Top 11 Environmental Benefits and Reasons for Going Vegan to Save the Planet
An Environmental Article from

June 2019

​Here is a deeper look into some of the biggest positive impacts that switching to a fully plant-based diet will have on the planet.

Can choosing plants over animal products really decrease your environmental footprint? Some scientists argue that eliminating meat from your diet is the single greatest thing you can do to help the earth.

Resource Use Efficiency: Vegan vs Omnivorous Diets

Vegans are responsible for the footprint of everything involved to grow, harvest, process, and transport the plants they eat.

This includes:

  • Land required to grow plants
  • Water for the plants
  • Pesticides used on growing plants
  • Transport of plants
  • Preparation and packaging of plants
  • Water to drink
  • Deforestation of land for the plants
  • Animals killed by pesticides and commercial agriculture
  1. Rearing Animals Requires Considerably More Land Use Than Plants
  2. The Water Needed For An Omnivorous Diet Is Up To 7 Times Higher Than Plant-Based
  3. Eating Plants Gives Us A Chance To Slow Down Greenhouse Gas Emissions & Cool Off
  4. Animals Produce A Devastating Amount Of Agriculture’s Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  5. Less Cattle Grazing Means Less Methane Loaded Cow Burps and Farts
  6. Reduction In Chemicals Required To Grow Soybean Monocultures
  7. Slowing The Spread Of Ocean Dead Zones Due To Chemical Run Off
  8. Keeping The Oceans From Dying
  9. Eliminating Massive Monocrop Farms That Destroy Biodiversity
  10. Slowing Deforestation Caused By Clearing Forests For Cattle Ranching
  11. Saving Our Vital, Fertile Topsoils


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