The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment, and leads to deforestation, soil erosion, decreasing water supplies on our planet.
Only 1.5 billion cows alone drink 45 billion gallons of water/day and eat 135 billion lbs of food (that is around 61 billion kilograms of food and 170 billion liters of water).
“Being vegan is your statement that you reject violence to other sentient beings, to yourself, and to the environment, on which all sentient beings depend.”
– Gary L. Francione
We use 2500 gallons (around 9.5 tons) of water to produce 1 lbs (400 g) of beef and only 3 gallons of water (12 liters) to grow a tomato.
In order to grow faster the grains used to feed the animals, farmers are using pesticides and fertilizers/gas.The usage of pesticides and fertilizers has also a great impact over the atmosphere, soil, waters and earthlings.
Livestock and their byproducts accounts for more than 32.000 million tons of CO2 emissions each year.
Renewable energy infrastructure such as solar wind generators is a great support, but it takes at least 20 years and costs around $18 trillion to develop.
In order to sustain a vegan diet, considerably lower quantities of crops and water are required. Also one of the most effective things an individual can do to lower their own carbon footprint is to avoid all animal products.
Going vegan we have the opportunity improve the situation of the environment that we live in; to save/day 1100 gallons of water (4163 liters), 45 lbs of grain (20kg), 30 SQFT of forest and land, 20 lbs of CO2 (9 kg) and 1 animal’s life.
Making the switch to veganism is one of the easiest, most enjoyable and most effective ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
If you want to learn facts regarding Animal agriculture being the leading cause of environmental destruction, watch Cowspiracy and get involved in saving the planet.