Did you know that it takes 1,800 galloons (nearly 7000 litres) of water to produce a single pound of beef? That's ten times the amount required to produce a pound of wheat.
So what can be done? Well, if all Americans cut out meat completely just one day a week, it would be like taking 7.6 million cars off the road for an entire year. If you haven't joined the "Meatless Monday" crusade, maybe this Earth Day you will! There are so many alternatives and options available today, there's really no reason not to.
Here are some great sources for meat-free recipes:
Jamie Oliver Vegan Recipes
Oh She Glows (healthy vegan recipes)
Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes
Post Punk Kitchen (amazing vegan comfort food and baking)
Vega Recipe Centre (great recipes for athletes, pre/post-workout smoothies, etc.)
A 2006 report from the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization titled "Livestock's Long Shadow" details the significant and wide-reaching negative environmental impacts of the livestock sector.
You can read that report in its entirety here:
Or read more about the environmental impacts of meat production.