I originally posted the following news commentary onto my Facebook wall…
The Startling Effects of Going Vegetarian for Just One Day:
(Kathy Freston, AlterNet.org) – Sometimes, solutions to the world’s biggest problems are right in front of us. The following statistics are eye-opening, to say the least.
I’ve written extensively on the consequences of eating meat — on our health, our sense of “right living”, and on the environment. It is one of those daily practices that has such a broad and deep effect that I think it merits looking at over and over again, from all the different perspectives. Sometimes, solutions to the world’s biggest problems are right in front of us. The following statistics are eye-opening, to say the least.
If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
- 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
- 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
- 70 million gallons of gas — enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
- 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
- 33 tons of antibiotics.
My Commentary: Want to solve the world’s starvation problem, improve your health, and help clean up the environment in a single act of personal restraint? GO VEGETARIAN! Eating meat is a luxury that the human race cannot afford to maintain! Don’t be fooled into believing that it is a natural part of our human “evolution”! Our higher brain functions and bodily strength are based upon PROTEIN consumption, not FLESH consumption! There IS a difference!!!!
“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” – Albert Einstein
“One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” – Henry David Thoreau