I have recently decided to go vegetarian with a friend. This decision was partially influenced by my Global Environment class at UCLA and partially by my own desire to have a healthier diet. As a meat lover and a student living on-campus, the challenge will be difficult, as there are, what seems like, many delicious meat options in the dining facilities and few vegetarian. However, I’d like to invite you to join in on my journey to explore the feasibility of vegetarianism as a college student living on campus! What’s holding you back from living up to the challenge?
Environmental Reasons to Eat Green:
–Wastes Resources: feeding the animals that feed us requires an inefficient amount of land, and an excessively large amount of water for transportation.
–Water Depletion: More water is being used for crops to raise animals. Groundwater aquifers have been quickly depleting in the last century.
–Species Extinction: Rainforests have been destroyed at a rapid rate to clear land for cattle grazing. Habitats are being destroyed, reducing species diversity.
–Global Warming: The meat industry generates more greenhouse gases than all our vehicles altogether.
“The way that we breed animals for food is a threat to the planet. It pollutes our environment while consuming huge amounts of water, grain, petroleum, pesticides and drugs. The results are disastrous.”
-Dr. David Brubaker, PhD at Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Livable Future
- Yumi Media Congratulates CSUN Students for Vegetarianism (prweb.com)
- Quorn Foods Wants to Help People Make the Switch to a Vegetarian Diet (prweb.com)
- Raising a Vegetarian Child (everydayfamily.com)