By now we all know that animal agriculture places an enormous strain on our planet. Between greenhouse gases, pollution, deforestion, soil erosion, cruelty, the list goes on…we have a very compelling reason to go vegetarian, even one day a week. Check out this statistic found by Akifumi Ogino of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan.

A kilogram of (…conventionally farmed…) beef is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution than driving for 3 hours while leaving all the lights on back home.

Now consider the impact of going vegetarian just one day a week. By making this simple change in the way you eat, over the course of a year you will save 15kg (35lbs) of meat. Based on Mr. Ogino’s research, that’s like driving a car for 45 hours and leaving all the lights on in your home at the same time…more time than a standard work week! This is a pretty easy thing to do and our planet (and every living being on it) will appreciate it.

A kilogram of beef is responsible for the equivalent of the amount of CO2 emitted by the average European car every 250 kilometres, and burns enough energy to light a 100-watt bulb for nearly 20 days.

On the days that you choose to eat meat, consider eating grass-fed beef. A 2003 Swedish study showed that organic beef, raised on grass rather than concentrated feed, emits 40 per cent less greenhouse gases and consumes 85 per cent less energy.

For more information, check out the NewScientist article.

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Comment by hannah
2007-10-06 15:43:54

Vegetarianism is literally about life and death — for each of us individually and for all of us together.

Eating animals simultaneously contributes to: their suffering and death; the ill-health and early death of people; the unsustainable overuse of oil, water, land, topsoil, grain, labor, and other vital resources; environmental destruction, including deforestation, species extinction, mono-cropping, and global warming; the legitimacy of force and violence; the mis-allocation of capital, skills, land, and other assets; vast inefficiencies in the economy; tremendous waste; massive inequalities in the world; the continuation of world hunger and mass starvation; the transmission and spread of dangerous diseases; and moral failure in so-called civilized societies.

Vegetarianism is an antidote to all of these unnecessary tragedies.

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Comment by eric Subscribed to comments via email
2007-10-09 07:10:30

Thanks for posting. You speak the truth. We, as a species, are an equal opportunity exploiter of this planet and our own lives. It’s not just animals….it’s everything we come in contact with. I agree that many of our problems can be helped by going vegetarian, but also think that vegetarianism in itself will not change the “moral failure” on this planet. Ultimately, I believe power and money are the roots of this and until we change our views on these two things (that probably make up two of the most defining things “mankind”) we will continue to spiral down the path we have started. The only difference about us today, vs. say, the Romans, is that we are irrecoverably destroying the environment…and this will be our ultimate downfall.

Say, off topic, do you have any room for another link on your site? I like the site….you’ve amassed a bunch of great info. Take care and keep in touch.

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