Today, April 22nd is Earth Day.  Earth Day is a day that we all collectively recognize how precious our mother earth is and think of ways to better preserve her life which in turn will preserve ours.  In essence it is the day to think about how we can be more “green” or simply how can we have less of a negative impact on the planet to prolong its life.

The people of this world are thinking greener all the time by recycling, using less water, not using aerosol cans, carpooling, driving “green” cars, going paperless on bills, and so on.  But did you know that being vegan even just for one day is the BIGGEST thing you can do for our planet?

Reducing meat consumption may just help solve the world’s environmental problems

“Eighty percent of Americans, in polls, say they are environmentalists … And yet, most of us have remained unaware of the one thing that we could be doing on an individual basis that would be most helpful in slowing the deterioration and shifting us toward a more ecologically sustainable way of life.” – Excerpt from “The Food Revolution” by John Robbins

If you have not read these stats before then please seriously consider them and possibly making some changes in your life to better the life of our planet and improve the length and quality of yours.

  • Animal agriculture produces more greenhouse gas emissions than automobiles and that gas is 23 times more deadly than carbon.
  • A vegan requires 10,000 gallons of water annually to grow his/her food; a meat-eater requires 230,000 gallons.
  • According to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, climate change mitigation costs could be reduced by 80 percent if everyone ate a vegan diet.
  • The EPA says that factory farms pollute our waterways more than all other industrial sources combined.

These are some stats that show how going vegan for just one day can benefit both the planet and YOU.

  • 100 billion gallons of water would be saved.
  • 33 ton of antibiotics would not be consumed by an animal (and then by you after eating that animal)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France would not be used

Switching to a plant based vegan diet can change your life and the life of the planet in more ways than you might know.  Did you know that;

  • If every American skipped one meal of chicken a week and ate a plant-based meal instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be equivalent to taking more than half of a million cars off of U.S. roads. Source: Environmental Defense
  • Researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from standard American diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against global warming than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.
  • Most nutrition professionals agree that moving away from an animal product-based diet to a plant-based diet is the single most important improvement human beings can do to improve their well-being.
  • The only food products on this planet that have heart clogging cholesterol in them are from animals.  You will not find one ounce of cholesterol in any plant based food.

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.”

~Albert Einstein

Every choice we make matters so think about what you are choosing when you are paying for those groceries each week and what impact your choices may be having not only for your health but that of our planet.   Happy Earth Day!

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