35 Mind-Shattering Facts Linking Factory Farming to Climage Change
A Meat and Diary Industries Article from All-Creatures.org
All of God's creatures have rights, a fact that most people don't seem to recognize. This includes both human
and non-human animals, but not all of them can speak for themselves. As we
continue to disregard the value of the lives of the billions of animals we eat, we also are
destroying our air, land and water.
People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA)
So what are you waiting foróthe polar ice caps to
melt? Save the planet! Go vegan!
Meat production is a leading cause of climate change,
water waste, and deforestation. Why is everyone overlooking this
- Meat production wastes a ton of water.
- It takes 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat.
- Which is something like 50 full bathtubs.
- Meanwhile, it takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of
- Which is less than one bathtub of water.
- Raising animals for food takes up half of all water used in
- Youíd save more water by not eating a pound of meat than you
would if you didnít shower for six months. So keep showering (please),
but stop eating meat. Mmmkay?
- The Environmental Protection Agency says that animal agriculture is
the number one cause of water pollution.
- And itís responsible for more water pollution than all other
industrial sources combined.
- Mostly because of the massive amounts of animal poop spilling
into our waterways.
- In West Virginia and Maryland, male fish are growing ovaries, and
scientists suspect that this is the result of factory-farm runoff from
drug-laden chicken feces.
- Raising animals for food also tears down a whole bunch of rain
- Specifically, 55 square feet of rain forest for every single meal
- Every six seconds, an acre of rain forest is cut down for
- Thatís around 14,400 acres every day.
- About seven football fields of land are bulldozed worldwide
every minute to create more room for farmed animals.
- In 2004Ė05, 2.9 million acres of the Amazon rain forest in Brazil
were destroyed in order to grow crops to feed animals on factory farms.
- And more than 90 percent of the Amazon rain forest thatís been
cleared since 1970 is used for meat production.
- "But don't vegans eat soy and grain crown on deforested
Good question... If we actually ate the foods we feed to farmed animals, we wouldnít
need to grow nearly as many crops, and we could eliminate the need to
decimate the rain forest.
- Itís a problem in the U.S., too.
- About 260 million acres of U.S. forests have been cleared in order
to create cropland to produce feed for animals raised for food.
- Livestock grazing is the number one reason that plant species in the
U.S. go extinct.
- The meat industry is directly responsible for 85 percent of all soil
erosion in the U.S.
- And then of course, there are those pesky greenhouse gasses.
- Thereís the part that people like to joke about Ölike how cow burps
and farts make up 20 percent of U.S. methane-gas emissions.
- And then thereís the fact that 51 percent or more of global
greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture...which isn't
funny at all.
- In fact, a 2008 study concluded that a meat-eaterís diet is
responsible for more than seven times as much greenhouse-gas emissions
as a veganís diet is.
- A vegan is responsible for the release of approximately 1.5 fewer
tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year than is a
- It takes more than 11 times as much fossil fuel to make one calorie
from animal protein as it does to make one calorie from plant protein.
- Of all raw materials and fossil fuels used in the U.S., more
than one-third are devoted to raising animals for food.
- Animal agriculture is a leading source of carbon-dioxide,
nitrous-oxide, and methane emissions, the top three greenhouse gasses.
- If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week and ate
vegan food instead, it would be like taking 500,000 cars off the road.
- And the University of Chicago found that going vegan is more
effective in fighting climate change than switching from a standard car
to a hybrid.
- The National Audubon Society, the Worldwatch Institute, the Sierra
Club, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and even Al Goreís Live Earth
say that raising animals for food damages the environment more than just
about anything else that we do.
- And the United Nations says that a global shift toward a vegan diet
is necessary to combat the worst effects of climate change.
So what are you waiting foróthe polar ice caps to melt?
Save the planet! Go vegan!
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