Today, October 15 is the official Blog Action Day in which nearly 7,000 bloggers worldwide will blog about the subject of Global Warming in an attempt to increase awareness and generate change! Now this is an exciting event and with that number of participants you would think I would be ecstatic—and I was—until I noticed another number 45. 45 is the number of food bloggers participating. Why is this depressing to me? Because the single most effective way an individual can decrease global warming is by changing the food they eat. I know some of my friends are shaking their heads as they get behind the steering wheels of their hybrids and while I good naturedly kid you all that my Veganism trumps your Prius…..here are the facts about animal agriculture and the environment.
A 2006 United Nations report found that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all the SUVs, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined.
According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than a half-million cars off U.S. roads.
The University of Chicago reports that going vegan is 50% more effective than switching to a hybrid car in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Those of you who know me personally, know that I can be an all or nothing kind of gal so for me Veganism is the answer. Because it fits on so many levels: environmental, spiritual, ethics and health. But any step you take can help improve the health of the planet.
Think seriously about reducing or eliminating your consumption of animal products. You can still get the really cool car if you want to.
If you still need more convincing here’s a little light reading http://www.earthsave.org/news/earthsave_global_warming_report.pdf
Earthsave’s report on how the environmental movement has really missed the boat by not advocating for vegetarian diets and how that strategy can be changed.
Returning tomorrow with more delicious foods including my first attempt at jelly making!