THE FOLLOWING WILL SHOW HOW A VEGAN LIFESTYLE CAN AID THE PLANET BY SHOWING HOW THE CONSUMPTION OF MEAT CAN BE DETRIMENTAL TO OUR PLANET.
In the U.S.-80% of our agricultural land is used to raise animals for food-that's almost half the total land mass.
In the U.S.- Animals raised for food are fed 70% of the wheat, corn, and other grains we grow. The world's cattle alone consume a quantity of food equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people, more than the entire human population on earth.
In the U.S.- Nearly half of all the water consumed in the U.S. is used t raise animals for food. It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 60 gallons of water to produce a pound of wheat. A total vegetarian lifestyle requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating lifestyle requires more than 4,000 gallons of water a day.
In the U.S.- Raising animals for human consumption causes more water pollution than any other industry, because animals that are raised for human consumption produce 130 times the excrement of the entire population-87,000 pounds per second. Sadly, much of the waste from factory farms and slaughterhouses flows into the river and streams, obviously contaminating water sources.
In the U.S.- Of all the raw materials and fossel fuels, more than one-third is used to raise animals for food. The energy used to fuel your car, is the same energy needed to produce the food that a meat-eater would burn in walking the same distance.
In the U.S.- Every vegetarian saves an acre of trees every year.The tropical rain forests are being decimated to create grazing land for cattle. Every minute, the equivalent of 7 football fields is being destroyed. One quarter pound burger may have meant that a fifty-five square foot of rain forest was razed.