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FOR THE PLANET

A plant based diet saves 1100 gallons of water,

45 lbs. of grain, 30 sq. ft of deforested land, 20 pounds of CO2 equivalent and 1 animals life PER DAY!!

Source: Cowpsiracy 2015

Land Use

Livestock or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the Earth's ice free land.  "Livestock a major threat to environment. Remedies urgently needed". FAO Newsroom. 29 November 2006 Walsh, Bryan. "The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production". Time. Dec. 16, 2013

Nearly half of the contiguous US is devoted to animal agriculture with 2-5 acres of land are used per cow. cowspiracy.com

Land requirements for meat protein production are roughly 6-17 larger than that of soybean production. Reijnders, L. & Soret, S. Quantification of the environmental impact of dietary protein choices. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2003).

In the Amazon 88% of the land cleared from Rainforests has been used for grazing; in Costa Rica and Panama the amount is about 70%. Baroni, L., Cenci, L., Tettamanti, M. & Berati, M. Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61, 279–286 (2006).

Water Use

It takes 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef, 900 gallons for 1 lb. of cheese, 477 gallons for 1 lb. of eggs, and 1000 gallons to produce 1 gallon of milk.  cowspiracy.com

Animal Agriculture accounts for 55% of water use in the United States. cowspiracy.com

Animal farming and agriculture are responsible for 70% of freshwater consumption on the planet, whereas only 22% of water is used by industry and 8% is used for domestic purposes. (World Watch Institute, 2004)  Baroni, L., Cenci, L., Tettamanti, M. & Berati, M. Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61, 279–286 (2006).

Greenhouse Gases

51% of global greenhouse emissions are due to livestock and their by products.  cowspiracy.com

Beef production creates 30 times more greenhouse gas emissions than lentils, 13.5 times more than beans, and 10.8 times more than peanut butter. Environmental Working Group Meat Eaters Guide: Methodology 2011

Beef production requires 20 times more land and emits 20 times more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of edible protein than common plant based protein sources such as beans, peas and lentils. Ranganathan, J. & Waite, R. Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts. wri.org(2016).

If cattle were able to form their own nation, they would rank third behind China and the United States among the world's largest greenhouse gas emitters. Ranganathan, J. & Waite, R. Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts. wri.org(2016).

If the impact of single foods is analysed, we see that:

1. Beef is the single food with the greatest impact on the environment; this is true for all the perspectives.

2. The other high impacting foods are cheese, fish, and milk; this is also true, with little differences, for all the perpectives. Baroni, L., Cenci, L., Tettamanti, M. & Berati, M. Evaluating the environmental impact of various dietary patterns combined with different food production systems. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 61, 279–286 (2006).

Animal agriculture is the leading cause of destruction of the Amazon rain forest, global deforestation, global greenhouse gasses, ocean dead zones, species extinction, fresh water scarcity and waste, resource depletion, and soil degradation. cowspiracy.com

Vegan....because the only life that belongs to me is my own.