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In recognition of Earth Day, I think it is appropriate to acknowledge some of the changes we can make in our daily lives to help preserve and protect the planet. We don't live "on" planet Earth, we live "in" it. We're part of it and we can make a difference through our actions.
Did you know, US food consumption is 2,200 pounds per person per year, just over six pounds of food a day? This comes out to roughly 3,800 calories per person per day.
On average, we consume 280 calories of sugar per person per day and 580 calories from fats per person per day. Half of the total US land area is used for food production and 80% of our fresh water is used for food production.
The Average American Consumes:
600 cans of soda per year
15 pounds of potato chips per year
50 pounds of popcorn per year
When looking at resources for food production, consider the following:
Corn uses 600,000 gallons of water per acre
Rice uses 1,000,000 gallons of water per acre
1 loaf of bread takes 250 gallons of water to produce
1 pound of beef requires 5,000 gallons of water to produce
Plant-Based diet eaters save about 50% more energy than the average person.
The United States produces 7 million sheep, 100 million cattle, and 9 billion chickens per year for human food consumption. The resources required for this level of production are immense, with global implications, and come with a major price. We pay a price with our health, with our quality of lives, with our wallets and the overall environment around us.
By choosing a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle, you contribute significantly less overall environmental destruction and help protect our home. Compassion really does begin on your plate. Please join us in our quest to protect mother Earth.
Consider a diet based on fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, grains, and seeds. The primary sources of nutrition; vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids all come in their original forms from plant-based whole foods. Eat plants for optimal nutrition and optimal compassion.Recommended Reading:
Comfortably Unaware by Dr. Richard Oppenlander http://comfortablyunaware.comhttp://www.opes.bizhttp://www.opescookies.comhttp://twitter.com/#!/DrOppenlander