Did you know that the average American consumes around 250 pounds of meat a year? By adjusting your diet to include a non-meat day once a week, you will reduce your consumption of meat by about 35 pounds a year.
10 Reasons to Go Vegetarian One day a Week
In one year you will…
Save 84,000 gallons of water – animals and animal agriculture consume a lot of water. Consider that it takes 2,400 gallons of water to make one pound of beef. Other animals such as chickens and pigs consume less water than cattle, but their consumption is still pretty high given the sheer numbers of animals used for food.
Save 245 pounds of grain– It takes seven pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef, and almost as much for both chickens and pigs. That amount of grain can feed an individual in some developing nations for six months or more. A full 1/3 of the world’s grain output is used to feed livestock.
Save 7,700 sq feet of rain forest – Millions of acres of land (many of which were once rainforest) are used for livestock grazing and to grow crops that feed these animals. The amount of land saved by going veg one day a week is equivalent to four good sized homes.
Save a few of the over 10 billion animals slaughtered for food – This is how many land animals are killed each year in the US alone. The majority of these animals have no laws to protect them from abuse and cruelty. They spend their entire lives suffering in inhumane conditions and mistreatment.
Save 15.5 gallons of gasoline – Conventional farming methods use petrochemical (oil based) fertilizers and pesticides for crops. Fuel is also used to transport and refrigerate meat and crops. By going veg one day a week, you’ll save over 15 gallons of gasoline. At today’s prices…that’s around $65 for the “cheap” stuff.
Reduce over 400 pounds of manure produced by food animals – What can I say…animals poop a lot. Millions of tons of waste is produced by livestock each year. For example, pig farmers around the country build “lagoons” to hold all of the poop. When the lagoons get too full they break open spilling toxic pig waste into rivers, streams and protected land.
Reduce your contribution to global warming – Emissions from animal agriculture contributes to more greenhouses gases than all the cars and trucks on the planet COMBINED.
Save 87 square feet of topsoil from erosion – Food crops need topsoil to grow. When animals are densely packed into a small amount of space, they erode topsoil more. Add to that the erosion caused by crops used to feed these animals and you can see how this starts to add up. Once topsoil is gone, it can take hundreds of years to rebuild just a couple of inches.
Reduce your impact on our quickly vanishing ocean life!–The oceans are polluted and over-fished. A report published in the Journal Science in 2006 claimed that by 2048 we will see a near collapse of the oceans if we continue at the pace we’re on right now. Unfortunately, farmed fish isn’t the “silver-bullet” answer either. Farmed fish produce high concentrations of waste that lead to environmental and health issues.
Do not forget about your health – A vegetarian diet, even one day a week will help reduce your risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer. Studies have shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables greatly reduce heart disease and diabetes.