my meat, but it’s incredibly important to limit your meat consumption, and surprisingly, it’s pretty easy. Consuming protein alternatives such as beans, chickpeas, and nut butters can significantly reduce your footprint. Here are a few tidbits of information regarding meat consumption and the environment.
- Raising animals for food produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all the cars, planes, and other modes of transportation combined.
- The average American consumes 270 pounds of meat each year.
- 70% of the grain produced in the United States is used to feed farm animals.
- Animal waste contains tons of pathogens that can transfer to humans through water run-off.
- The excess of antibiotics given to animals to speed up the growth process leads to a rise in resistant bacteria, which makes it harder to treat human illnesses.
Check out chooseveg.com/environment for more information about eating green for the environment.
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