How many vegetarian options does the cafeteria at your office offer?  In general a vegetarian diet requires fewer resources, and thus has a far lower environmental impact.  Meat production uses a lot of resources including energy, water and grain. It takes 100 times more water to produce a pound of meat than a pound of wheat.  Essentially you would save more water by not eating a single pound of beef than you would by not showering for an entire year!!  A 6 ounce steak uses over 24 times as much fossil fuels as the same equivalent of vegetables and rice.

Eating more vegetarian also saves trees. One of the causes of rainforest deforestation is to create grazing land. When a person becomes a vegetarian they are essentially saving an acre of trees per year. Additionally, cows are the biggest contributor to methane gas, which is one of the primary causes of global warming

Adding more vegetarian options doesn’t mean there won’t still be meat options.  If there are more vegetarian options and variety to choose from often employees will choose them. Vegetarian Times has some great vegetarian recipes.

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