Saving The Planet One PB&J at a Time

Who knew making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich could save the planet? I’m sure most of us have pondered what can I do to help the environment? I’m here to say you can start with a simple pb & j sandwich for lunch. Eating a plant-based meal (such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, bean burrito, veggie chili, or even a nice green salad), by doing this you will not only be saving water and preserving land, you will also be slowing global warming. Here is how you are saving the planet by eating plant-based meals:

“Every time you eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or other plant-based meal instead of one that features red meat, such as a hamburger, you save the equivalent of almost 3.5 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions. Eating a strictly plant-based meal compared to the average American lunch still saves 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. That’s about 40 percent of the carbon you would save by driving a hybrid vehicle for the day instead of a standard sedan.”

It takes a lot less water to grow plants than it is to water animals. By eating at least three PB&J sandwiches a month, instead of eating a meat-based meals you can save as much water as you would by switching to a low-flow showerhead. The space needed to raise animals can be a lot more than needed for plants. By eating a plant-based meal, you are not only saving the land, but what is also put onto the land when animals are being raised on it. By eating plants instead of animals, it’s not just saving water, land, or slowing global warming; you’re helping to save the environment by consuming less resources.

Saving the planet one PB&J sandwich at a time. Again, who knew it could all start with lunch?

Leslie Boser