Want to Help? Reduce Meat and Dairy Consumption

I stupidly make fun of vegans. Many people do. But it's not because of their choices or beliefs - it's because of the preaching. Regardless of the topic, people tend to automatically block the noise when they're being subjected to a lecture about morals.

With that said, I fully agree with what vegans say about meat's impact on the environment.

I agree that meat production is killing the planet. I also agree that plant-based diets are healthier than meat-based diets.

Not interested? I get it. People like to eat meat. But you don't have to go 100% vegan to make a difference. Cut back on meat consumption. Don't make it part of every meal. If you can, save meat for a couple days a week. And if you must eat meat, chicken is probably the best alternative.

Still not convinced? Check out these stats:

  • 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
  • 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs.
  • 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese.
  • 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  • Livestock or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land.
  • Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
  • 1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver.
  • Nearly half of the contiguous US is devoted to animal agriculture.
  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
  • Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals.
  • A mere 2,500 dairy cows produces as much waste as a city of 411,000.
  • 130 times more animal waste than human waste is produced in the US.
  • In the U.S. livestock produce 116,000 lbs of waste per second.
  • We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
  • 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted.
  • 90-100 million tons of fish are pulled from our oceans each year.
  • As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year.
  • For 1 pound of fish, up to 5 pounds of unintended species are caught.
  • As many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year.
  • 40-50 million sharks killed in fishing lines and nets.
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction.
  • 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
  • Leading cause of rainforest destruction is livestock and feedcrops.
  • Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day
  • 136 million rainforest acres cleared for animal agriculture.
  • 80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.
  • World population in 1812: 1 billion; 1912: 1.5 billion; 2012: 7 billion.
  • More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.
  • Cows drink 45 billion gallons of water & eat 135 billion pounds a day.
  • We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people.
  • 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and eaten by other countries.
  • 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food, 1.5 acres can produce only 375 pounds.
  • A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide.
  • Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.
  • Ten thousand years ago, 99% of biomass (i.e. zoomass) was wild animals. Today, humans and the animals that we raise as food make up 98% of the zoomass.
  • Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.

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