Vegetarians and vegans alike would argue that eating vegetables exclusively is more environmentally responsible than omnivore based diet. Although this is a commonly accepted notion, there are more nuisances to this claim.
It is reported that cows generate as much methane as a car guzzling up 235 gallons of gasoline. That is an outrageous amount that would raise any eyebrows of the reader.
Let’s look at the chart released by Environmental working group, USDA Agricultural Research Service. If you simply look at the carbon emissions per kilogram, the meat products top the chart, by a longshot. However, when you chart both meat and vegetables based on emission per 1,000 calories, then the numbers start to look closer.
This is because meat in general provides more calories than vegetables on equivalent volume. So the argument that vegetable based diet is greener than meat based diet is simply not as clear cut as you may have thought.
Vegetables are actually tasty and nutritious, and that should be the top reason why we pursue eating vegetables. However, let’s not fool ourselves into thinking that vegetables give you a righteous passage to moral superiority.
Why you should compost your vegetable wastes at home
When you prepare and cook vegetables, you are bound to get some scraps and byproducts. It is tempting to simply toss them out to garbage bin. However, if you really care about the environment, why not start composting your vegetable scraps?
The benefits are many-fold:
- If you have a vegetable garden, then vegetable composting will give you a nice supply of nutrients to feed to your growing sprouts.
- Did you know that composting can help your soils hold twice as much water as without? Your vegetable garden will thrive because of this!
- Natural, organic composts tend to attract the helper bugs and creatures that improves the quality of the soil in your garden.
To start composting your vegetable scraps, you can either purchase or build your own compost bin. There’s nothing special to it. It is designed to store your composting while keeping the odor and bugs out of it. Your compost bin should be stored somewhere shady.
When you are ready to use composting materials for your garden, the suggest use is to apply about two and a half inches in depth. This will allow the mulching effect, further conserving the water for your growing plants.Although it helps to take classes in composting, and there are many training programs that certifies you as Master Composter and Recyeler. Such outlet is a fantastic way to link up with other environmentalists and learn the tricks of the trade in composting.
There’s virtually no downside to composting. It takes just a bit of effort for tremendous rewards. You will be doing the environment a great favor by reducing waste. By utilizing the composting for your garden, that makes you a more responsible earth citizen than blindly following certain doctrines in diet.