Vegetarians Vs. Omnivores
The world is changing for the worst all thanks to animal protein. In 2016 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimated that Americans ate an average of 92.1 pounds of chicken, 50.4 pounds of pork, and 54.3 pounds of beef, per person every year. (Per Capita Consumption) While meat is the most convenient source of protein, vegetarian diets are better for people because it decreases pollution, conserves resources, and is better for your health.
Global warming is becoming a bigger issue every day. NASA predicts that the earth’s surface temperature is going to rise between two and six degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century. A vegetarian diet leads to lower greenhouse gas. Greenhouse gases are made by enteric fermentation (aka animal burps and poots, methane equals bad), deforestation to make room for grazing animals and growing their feed, and manure decomposition. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, raising animals for consumption creates 18% of global greenhouse gases. That’s more than transportation! Producing only one pound of hamburger meat makes just as much greenhouse gas as driving a little car almost 20 miles. One pound of pork equals about 5 miles, and one pound of potatoes is only 0.34 miles. A study found that diets including meat protein cause the creation of up to 54% more greenhouse gas emissions than vegetarian diets. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, a