Have you ever stopped to consider the resources required to produce your food?
Even now, our natural resources are already under intense strain: from our rainforests to oceans, the natural habitats of plants and animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. If our population continues to increase, we’re going to need to give some serious thought as to how we can adequately feed everyone while still protecting what natural environment is left.
The standard Western diet is extremely resource intensive. The majority of the food we produce goes to feed livestock, not hungry people.
An acre of cereal produces 5 times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production
An acre of legumes (beans, peas, lentils) can produce 10 times more protein
An acre of leafy vegetables can produce 15 times more protein
Even the Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology acknowledges that 10 billion people could be fed with the available crop land in America alone if everyone became vegan.
Sustaining a meat, dairy and egg-eating culture requires:
20 times more land
14 times more water
10-20 times more consumption of fossil fuels & other energy sources
than would be required to sustain a plant-based culture of the same size.
Animal agriculture is not only evil to the animals that it imprisons, enslaves, tortures, and kills; it is monumentally evil when we consider the harm it wreaks on the natural environment and the health of individual people, and finally, its exacerbating effects on world famine and hunger.
How can we help:
Sustainable cultivation of plant-based foods offers a common-sense response to hunger and malnutrition. Vegetables, legumes, grains, and fruits require minimal investment in water, energy, equipment, fertilizers and pesticides, and they cause negligible soil degradation and water pollution.
Our food choices truly do have the power to heal our broken food system, give species a fighting chance for survival, and pave the way for a truly sustainable future.
With the wealth of available plant-based options available, it has never been easier to eat with the planet in mind.
As part our environmental initiative, at Eat Complete, not only do we promote the plant-based diet as a healthy way to live for ourselves, but we also give back to those less fortunate, feeding a fresh plant-based meal to a child in need when your purchase from Eat Complete.