Earth Day 2013

The first ever Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 and has been celebrated every year for the past 43 years. In 1970, the care-free sixties were over and people were starting to realize that the choices we make have a long lasting impact on the environment. This year will be no different as people from all over the country join together to participate in special celebrations of this planet we call home.
One of the biggest impacts we can make on the environment are the foods we choose to purchase and consume. It takes more fossil fuels to raise animals to eat than it takes to grow plant foods.
If all Americans were to go vegetarian for JUST ONE DAY it could save:
  • 100 billion gallons of water
  • 1.5 billion pounds of crops fed to livestock
  • 70 million gallons of gas
  • 3 million acres of land
  • 33 tons of antibiotics
If every American changed just ONE meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.
It’s as simple as starting out with one vegetarian meal per week. Here are some ideas:
Oatmeal with almond milk and blueberries
Whole wheat toast with peanut butter and banana
Vegetable Soup with piece of house made bread
Hummus with pita, carrots and cucumber slices
Vegetable stir-fry with tofu and rice
Veggie quesadilla with black beans, salsa and avocado

How will you celebrate Earth Day?

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