Monday, April 27, 2015

Meatless Monday can aid California

For more than three years, California has been in a severe drought. In fact, the whole western portion of the United States has actually been experiencing similar dry spells. Because of the urgency and severity of this problem, real discussions about water conservation are being had in this part of the country.

Many of the actions that California has taken to reduce their water consumption, have been by the residents. The state has mandated urban water restriction, hoping to reach the goal of 25% reduction. However, this progress was been very slow. Some of the state's suggestions for reducing water consumption include decreasing shower time and using less water for outdoor gardens/watering.

Agriculture is another sector of life that has been heavily impacted by the drought. Maintaining food sources and crops within California has been increasingly difficult. The department of agriculture has been working tirelessly to figure out new ways of farming that can conserve water. However, one way to do this is to plant crops that are less water intensive. Research has proven that plant based foods require much less water than animal products. According to the Global Water Footprint, it takes approximately 253 gallons of water to produce a pound of chicken and up to 1,800 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef. Whereas a pound of tomatoes, wheat or potatoes takes less than 10 gallons of water. In addition, a significant amount of water is also needed to maintain the cleanliness of animal production sites. Overall, reducing meat consumption can drastically reduce water consumption. 

If you go vegetarian just ONE day a week, you will save 84,000 gallons of water in a year. This can make a huge difference when entire communities and states participate. By changing out eating habits, even just slightly, we can start fighting real problems that are occuring right here in the United States.

Eat a Portabella today!
- Jackie

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