Food Choices Matter

Click on an image below to learn about the environmental impact of your food choices.

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Cows and Fossil Fuel

Decrease your carbon footprint: eat plants

Researchers have estimated that the carbon footprint of vegans is half of the carbon footprint of carnivores. A recent study in the U.K. compared the greenhouse gas emissions of over 55,000 people with different diets: carnivores, fish eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. The report concluded with, "Reducing the intake of meat and other animal based products can make a valuable contribution to climate change mitigaion."

The Environmental Working Group found that if all Americans switched to a vegetarian diet, it would result in a decline in carbon emission equivalent to taking 46 million cars off the road. You can make more of an impact on emissions by decreasing the amount of animal foods you consume than you make by switching to a hybrid car.

Link to source on Huffington Post

Water

Plant eaters use less water

A person who eats only plants consumes, on average, 600 gallons per day less than a person eating the standard American diet. The water it takes to produce the SAD is more than the average global water footprint of 900 gallons per day for everything: diet, household use, transportation, energy, material good. As fresh water becomes scarcer, this becomes a social justice issue between the wealthy and poor people around the world.

These are conservative estimates from National Geographic calculations. Other sources have estimated 300 gallons per day for plant eaters vs. 4200 gallons per day for carnivores.

Link to source at National Geographic

Kindness

Live with kindness to all earthlings

Young children have a natural affinity to animals. Animals are included in children's play and thought of as equals. Somehow, as we grow older, we lose this appreciation of the natural world - some would call it a spiritual connection and feeling of oneness.

Bill Crain, child psychologist and co-founder of the Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary, has recently published a book exploring these themes.

The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children

Many people feel more peaceful when they reject the cruelty, violence and slaughter of over 11 billion animals per year (over 300 per second) by refusing to eat or wear anything with a face or from a mother. They feel they are living with integrity and in line with their values when they do not support, with their dollars, the market for dead animals.

Photo courtesy of Bill Crain


To learn more about how your food choices affect the environment, click on one of the small food images above.