How diet can make a difference
your choices count
Our individual choices can have a dramatic impact on our environment. Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 square feet of forest land and 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent.
Chickens, turkeys, pigs, and cows are collectively the largest producers of methane in the United States. Methane gas is 20x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide. In addition, the meat, egg and dairy industries produce 65% of the world wide nitrous oxide emissions. Nitrous oxide is 300x more powerful at trapping heat in the Earth's atmosphere than carbon dioxide.
You could save more water by not eating one pound of meat, than you could by not showering for 6 months.
Raising animals for food uses 30% of the Earth's land mass (the size of Asia!), and the equivalent of 7 football fields worth of land are bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals.
Locally grown food can also make a difference. Currently, the average meal travels 1200 km from farm to table. Choosing seasonal food grown close to home will therefore have fewer transportation emissions associated with it, will be fresher and support local farmers.
where to start
Feeling overwhelmed? Us too. Don't fret, there's lots you can do!
1. Try adding a meatless day into your weekly food planning, or skip one serving of meat per day in favour of a plant based option.
2. Buy locally produced food whenever possible. Visit a local farmer's market or sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm share.
3. Eat seasonally. Seasonal fruits and vegetables require far less transportation, therefore lowering the emissions associated with the food. Each season brings it's own unique flavours and nutritional benefits, plus eating seasonally saves you cash!