Save 100 Million Gallons of Water!

by Shea Lewis

Native Foods Cafe

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The scarcity of access to fresh water has been cited by National Geographic to directly affect 1.8 billion people around the world. In the past four years the number has hit home with Americans, especially with California experiencing the worst drought in recorded history. This year the California State government instituted a policy that requires communities to reduce water consumption by 25%. (   ) The State claims the best way to fulfill this 25% cut is for people to take shorter showers, turn off their faucets and even replace their lawns with Ocean-Friendly Gardens (http://www.surfrider.org/programs/entry/ocean-friendly-gardens). California hopes to save 400 billion gallons of water by enforcing these policies with heavy financial penalties.

Native Foods and our partner, the Surfrider Foundation (http://www.surfrider.org), believe we need to consider alternative approaches to this looming problem. Reducing the length of your shower and the amount you water your lawn will save an incremental amount of water, especially when you consider that your diet makes up 92% of your water footprint. Instead of cutting the 8% consumed by our daily routines, we present you with an opportunity to address the largest contributor to your personal water consumption – your diet!

When striving to reduce your water intake, look down at your plate. It takes approximately 1,800 gallons of water to create one pound of beef, which is equivalent to about 60 showers. Real Simple found that by removing beef from just one of your meals a week you can save 3,300 gallons of water. We estimate that by eating one veggie meal a week for one month you could save 14,000 gallons of water! Thus the Native Foods Veg Pledge (insert link)! With our friends at Surfrider Foundation, we are challenging America to save the world 100,000,000 gallons of water.

Take the Veg Pledge nativefoodsvegpledge.com, substitute one vegetarian or vegan meal a week for the month of August and earn Native Foods Café rewards! For completing the pledge all participants will receive $14 on your Native Foods rewards card –or $1 for every 1,000 gallons of water you save!

Victory for the World’s Largest Vegans!

by Kelly Behr

Native Foods uses this image courtesy of NPR.com. (Tamika Moore/AL.com/Landov)
Native Foods uses this image courtesy of NPR.com. (Tamika Moore/AL.com/Landov)

Big news arose yesterday surrounding the world’s largest vegans. Ringling Brothers declared that they will no longer be using elephants in their circuses by 2018.

In an interview with NPR, Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle said he believed the change in Feld’s long-held stance for keeping the animals in the show resulted from the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which led to intense scrutiny of SeaWorld and its treatment of captive killer whales. He said the documentary had led an “emerging consciousness within the public about the proper treatment of animals.” -courtesy of NPR.com

The circus has been using elephants for over 150 years. They are a favorite attraction to most of the thousands of people who flock to the circus. What people do not see or think about…or want to think about is what life is like for these animals. They are in a very unnatural environment and conditions.

It’s awesome to see how performing animals are being looked at and given a chance at a better life.

Thanks to all the active people out there who worked relentlessly to make this happen.