Saturday, November 20, 2010

Is it True....Can we Save Energy By Eating Veggies!

It's true. Living a vegetarian or better yet vegan lifestyle saves a ton of energy. Meat and dairy production is the number one user of fossils fuels on the planet. So eat veggies, preferably those grown close to where you live.

Eating vegetables has all kind of nutritional and health benefits, we all know. But, what you may not know that adopting a more plant based diet uses less energy and water than if you followed a meat-based diet. In fact, meat is the least energy efficient food on the planet. It requires an enormous amount of water to produce it for human consumption, and the production of it causes a lot of pollution. To produce one measly pound of beef requires 2,500 gallons of water.

Further, livestock produce 130 times the waste of humans. That’s a lot of manure! In fact, livestock actually produce eleven billion pounds of manure, sludge, and slurry waste every year. This same waste turns releases volatile organic compunds (VOCs), endotoxins, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide. Methane, a VOC, is the second leading greenhouse gas, which causes gobal warming.

The livestock industry is responsible for 20 percent of the methan in the atmosphere. Got the gist? So, give thought to reducing or eliminating the amount of meat in your diet and adopting a more plant based diet. Not only is eating more vegetables healthy for you, it helps out the earth. Try growing your own veggies and fruits!

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