- Reducing your carbon footprint! The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide (far more than transportation!)http://www.clean-energy-ideas.com/natural_detox/high_energy_foods.html
- Minimizing your water usage! Livestock need a ton of water--far more than they need vegetables or grains. An estimated 2,000 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef. That means your quarter-pounder is using around 500 gallons of water! (Holy COW)
- Helping Reduce Fossil Fuel Dependence! On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. Skip the meat and you are cutting fossil fuel demand!
And after a day full of vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains...treat yourself to a cookie, or seven. You deserve it.