You are what you eat

Ahh, the classic cheese burger. The mother of all burgers and the cure for anything. Don’t mention the taste of it and you’d be crazy to say that a burger is harmful (in moderation).

Well, if you were to pull up ol’ Google and have a little look at where our meat and poultry comes from, you’d be surprised…

Or watch that devastatingly shocking Cowspiracy documentary on Netlix

To put it in hindsight, eating one burger wastes more water on the planet than 2 months of showering. Just one burger!

The average quarter pounder drains 1,695 litres of water, depending on where it is made and yet our demand for meat is going up! The Food and Agriculture Organization projects and increase of 76% in global meat consumption in the next 30 years.

The vegans of the world are nuisance right? However, did you know they take up 18 times less land than a meat eater when it comes to food produce? Extremists I say!

The amount of land to raise cattle is enormous when the farmer only needs half an acre to produce 37,000 pounds of plant based foods. Where as 1.5 acres only produces 375 pounds of meat. Maybe broccoli is the solution after all.

If you were to align the meat industry and the transportation industry next to each other and choose which one does more damage to the atmosphere, you definitely wouldn’t choose the burger.

Just because we don’t see where our food comes from – which is a massive issue in itself – doesn’t mean it is harmless. In fact, raising cattle around the world creates more greenhouse emissions that that of cars, boats, planes and trains combined.

This is largely due to livestock waste. These are big animals we are talking about that need huge amounts of maintenance and looking after and these beasts eat a lot and obviously go to the toilet a lot. The digestive process of cattle releases methane into the atmosphere, which is far more worse than the CO2 emitted from cars.

Imagine if everyone on the planet ate meat, although a large percentage of the global population already do, we down right need some more vegans on the planet to live a more sustainable life.

Reports from The Guardian claim that emissions from livestock make up 15% of global emissions. That’s a lot of gas to be floating around the air we breathe.

So the question is, why doesn’t everyone go from a meat based diet to a plant based? Not only for their health, but for the well-being of the planet and potentially others.

Veganism is the single biggest way to reduce our impact on the planet and could launch us into a new world of greener living.

The Independent reported that it is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car. So, you could either cut out traveling the world, or learn to cook plant based meals and get healthy on the way. I know what I would rather….

If it means sacrificing that Friday burger night you have for a junk food vegan binge – which is so much more satisfying – then that could be the key to saving the planet!

Check out Biff’s Jack Shack for the ultimate vegan junk food

Yes, plant production still has it’s downs – just like if you were to eat 9 bananas and die – it still completely outweighs the meat industry in terms of environmental sustainability.

What would you do?

Credit: William Wand – The Figure Head

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