MorningStar Farms has just released the Veg Effect Calculator, a creative resource that shows you how eating a vegetarian diet can improve not only your health, but our environment too. As part of this this introduction, the world-renowned vegetarian brand has released the findings from their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) study of both plant-based foods and meat directly into the calculator. MorningStar Farms was inspired to create the Veg Effect Calculator so that everyone can see the good impact their veggie meal can have on the environment.
The calculator allows you to see what would change if you decided to make at least one day meat-free. The calculator includes both the number of meals and the number of people. This amazing MorningStar Farms tool starts at just one for both the number of meals you would change and the number of people. So, say you were to go vegetarian for one meal, once a week you would say over 3,600 gallons of water, 184 car miles and 1,000 square feet of land. The calculator also demonstrates examples which are modestly impressive. With three meals a day and 7 days a week, the Veg Effect Calculator delivers results up to 21. What if you decide to go vegetarian for one year, how would this impact our environment? Well, you would save 76,000 gallons of water, 3,800 car miles, and over 22,000 square feet of land. That is what it takes for you to make that change.
Say you decide to spread this message and four of your friends are interested; however, they do not want to go fully vegetarian or vegan every single day for every single meal. Instead, they just want to enjoy plant-based food only once a day. This kind of impact would save over 18,000 gallons of water, almost 1,000 car miles and over 5,000 square feet of land. If you decide you want to eat plant-based three days a week (or for breakfast, lunch and dinner for one day) for one year, but you would save over 10,000 gallons of water, over 550 car miles and over 3,000 square feet of land. Now, if you add just four of friends to this particular goal you would save over 50,000 gallons of water, almost 3,000 car miles and almost 16,000 square feet of land which is displayed by the MorningStar Farms Veg Effect Calculator.
What if an entire city went vegetarian and vegan for just one meal a day? What about an entire state? How about the entire country? For just one average city in the United States alone, you would save almost 500 million gallons of water, 23 million car miles and 132 million square feet of land. If an entire state decided to embrace the vegetarian lifestyle and enjoyed plant-based for one meal a week, they would be saving over 17 billion gallons of water, 880 million car miles and 5 billion square feet of land. If the entire United States decided to eat vegetarian for just once a week out of the year they would save almost 900 billion gallons of water, over 45 billion car miles and almost 260 billion square feet of land. This is just for one meal a day for an entire year.
As you can see, the benefits of a plant-based diet are quite extensive. Not only on your health, but on our environment and the life of this planet. Thankfully there is a new source that can help you make the right decisions and choices. For more information about the Veg Effect Calculator, visit MorningStar Farms today.