by Heather Moore
April 18, 2008
If you’re concerned about the environment–and your fellow Earthlings–consider commemorating Earth Day, April 22, by adopting a vegan diet. Doing so will not only help halt global warming; it will also help alleviate world hunger.
Cows, chickens, pigs, and other farmed animals are fed more than 70 percent of the grains grown in the U.S. The world’s cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people. It is far more efficient and economical to eat grains and soybeans-and all the foods that can be made from them-directly rather than funneling them through farmed animals. A 2002 E Magazine article estimated that the amount of feed needed to produce just one 8-ounce steak would fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.
Meat production also requires massive amounts of water and land. About 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce a pound of meat; only 25 gallons are needed to produce a pound of wheat. Food for a vegan can be produced on only 1/6 acre of land, while it takes 3 1/4 acres of land to produce food for a meat-eater.
We can all save the environment and help the hungry-not to mention billions of animals-by going vegan. To learn more, visit http://www.GoVeg.com.