How can YOUR eating habits combat climate change?

Everyone always says that being a vegetarian is way too hard and that they could never give up their meat. That’s what I thought, and now I have been a vegetarian for the last six months, and it was one of the easiest transitions I have ever made. I initially made this switch for health reasons, but after about the effects of the meat industry on our climate, I figured out that I was not only doing good for my body, but for the world as a whole. Check out these statistics, and you might just change your mind too!

If every single American went vegetarian for just one day, we would save 100 billion gallons of water, which is enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months. We would also save 1.5 billion pounds of crops that are normally fed to livestock. This is enough food to feed the entire state of New Mexico for more than one year. We would also consume 70 million less gallons of gas that is normally used to transport the meat over 2,000 miles everyday. We could spare 3 million acres of land, which is a land mass equivalent to the twice the size of Delaware. Looking at these statistics alone, think of how we could save our world by going veg.

We could not only save on natural resources, but we could prevent a lot of climate issues that are happening as we speak. By not eating meat for just one day, we would prevent the exertion of 1.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas. We would prevent 3 million tons of soil erosion and save $70 million is the resulting economic damage that comes from the soil. Each day 7 tons of ammonia emissions are let out from the meat industry, and we could prevent this pollutant from contaminating our air by just changing one meal! The most convincing statistic to me is that if every American skipped one meal that contained chicken in it every week, we would be doing the equivalent to taking half a million cars off the roads of the United States.  Researchers at the University of Chicago have proved that switching from a standard American diet to that of a vegetarian one is more effective than buying a hybrid car.

Looking at these affects of just one day going meatless, think of how many changes we could make to our world in a week. Knowing these statistics and seeing how much of a difference you could make on Mother Earth by simply changing your eating habits. It’s not that hard, trust me, you can do it!

Written By: Emily Griffin