With all of the recent natural disasters that have been occurring worldwide, such as the forest fires, the earthquake in Mexico, hurricane Irma and Harvey, I decided that it would be important to choose a topic related to the environment. After much thought and research I have decided to slowly begin to eliminate meat out of my diet. Some of you many wonder how eliminating meat is related to the environment. Well let me tell you some facts, “A staggering 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture,” (“Meat and the Environment,” n.d.). Crazy I know, but there is more, “it takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef, while producing 1 pound of tofu only requires 244 gallons of water. By going vegan, one person can save approximately 219,000 gallons of water a year,” (“Meat and the Environment,” n.d.). Are you not completely sold yet? There’s more,“using land to grow crops for animals is vastly inefficient. It takes almost 20 times less land to feed someone on a plant-based (vegan) diet than it does to feed a meat-eater since the crops are consumed directly instead of being used to feed animals,” (“Meat and the Environment,” n.d.). Now if all of those statistics do not make you want to reevaluate your diet then I don’t know what will.
Growing up I would estimate that I would have meat 10-14 times a week. Nearly every supper contained meat, whether that be adding chicken or steak into a salad, pasta or a stir fry. This practice has carried over into my adult life. I almost always add a meat to any meal as I find it is more filling not to mention I enjoy the taste as well. After hearing about some of the negatives of meat consumption I am beginning to see that I must decrease my meat intake. I know this will be challenging reducing meat out of my diet considering how dependent I was on meat but with the plethora of alternatives out there I am confident I will be able to overcome this, not only for myself but for the future generations as well. With that being said,
I, Jon Wilmot pledge to limit myself to eating meat twice a week for the first month, and I pledge that by the second month I will limit myself to incorporating meat into only one of my meals per week.
I encourage all of my classmates to join me and take the pledge to eliminate meat.
Meat and the Environment. (n.d.). Retrieved September 12, 2017, from https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/meat-environment/