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Earth Day this Sunday

In honor of Earth Day coming up this Sunday, I am reiterating the mission of this site.  Choosing to go vegetarian, even one day a week makes a difference on our planet, our health and the lives of animals everywhere.  This week, wannaveg.com will host a series of Earth Day related stories, so be sure to visit everyday for new posts.  If there are any articles or stories you would like to contribute please let me know! 

For more information on Earth Day click here.  For events scheduled in your area this link may be a good place to start.  Otherwise just do a quick search on the Internet.

(from our ‘Mission‘ page)

The top 10 reasons why adopting a vegetarian diet one day a week will make a difference. In a year you will… 

* Save 84,000 gallons of water.

* Save 245 lbs of grain.

* Save 7,700 sq feet of rain forest. (That is equivalent to four good sized houses.)

* Reduce your contribution to the over 10,000,000,000 animals slaughtered for food.

* Save 15.5 gallons of gasoline, good for one fill-up!

* Not contribute to over 403 lbs of manure produced by food animals.

* Reduce your contribution to over 24,000,000 pounds of antibiotics that are added to animal feed.

* Save 87 square feet of topsoil from erosion.
   
* Reduce your impact on our quickly vanishing ocean life!

* Do not forget about your health! A vegetarian diet, even one day a week will help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and it may even  help to drop a few pounds.

– During this week, stay tuned for a couple of updates in the top ten reasons to veg one day a week.

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Comment by Mincandescent
2007-04-18 12:48:03

I’m definately going to cut out meat one day a week, for the sake of the enviromnent, but I cant accept your 10 reasons as written

- why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)?

- why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue.

- while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth’s limited resources.

Comment by eric
2007-04-18 13:54:37

Mincandescent,
First off, thanks for posting. You have some great questions and I hope I can answer them to your satisfaction. Also, I think it’s pretty cool that you are giving up meat one day a week. As you can see…it makes a difference. Now on to your questions.

Q: “why are rain forests lost if I buy UK produced meat only(which I do)?”

A: Good job on only buying meat produced in the UK. The amount of resources saved in transportation and refrigeration is significant. Buying local is always best. Unfortunately, most people still buy meat that come from foreign countries and many, if not all, “fast food” and chain restaurants buy meat from unknown sources. Most of the time their suppliers buy meat from countries where labor is cheap and land is plentiful…but the land is covered in rainforest. Basically, if everyone bought local like you do, never bought any food from fast food chains or corporate owned restaurants, rainforests would be in better shape.

Q: “why is the slaughter of 10,000 million animals an environmental issue per se ? Only if the animals themselves are damaging the environment, and therefore shouldnt exist in the first place, which is the real issue.”

A: I completely agree with you on this. If the animals didn’t exist, the support infrastructure behind it would not exist either. Considering that animal agriculture produces more global warming gases than all the cars and trucks on the planet, getting rid of them would be a huge help. The point to this statement is help alleviate the suffering of billions of sentient beings on factory farms. To your point, if the animals don’t exist…they can’t suffer.

Q: “while on a personal level improving your health is a good thing, extending human life expectancy adds to the problem of the over population of the world, which increases demands on the earth’s limited resources.”

A: Again, we see eye to eye on this one. There are many factors that go into population growth and life expectancy. I am of the opinion that healthy people cost society less than unhealthy people. I do not think that health necessarily correlates to life expectancy though. I consider myself pretty healthy, but after work tonight I can get hit by a bus and killed on the way home. There are stories of people having heart attacks while they’re running. This is a tough one…but I do agree that this planet can not support all its inhabitants, especially if everyone on it lives like western societies do. Future population growth is going to cause a tremendous strain on it for sure.

 
 
Comment by eric
2007-04-19 09:51:42

I got to thinking about your comment on health last night. Take a look at today’s post and let me know what you think.

 
Comment by Paul Subscribed to comments via email
2007-04-19 10:45:54

I would like to know where you got all your facts from? I work in the sustainability field and would love to know that these are indeed true facts. I eye them with suspicion until proven otherwise!!

E.g. If I dont eat meat on a Friday, there are 52 Fridays in a year. If I usually eat a ham sandwich for lunch and beefburger or three for dinner and I give these up for one day a week, over the whole year how is it possible that 245lbs of grain is saved?

Please prove me wrong I would love it!

 
Comment by eric
2007-04-19 13:10:15

Paul, good questions! I assure you that after much research these are fact are correct, based on using averages. Please check out our reference page for the math and references on these numbers http://wannaveg.com/references/

For the example you cite on grain savings. The calculation is based on kg then converted to pounds. To get this calculation, I took 16kg(35lbs) (the average amount of meat saved by going veg one day a week) and multiplied it by 7kg (the amount of grain it takes to produce 1kg of meat) and came up with 246lbs/112kg of grain saved. I hope this helps to clarify, please let me know if you have any other questions.

 
 
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