So, I’ve been body building since January and I guess you could say I’m getting pretty bold about showing off.  I can tell you (from experience) that it’s a heck of a lot better than always trying to cover up rolls of fat.

OK, so what’s this all about?  I did it for the animals.  PETA had a booth at the Green Festival in Los Angeles this weekend and they needed people to shower at their booth to make a point about how much water you conserve by going vegan. I’m sure we have all heard environmentalists saying that we should cut our showers short to save water.  But when you figure how much water you save by going vegan—I think that if you’re vegan, you can pretty much shower all day and you will still use less water than the average meat eater. In case you can’t read it, it says “1 lb of meat = 6 months of showers”.  (That’s based on each shower lasting 5 minutes).

Quite a few people walking by the booth were shocked to see someone actually showering (and looking to be naked) in the middle of the Los Angeles Convention Center.  But when they heard the environmental statistics about how wasteful of water (and land, and clean air) that meat production is, they were shocked for all the right reasons.

One young girl actually came right up to my shower and said, “I want to become vegetarian but I don’t know what to eat.”  I assured her that she’d come to the right place and Katie and Cory immediately hooked her up with pamphlets and recipes and some great advice on making the transition.  This is why I love PETA.  I may not agree with everything they do, but they are doing a lot of good for the animals by staging high-profile media stunts and then using that opportunity to educate the public.

I was just telling my husband today that it was probably inevitable that I would go naked for PETA someday.  Well today was the day and I really enjoyed it.  Thanks to all the hard work at the gym and vegan protein of the past few months!  And now I’m energized to work even harder these next few months and build even more muscle!  And, of course, I’ll keep you posted as I go along!

In the meantime, here’s some facts from PETA that we discussed at the Green Festival during my shower:

Researchers at the University of Chicago concluded that switching from the standard American diet to a vegan diet is more effective in the fight against global warming than switching from a standard American car to a hybrid.

·         In its report, the U.N. found that the meat industry causes local and global environmental problems even beyond global warming.  It said that the meat industry should be a main focus in every discussion of land degradation, climate change and air pollution, water shortages and pollution, and loss of biodiversity.

·         According to Environmental Defense, if every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and substituted vegetarian foods instead, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half a million cars off of U.S. roads.

·         Livestock production accounts for half of all the water used in the US.  The amount of water used for one cow is so great, it could float a destroyer. A vegetarian uses only 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eater uses more than 4,000.

·         Overgrazing of livestock destroys topsoil.  Slaughterhouses and processing plants use tremendous amounts of water and pour millions of gallons of animal waste into our rivers and streams.

·         Of all agricultural land in the United States, 87% is used to raise animals for food. This is 45% of the total land mass of the United States. A total vegetarian requires 1/6 acre of land to feed herself or himself each year. A meat-eater requires more than 3 acres.

·         Of all the raw materials and fossil fuels used in the United States, more than 1/3 are used to raise animals for food.

·         The world’s current stock of petroleum products is only enough to sustain us for 13 years, but if everyone became vegetarian, it’d last almost 300 years.

·         Forty percent of the world’s grain is used to feed animals, not people, and half of that would eliminate world hunger. By raising animals for food we’re condemning people worldwide to starvation.

·         A vegetarian saves an acre of trees each year that would have been destroyed for livestock grazing.

·         Farmed animals produce about 130 times as much waste as the entire human population of the United States does. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the run-off from factory farms pollutes our rivers and lakes more than all other industrial sources combined.

 

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