Making the Case for Meatless Meals

It takes between 1,000-2,500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, compared to a mere 25 gallons to produce one serving of rice or grain.

Opting for a meat-free meal once each week, can save a whopping 84,ooo gallons of water per year.

On days you still eat meat, choosing poultry instead of beef also cuts down on water use. It only takes about 500 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of chicken compared to the thousands of gallons required for beef.

It takes about 54 calories of fossil fuels to produce 1 calorie of protein from beef, compared to 2 calories of fossil fuel for 1 calorie of protein from soy.

According to some estimates, more than 1/3 of all fossil fuels consumed in the U.S. are used in animal production.

By cutting out meat for only one meal each week, you can save more than 15 gallons of gasoline per year.

By choosing a vegetarian or vegan meal once each week, you could save nearly 8,000 sq. feet of open space from being converted to farmland.

About 30 percent of the world’s entire land surface – a whopping 70 percent of all agricultural land – is used for farming animals. An additional one-third of the land suitable for farming crops is used to produce animal feed.

You can save 87 sq. feet of topsoil from erosion by choosing a plant-based meal only once each week.

Farmed animals produce about 130 times as much excrement as the entire U.S. population – an unbelievable 87,000 pounds of waste per second!

But if you want to reduce your contribution to the problem, just opt for a plant-based meal once each week – which will reduce more than 400 pounds of manure produced by food animals.


Source: Earth911.com

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