What is the title of your report?
LESS IMPACT THROUGH: Going Vegetarian Once A Week "Meatless Monday"
(A) We are going to study changes in the environment from going vegetarian once a week, and how it will make less of an impact.
(B) There are many reasons to go vegetarian once a week, or more if you're feeling risky. One major one is the situation concerning the overheating of the planet (3).
. Global climate change emissions of animals bred for their meet accounted for 18% of the global total (3). This isn't anything new, humans are cognizant of the vast amounts of food and water that emit methane and other detrimental greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that yields to mountains of physical waste. In addition, the issue concerning the exploitation of land is a major consequence of the overload of meat consumption that going vegetarian would allow less of an impact on (6).
There are currently many programs going on around the world dedicated to supporting this broad ideal. One specifically known as the "Meatless Monday" program. Created by the John Hopkins' Bloomberg School of Public Health, this program is designed to help reduce an individual's meat consumption by 15% in order to improve their personal health and health of the planet (1). According to the programs founders,going meatless once a week may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also help reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel (1).
- (C) It would make a great deal of a difference if this movement swept across Santiago. Studies show that...
- -It takes about 60 pounds of water to produce a pound of potatoes, 108 for a pound of wheat, 168 for a pound of corn, 229 for a pound of rice, and 12,000 gallons for a pound of meat (4).
- *People normally consume 1.5 pounds of meat in one day, that's 18,000 gallons of water per day, 126,000 gallons per week, 504,000 gallons per month, 6,048,000 gallons per year!
- Santiago: Population: 3800 GRAND TOTAL OF WATER USE PER YEAR ON AVERAGE: 22982400000
- Corona: Population: 152374 GRAND TOTAL OF WATER USE PER YEAR ON AVERAGE: 92155795000
- The USA: 311591917 GRAND TOTAL OF WATER USE PER YEAR ON AVERAGE: 1884507914016000
- -The meat and livestock industry is responsible for 37% of methane and 65% of nitrous oxide emissions in the world (5)
- -In the United States, 80% of aquatic habitats in streams have been harmed and negatively impacted by the grazing of livestock.
-Protein production through the consumption of livestock requires 8 times as much fossil fuels to be produced than protein derived from plants (2).
- Problem: Meat consumption proves detrimental to the environment through depletion of land, ecological costs, and an increased carbon footprint (7). To what extent will visiting different local grocery stores like Sprouts, Albertson's and Vons affect how many people we will find that are trying to reduce their meat consumption.
- Hypothesis : Cutting meat consumption once a week (Monday) will pose environmental benefits as well as personal positive implications due to the health benefits this change beholds.
- We believe that out of the three grocery stores we will visit, sprouts will have the largest amount of people cutting back on their meat consumption. Sprouts will be followed by Albertsons, and then Vons with the least amount.
Independent Variable: The different grocery stores we visited Dependent Variable: amount of people cutting back meat consumption and willing to cut back
Methods & Materials : We decided to take surveys outside of Sprouts, Albertons, and Vons. Using a unbiased control group we were able to gather information to aid our research.
b) Our questions consisted of
1. The number of people who don't consume meat once a week
2. Number of people who know about Meatless Monday
3. Number of people willing to change their meat consumption once a week
4. How many days a week individuals consume meat.
We also interviewed Cathy Hildebrand about her feelings on lessening our meat consumption.
"we live in a world where we waste so much, it's a shame"
-Vegetarian and local sprouts shopper.
(E)We asked individuals the following questions pertaining Meatless Monday:
1. Do you know about meatless Monday?
2. Are you willing to cut meat consumption from one day a week?
3. Do you eat meat every day of the week?
4. Do you not consume meat once a week?
5. How many times a week do you eat meat?
6. Are you willing to give up meat at least once a week?
(F) As a group we have learned many things due to our research. There are a lot of people willing to cut down their meat consumption by one day, but they chose not to for various reasons.In the end, this meatless Monday revolution can happen, it is a very realistic thing to do that can help assuage our carbon footprint, and save land. Ultimately, if it takes 12,000 gallons of water for one pound of meat and most of the vast quantities are thrown out and wasted, we are depleting our water resources. In conclusion,
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