April 20, 2010
Help Animals; Protect the Planet
Vegetarian choices help animals and the environment
Did you know that factory farms are the cause of some of the worst environmental problems facing us today? More and more attention is being paid to the connection between climate change and animal agribusiness, with unprecedented exposure examining the problem, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and other animal welfare and environmental charities.
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, animal agriculture is a top contributor to global climate change.
Across the United States, these factory farms create huge amounts of waste—three times as much as people. The manure pollutes our soil, water, and air. They can also harm the health and quality of life of people living nearby.
Animal factories also waste water, fuel, and other natural resources. Half the world's grain crops are fed to the world's 65 billion farm animals—when more than a billion people suffer from hunger.
Factory farms are also terrible for animals. In the United States alone, these operations annually raise and kill about 10 billion land animals. Just like dogs and cats, farm animals have their own personalities and interests—and can feel pain and pleasure. Yet every day, millions of them are abused on factory farms. They're mutilated. They're crammed into tiny cages. And they endure often-agonizing slaughter.
The good news is that you can help.
Fortunately, one of the best ways each of us can help protect the planet and improve animal welfare is by simply eating fewer animals and instead choosing from a wide variety of meatless foods—foods that are satisfying, delicious, and easy to find or prepare.
Let's help get you started! Check out more information about the effects of our food choices on the planet. Download our free Guide to Vegetarian Eating, and try some of our recipes. You can try choosing vegetarian one day a week or do even more—the decision is yours. When you complete our survey, we'll send you a print copy of our Guide to Vegetarian Eating, and we'll even throw in some free coupons to introduce you to some delicious and healthy vegetarian foods!