Arizona State University ( Asu )

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Section A: Issue Description In 2014, Arizona State University (ASU) set an al-time record high for student enrollment, accepting nearly 82,000 students. Being the largest public university in the United States, every member of the ASU community is a key stakeholder in Meatless Monday’s. This includes ASU faculty, staff, students and visitors. By adopting Meatless Monday’s, you could strengthen your body, mind and ultimately help keep the planet more sustainable. Since everyone has to eat, everyone is affected by this matter. The ASU community has the power to make difference, but only you can make the change. Cutting out meat, even just once a week can dramatically improve your health. According to a Harvard University study, eating without meat once a week may decrease the risk of heart disease by up to 19 percent (Nutrition and Healthy Eating). The National Institute of Health-AARP conducted a diet and health study comprised of 500,000 people, which showed that those who consumed more red meat daily are more susceptible to death than those who consume less red meat. The probability of death is 30 percent higher during a 10-year period from 1995 to 2005. Sausage, luncheon meats and other processed meats increased the risk. In addition, the consumption of red and other processed meats has shown an increased risk of diabetes. Cutting back on the consumption of those meats may reduce the risk (Dietary Patterns). Our daily food choices impact not only the ASU community, but the world around us. Our actions send both positive and negative rippling effects throughout the entire supply chain of the food industry. “Approximately 1,850 gallons of water are needed to produce a single pound of beef while only 39 gallons of water are neede... ... middle of paper ... ...responsible for mitigating this potential and catastrophic disaster. Indicated by Mekonnen and Hoekstra, by consuming more greens instead of meats, it saves up to 58 percent in water consumption per person. Thus, we persuade people to reduce their meat consumption and reduce their water usage. Having based our project around Meatless Monday’s and the vested interest theory, it is imperative that followers of this initiative understand the implications of their daily eating habits. “Agriculture is responsible for 18% of the total release of greenhouse gases world-wide. A cow on average releases between 70 and 120 kg of methane per year. This is the equivalent of emitting 154 pounds of methane into the atmosphere per cow. Multiply that by 1.5 billion cows across the world and over 2.3 billion pounds of methane is emitted in the atmosphere per year” (Time for Change).
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