Better the world by going Vegetarian for Just One Day a week
Posted by keelynet on April 15, 2009
If the facts quoted in the following article are reliable, then I think this could and should become a worldwide movement…where everyone gives up one day a week to purely vegetarian foods. Something like Thursday or Sunday as the day of giving up meat for a day. And while we’re ate it, to tackle obesity, how about one day a week for fasting? Ahh, but thats diluting the focus…just one day for vegetarians as a start…
“If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
* 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
* 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
* 70 million gallons of gas — enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
* 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
* 33 tons of antibiotics. If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent:
* Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France;
* 3 million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages;
* 4.5 million tons of animal excrement;
* Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.
My favorite statistic is this: According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads. See how easy it is to make an impact?
Other points: Globally, we feed 756 million tons of grain to farmed animals. As Princeton bioethicist Peter Singer notes in his new book, if we fed that grain to the 1.4 billion people who are living in abject poverty, each of them would be provided more than half a ton of grain, or about 3 pounds of grain/day —
that’s twice the grain they would need to survive. And that doesn’t even include the 225 million tons of soy that are produced every year, almost all of which is fed to farmed animals.” – Source
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