Bodybuilder are told to consume between one to two grams of protein per pound of body weight.
Think about that for a minute.
That means in order for a 185-pound person they will have to consume one to two chickens per day. 356 to 712 chickens per year.
To feed those chickens, it takes six times the amount of grain to produce one gram of animal protein.
It is no surprise then to discover, 83% of our agriculture land is used to feed this livestock (which only produces 18% of the world’s calories) and 27% of the world’s fresh water consumption is used for producing this animal feed.
Hamburgers are not any better. One hamburger uses 660 gallons of embedded water, 26 ounces of oil and seven pounds of coal to reach your plate.
Animal agriculture alone is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions.
By some estimates, if people in the United States switched from a meat diet to a whole food/ plant-based diet, it would be like cutting 660 million cars off the road.
We haven’t even talked about the cost of our health and well-being. Medical care continues to climb while heart disease continues to be the number one killer for Americans.
By the time you have finished this blog, four Americans will have died by heart disease.
Like everything, what we eat is a story. A story we tell ourselves and to others. And clearly is a story of inefficiency.
Right now, the script is reversed. It is more convenient to find and eat a hamburger than it is to find and eat an apple. But what if we could make it more efficient to eat fruits and vegetables? It is possible to make clean eating more readily available? Making it the first step to grab in the fridge or the first place we see on the side of the road. It’s possible.
What we eat affects our only two homes we got: our environment and our bodies.