Green Forest

Environmental Impacts

From water and air to land use, here's a quick look at the impact of animal agriculture on the environment and how impactful one day vegan can be. 

ANIMAL AGRICULTURE

  • Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gases than all the world's transportation systems combined. 

  • Globally, one trillion pounds of excrement or waste is produced by animals raised as food.

  • The amount of waste produced by these animals is 130 times more waste than the entire human population.

AIR/TREES

  • 260 million acres of forest has been cleared to produce feed for animals raised for food. 

  • 80% of amazon rainforest has been cleared for meat production (since 1970)

  • Every 6 seconds, 1 acre of land is cleared for cattle farming

WATER

  • Nearly 1/2 of all water used in the US goes to raise animals as food

  • The amount of waste produced by these animals is 130 times more waste than the entire human population.

  • It takes more than 2400 gallons of water to produce 1 single pound of meat

  • It takes 25 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of wheat

VEGAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT

  • If every American skipped just one chicken meal a day and swapped it for a healthy vegan meal, it would be the equivalent of removing 500,000 cars from the road.   

ONE DAY MEAT-FREE SAVES TONS OF WATER  

  • Omnivore - Standard American Diet (SAD) 4,000 gallons water used 

  • Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian (eats dairy/eggs)-1200 gallons water used 

  • Vegan-300 gallons water 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

As responsible citizens of a living planet, it's important that we focus on minimizing our carbon footprint and reversing global warming before it's too late for our children and grandchildren. Consider a meatless monday or a 30 day vegan challenge. 

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