Thursday, July 26, 2012

Can You Go Meat-Free for Just One Day?

This year Animal Freedom Day will take place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, July 28-30. People are encouraged to attend through the live web cam and to pledge to go meat-free for at least one of the three days.

“This day is not just for vegans, vegetarians or animal activists” says Nadia Masoudi, the 19 year old founder. “It is a worldwide celebration; encapsulating people from all walks of life to come together and help our world.”

We know that many of our customers and employees are meat-free every day, but we also know that many of our customers and employees enjoy meat regularly. And of course, we encourage and provide organic and free-range meat options. But, check out the statistics below, going meat-free for only one day can do amazing things for us, the animals and the planet!

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would save:
 - 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost 4 months;
 - 1.5 billion pounds of crops otherwise fed to livestock, enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than a year;
 - 70 million gallons of gas — enough to fuel all the cars of Canada and Mexico combined with plenty to spare;
 - 3 million acres of land, an area more than twice the size of Delaware;
 - 33 tons of antibiotics.

If everyone went vegetarian just for one day, the U.S. would prevent:
 - Greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1.2 million tons of CO2, as much as produced by all of France;
 - Million tons of soil erosion and $70 million in resulting economic damages;
 - 4.5 million tons of animal excrement;
 - Almost 7 tons of ammonia emissions, a major air pollutant.

So, what do you think? Can you go a day without meat? Can you convince your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors? Can you turn a day into a week, month, year? Take the pledge and let us know in the comments. we might use your story on Facebook and Twitter!