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The Environmental Impact Of Eating Vegan For Just One Day

The Environmental Impact Of Eating Vegan For Just One Day

You can’t help but feel the tipping point. Steakhouses have vegan options, airport menus feature kale salad, grocers are dedicating more shelf space to plant-based items, and vegan food trucks are expanding. As a medical doctor, I have seen near miraculous improvements in health when patients adopt a vegan diet—whether they jump right in the pool or dip their toe for a while before entering.

The environmental impact of becoming a vegan.

It may be hard to measure the health and environmental effects of just a single day on a vegan diet, but my patients often experience big changes in how they look and feel after just one week. As for the environmental impact, I thank my friend Kathy Freston, who previously published data detailing what the impact would be if every U.S. citizen adopted a vegetarian diet for just one day. Keeping in mind that the impact of going full vegan would be even greater than vegetarian, as a country we would save:

  • 100 billion gallons of water, enough to supply all the homes in New England for almost four months
  • 1.5 billion pounds of crops that would otherwise be fed to livestock—enough to feed the state of New Mexico for more than…

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