Since high school, I had limited the amount of red meat I eat because heart disease and cancer run in my family. When I decided to become a vegetarian, it was easy to eliminate meat from my diet altogether since I hadn't been eating much. Many people ask me if I felt different -- healthier. I have to admit I didn't feel different, but that is probably because I wasn't eating much in the first place. I felt more of a difference when I stopped drinking diet Coke. But that is the topic for another blog...
When I became a vegetarian, I had no idea I was being green. A few years later, I saw the following statistic from World Watch Institute at Great Sage -- one of my favorite vegetarian/vegan/green restaurants which is in Clarksville, Maryland. The statistic was:
It takes 25 gallons of water to make 1 pound of wheat
and 2,500 gallons of water to make 1 pound of meat
Scary stuff. To learn more about how beef impacts the environment, watch this brief (6:47) video which is a trailer to the film "The Secret Life of Beef". I bet it has an impact on you.
If you are a regular meat eater, trying having a Meatless Monday. Or perhaps a Meatless Thursday. The generations who come after us will thank you.