Environmentally, meat, amazingly, causes more emissions than all the transportation combined. Beef production. Uses a 100 times. The water. Than. All. The vegetables. Grown.
The society is eating twice as much meat as it did in the 50s.
This below is an infographic done by CulinarySchools.org which shows the impact of our individual eating habits on the environment and carbon emissions. It shows how one person switching from a carnivore to a vegan, they can reduce CO2 emissions by 1.5 tons per year — TONS!
The problem is not only our individual choices – although it’s true that most people decide to just turn the other way and not make that choice. And, unfortunately, it isn’t incredible statistics such as these that can make them change their mind. A lot of people don’t believe that individual choices matter all that much, but mainly, they are not willing to give up their personal gratification for a greater cause. In fact, not even for their own personal health & benefit! That’s the kind of gluttonous, overindulgent society we live in..
The problem also lies with the meat industry, which is relentless and so so powerful that it won’t allow meat consumption to decline. How? Well, it’s simply lucrative – an industry that is valued at billions of dollars, that employs millions of people, and a trade that they are dependent on for their livelihood, which is to say that their personal priorities and earnings are weighed against the environment.
By eating less meat our foodprint is smaller, the pollution is less impacted, the money is saved, we are healthier, and bound to live longer.
Do it for your health, for the pocket book, for the environment and the animals. Yes, it’s unrealistic of me to wish for everyone to become a vegetarian, let alone vegan, so small, progressive changes will have to do for now. If all of us ate half as much meat, it would be like half of us are already vegetarians. Individual choices DO matter. Make yours a positive one.