Consider Going Veggie for Climate Week 21-27 March 2011

March 21 to 27 is Climate Week and is the time for each person to do what they can to create a better future and to protect our home here on Earth. Everyone throughout the UK will be exchanging ways to lower the footprint we have on the environment.

The Vegetarian Society believes that what we eat has the biggest impact on our environment. So they have created a new flyer, ‘Going veggie for the environment.’ In it they defend the choice for becoming vegetarian as a significant impact on the environment for the good. The flyer is free to download at www.vegsoc.org or call 0161 925 2000 to order copies.

Some quick facts and figures for Climate Week:

Livestock production is responsible for 70% of the Amazon deforestation in Latin America, where the rainforest has been cleared to create new pastures.
A typical diet requires up to 2.5 times the amount of land compared to a veggie diet and 5 times that of a vegan diet.
It takes around 1-2,000 litres of water to produce a kilo of wheat and somewhere between 13,000 litres and 100,000 litres for a kilo of beef.
By feeding grain and vegetables directly to people (rather than livestock) we can increase the amount of food available to everyone.

If you want to find out more take a look at the Vegetarian Society’s comprehensive guide ‘Why it’s green to go vegetarian.’ Going vegetarian is a positive choice for the environment, but you can do more by eating organic, seasonal, locally-grown produce wherever possible and by reducing your dairy intake. For some delicious seasonal recipes visit www.vegsoc.org