If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the US 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 of the drivers of Canada and Mexico combined.
- 3 million acres of land — an area twice the size of Delaware
- 33 tons of antibiotics.
My favorite statistic is this: 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 half a million cars off of U.S. roads.
See how easy it is to make an impact?
We have always said that if you don’t care enough about yourself to eat right, then at least do it for your family. Well, these surprising calculations from Alternet give us another mantra: if you don’t care enough about yourself to eat right, then at least do it for your planet.