How to Allieviate the Water Crisis? Become Vegan!
As a child I was raised as a lacto-ovo vegetarian. Although, I have always been taught eating meat was unhealthy and reduced longevity, I decided to experiment in college. Unlike the common saying, everything does NOT taste like chicken. I have found there are no soy or vegetarian substitutes that even come close to mango habanero chicken wings or freshly grilled salmon. However, I have experienced some consequences of eating meat such as reduced mental clarity, weight gain, and I recently have also discovered it has increased my water footprint on the enviornment.
According to National Geographic's website, it takes 1,799 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, so a quarter pound hamburger uses about 630 gallons to make. At the same time, one pound of wheat takes only 132 gallons, which translates to 11 gallons of water for a slice of bread. Fruits, vegetables, and grains use much less water to produce as compared to meat and dairy products. Hence, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the United Nations intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and other experts have suggested people should reduce their meat and dairy consumption. This will help curb fuel fossil use, reduce water consumption, increase resource sustainability, and help save the environment.
Do you live to eat or do you eat to live? Would you be willing to consider giving up meat and dairy to allieviate the water crisis? I'm not sure if I am willing to give it all up, but would you be willing to consider at least one meat-free day a week to help save the enviornment? Have you recently become vegetarian or vegan? If so, do you have any suggestions or good recipes?
Learn more about how much water it takes for the products and food you use at: http://environment.
nationalgeographic.com/ environment/freshwater/ embedded-water/