I love cheeseburgers. Hodad’s, Rocky’s, Five Guys … they’re all my favorites. But for next week, I’ve decided to drop the burgers and go vegetarian during San Diego Veg Week. I invite you to join me and several other staff members here at San Diego Coastkeeper as we go meatless from September 25-October 2.
Here are 5 ways that eating vegetarian can help protect the environment:
- It takes 12,009 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. That means you can save more water by forgoing one pound of beef, or four hamburgers, than by not showering for a year.
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, or “CAFOs” are a major source of water pollution around the country. Animal waste and feed cropland dump more pollutants into our waterways than all other human activities combined.
- Meat production is a major contributor to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico—7,000 square miles where dissolved oxygen in the water is too low to support marine life.
- Cow farts are a major source of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.By passing on the burger, you can reduce your contribution to global climate change.
- Nearly half the water consumed in this country and 70 percent of the grain grown is used for livestock, mostly cattle.