How Does Being A Vegetarian Help the Environment?

12.09.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

Being a vegetarian doesn’t just protect animals. It also helps the environment. A tremendous amount of grain and water is needed in order to fuel the meat industry. If these resources were used in order to grow crops for direct human consumption, world hunger would decrease significantly.

Dr. David Brubaker, PhD, at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for a Livable Future says, “The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs. The results are disastrous.” It takes 14 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat, whereas it takes 441 gallons of water to produce a single pound of beef. Clearly the meat industry is an inefficient waste of limited resources. Our fresh, drinkable water supply is quickly dwindling. Only 1% of Earth’s water is drinkable. Wells are drying up in countries all around the world. By eating a vegetarian diet, or even simply reducing the amount of meat we consume, we can decrease the amount of limited resources we use. Even small changes, like eating vegetarian just once or twice a week, can help our environment.

Here’s a link to a good website with more information:
http://www.chooseveg.com/environment.asp

 

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