DON'T WANT TO JUST TAKE MY WORD ON THIS STUFF?
I don't blame you. But check out what these other folks have to say...
"The more meat everybody eats, the more polluting it is and the more wasteful it is."
"The future is about a plant-based diet."
"Raising meat takes a great deal of land and…has a substantial environmental impact."
"I've stopped eating meat, cheese, milk, even fish. No dairy at all. I wanted to live to be a grandfather, so I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival."
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
"Anchoring a plate with a massive hunk of animal protein is so last century."
CEO OF TYSON FOODS, ONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST MEAT COMPANIES
"Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based. So I think the migration may continue in that direction."
THE SIERRA CLUB
"Eliminating or reducing meat consumption in our diets is one important way to reduce our contribution to climate change…So enjoy Meatless Mondays, Tofu Tuesdays, Salad Sundays and everything in between. Because a locally sourced plant heavy diet is not only good for you, but good for our planet too."
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL (NRDC)
"Eating plant-forward dishes can go a long way in reducing diet-related carbon emissions."
"For every pound of beef produced in the industrial system, it takes two thousand gallons of water. That is a lot of water and there is plenty of evidence that the earth cannot keep up with the demand."
"I’m eating less meat these days myself, and I’m proud of it…Twenty-eight percent of greenhouse gases come from livestock farming, so cutting back on meat consumption even slightly can have a big, positive impact."
"My diet had…a gradual trend toward less and less meat, even less and less fish, until now I rely so much on other sorts of protein, on many vegetables, most of them farm raised, and on fruits and pastas. My shift has been the result of many things—books like Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals, films such as Food, Inc., and my own observations of factory farms, feedlots, fish farms, and the condition of the meats and fish sold in many of our supermarkets."
THE UNITED NATIONS FOOD & AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION
"Diversify Your Diet. Try to eat an all-veggie meal…instead of one meat meal a week. More natural resources are used to provide meat than plants."
"The reality is that it takes massive amounts of land, water, fertilizer, oil and other resources to produce meat. Significantly more than it requires to grow other nutritious and delicious kinds of food."
FRANCES MOORE LAPPE
AUTHOR OF DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET
"To ask the biggest questions, we can start with the personal: what do we eat? What we eat is within our control, yet the act ties us to the economic, political and ecological order of our whole planet. Even an apparently small change—consciously choosing a diet that is good for both our bodies and the earth—can lead to a series of choices that transform our whole lives."
CEO OF THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
"The American Heart Association recognizes the role of plant-based foods in a healthy dietary pattern. Use Meatless Mondays as another opportunity to eat a well-balanced diet."
THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH
"The research shows one thing very clearly: we all need to eat more plants and less meat."
"Many of us feel helpless in the face of environmental challenges, and it can be hard to know how to sort through the advice about what we can do to make a meaningful contribution to a cleaner, more sustainable, healthier world. Having one designated meat free day a week is a meaningful change that everyone can make, that goes to the heart of several important political, environmental and ethical issues all at once."
DR. JANE GOODALL
"If the factory farming industry does indeed unravel—and it must—then there is hope that we can, gradually, reverse the environmental damage it has caused... None of this will be easy. The hardest part about returning to a truly healthy environment may be changing the current totally unsustainable heavy-meat-eating culture of increasing numbers of people around the world. But we must try. We must make a start, one by one."
THE RACHEL CARSON COUNCIL
"Beef, barbecue, and chicken wreak havoc on the air, water, soil and on the health and well-being of communities."
SIR RICHARD BRANSON
"Reducing meat consumption is a growing trend, driven by health and environmental considerations… I feel healthier, more active and by making my diet more varied, I never feel like I’m missing out on anything."
"Most people are eating more vegetables at this point. It’s a good way to live and it’s a good way to have a healthy long natural life."
"If you’re driving a Prius or you’re shopping green or looking for organic, you should probably be a semi-vegetarian."
"Reduce your red meat intake to help the environment."
"A plant-based diet can and will change your life."
"We can make a commitment to promote vegetables and fruits and whole grains on every part of every menu."
EARTH DAY NETWORK
"Did you know that the meat industry is responsible for approximately 20% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? In fact, producing one calorie of meat requires nearly twenty times the amount of energy as one plant calorie! With global meat consumption tripling over the last four decades, the meat industry now emits over 36 billion tons of greenhouse gases annually and is showing no signs of slowing down. If we want to make a real dent in the world’s carbon footprint and reduce our own personal footprint, we need to eat less meat."
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND
"If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetables and grains, for example, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads."
"The growing meat intensity of diets around the world is one of the issues connected to this global crisis."
CEO OF THE HUMANE SOCIETY OF THE U.S.
"The same factory farmers who intensively confine animals and deal them never-ending privation also release massive volumes of untreated animal waste, making life miserable for people and animals."
CEO OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
"As an environmentalist, I think our global consumption of meat is far too high."
"If more people had vegetarian or vegan diets, especially in the developed world, the environmental impact would be significant."
ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.
"The factory meat industry has polluted thousands of miles of America’s rivers, killed billions of fish, pushed tens of thousands of family farmers off their land, sickened and killed…U.S. citizens, and treated millions of animals with unspeakable and unnecessary cruelty."
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GREENPEACE U.K.
"Factory farming is not only unacceptably cruel, but unsustainably inefficient."