Did you know that it takes 44 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but just 14 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat? Eating more vegetable and less meat will not only help enrich your diet, but will also be a great benefit for the environment.
Raising livestock contributes to numerous environmental problems, such as air pollution, water pollution, and land degradation. It is estimated that livestock account for 18% of greenhouse gases, making them one of the major contributors to global warming.
Livestock also contributes to mass deforestation. Grazing for animals occupies approximately 26 percent of the Earth’s terrestrial surface. In order to clear the way for livestock, trees are callously cut down. While this allows some animals room to roam, a large majority of farm-raised animals aren’t even given space to live and are caged up as if they were objects.
At least for this upcoming week, focus on decreasing your portions of meat (if you eat meat) and increasing the amount of vegetables in your diet. Increase your veggie intake and you will help the environment and do wonders for your body, such as decreasing your risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Veggies are packed with fiber to help you feel full and loaded with vitamins to keep your brain sharp and your body healthy. Stay tuned for some tips on incorporating more veggies into your diet.