Happy April!

Today I decided I am declaring April to be the month I blog about things that are good for the environment, eco-friendly facts, tips & happenings around the world.

EXCITING, RIGHT!?!?

So, since I came up with this idea today, I obviously don’t have this planned out – I’m not a planner. Today’s topic is the first thing that came to my mind:

Environmental Vegetarianism

(via Wiki) Environmental vegetarianism is the practice of vegetarianism or veganism based on the indications that animal production, particularly by intensive agriculture, is environmentally unsustainable.[1] The primary environmental concerns with animal products are pollution and the use of resources such as fossil fuels, water, and land.

While for us, personally, going vegetarian for the environment wasn’t what pushed us off the carnivore wagon, it was what made the decision to jump really easy for me. While there are many many many advantages of not eating meat … not eating meat for the environment gave me big warm and fuzzies.

Let’s be real. We all believe in global warming, right?  Well, a little Googling will tell you that raising the animals that Americans devour every day is a major source of air pollution.

Science Fact: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that roughly 80 percent of ammonia emissions in the U.S. come from animal waste.(12) A California study found that a single dairy cow “emits 19.3 pounds of volatile organic compounds per year, making dairies the largest source of the smog-making gas, surpassing trucks and passenger cars.”(13)  (via PETA)

American meat farms are also a major source of water pollution!

Another Science Fact (also via PETA ~ above source): Farmed animals produce more than 10 times as much excrement as does the entire human population of the United States, (ewwwww) & agricultural runoff is the #1 source of pollution to our waterways.

What Can You Do?

Easy. Eat less meat. I know going cold turkey (<snort> pun) is a huge step. So maybe try baby steps? Go 1, 2 or 3 days a week meatless. Just 2 days a week meatless reduces your consumption by 28.5% !! That’s a pretty hefty baby step.

Or just do the cold turkey thing and not eat meat at all. It’s not hard, really. I don’t miss it. I never even missed it a year ago when we did the cold turkey thing and went 100% veg. And this is coming from a girl that loved her Five Guys burgers and weekend bacon breakfast lots and lots!

Stay tuned for more enviro-blogging for April/Earth Month!

Care to share? I want to know what things you do that are good for our Earth.

xo, Tabi :D

p.s. In other exciting news: I’m the lucky girl who will be the Life of the Party at the MTM Mixer this week!! Whoop! Be sure to head over this Friday & link up. Peruse some new blogs and gain some new followers!

 

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