Raw Food Challenge Day 23- Save the Planet One Lettuce Leaf at a Time
Ghandi once said
” Be the change you want to see in the world.”
I believe we can all think of this quote when we find ourselves saying “I alone cannot make a difference.” or ” What I do does not affect the world, I am only one person.”
What you do not only makes a difference, but it also inspires others to do so. You can inspire those around you to, at the very least be aware and create a thought. Actions speak louder then words and sharing is caring. Enroll a friend in what you are doing, or share something that has inspired you today. Ignorance might be bliss, but I think we can all agree that the natural disasters are speaking for themselves.
Did you know that the Environmental Defence estimates that “If every American had one meat free meal per week, it would be the same as taking more then 5 million cars off the roads”. How’s that for your “I can’t make a difference” thought process?!
I often get asked how being a vegetarian is environmentally friendly. Its all a matter of fractions and fossil fuels. More then 1/3 of all fossil fuels produced in the United States go towards animal agriculture. According to a study in the American Journal of clinical Nutrition (1), the production of one calorie of animal protein requires more than ten times the fossil fuel input as a calorie of plant protein.
Where does this waste occur? Its called a food chain— slaughtered animals first must be fed with grains and other crops. Energy consumption is required in the production of these crops. This feed must be harvested and transported… then animals are transported to slaughterhouses.. then the carcasses are transported (in refrigerated trucks) to another processing plant, then that processed meat is transported to your grocery store. And lastly, you get into your vehicle and drive to the grocery store and purchase the meat.
You think your brain hurts now? That’s just logistics…
A report in the New Scientist estimated that driving a hybrid vehicle conserved just over one ton of carbon dioxide per year. If you drive a hybrid, give yourself a pat on the back.
Now think about this… A vegan diet consumes one and a half tons less than the average American diet.(2) Therefore; adopting a vegan diet actually does more to reduce emissions then driving a hybrid!! If you’re a vegan, take this time to participate in a much deserved fist pump!
Senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is “one of the most significant contributors to today’s most serious environmental problems.” The official handbook for Live Earth, the anti-global warming concerts that Al Gore helped organize, says that not eating meat is the ‘single most effective thing you can do’ to reduce your climate change impact.(3) A lot to process isn’t it? Raising animals for food is one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide and the single largest source of both methane and nitrous oxide emissions. I will take my meal without the side of guilt and natural disaster.
Source:(1)David Pimentel and Marcia Pimentel “Sustainability of Meat-Based Diets and the Environment,” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2)The New Scientist, “its better to green your diet then your car”(3)http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/global-warming.aspx