- Raising animals for food is the single greatest human caused source of destruction to our planet. It uses 30% of the Earth’s land mass. The size of seven football fields are bulldozed every minute to create more land to raise farm animals.
Just a little perspective here…the global population is expected to hit or surpass 9.1 billion by 2050. There isn’t even enough land on the planet to raise enough meat to feed the human population nor can earth cope with the pollution this would cause.
“We are in the midst of terrible ecological devastation. Raising animals for food is the single greatest human-caused source of destruction to our environment. It is the largest source of greenhouse gases, land use and degradation; the number one source of water pollution and rainforest deforestation. It’s also a major contributor to air pollution, ocean dead zones, habitat loss, and species extinction. And when we include all the resources that go into raising animals for food – the land, fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides, fossil fuels and freshwater – animal agribusiness is shockingly inefficient and a costly and wasteful use of our limited natural resources. Veganism is the solution.”
It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce just ONE pound of beef, but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat! It’s estimated that over 700 million tons of food that could be consumed by humans every year, goes to the livestock. That is SO crazy! That’s nearly half of all water in the United States contributing to meat distribution. You could save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you do not showering for six months! It used to be okay back in the day when people would have small farms, grew some veggies, and had a couple animals. The animals waste fertilized the crops. Things are completely different now. We have to make some changes if we want to keep our planet beautiful for us and the animals!
I’m not going to get into depth on all of the topics because I’m obviously not an expert on these things. I will however recommend a documentary that opened my eyes to these issues in the first place. It’s called Cowspiracy. Below is the official trailer for the movie.
Here are a couple facts from the movie that really caught my attention:
- Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day
Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
I highly suggest watching this film if you are interested in these topics! I’m also going to post an interview that I enjoyed by Rich Roll. He has his own podcast and is a mega vegan athlete! Definitely worth the watch if you have extra time!
So what happens again when you become a vegan?
You are helping to reduce global warming, avoiding further pollution of our oceans and rivers, helping to reduce destruction of the rain forest, making our beautiful planet a better place to live, and of course not contributing to any harm to animals which is the whole goal here, right? 😉