According to the United Nations, agriculture (particularly meat and dairy products) accounts for:
· 70% of global freshwater consumption
· 38% of the total land use, and
· 19% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions
Many people have been converted to a vegan diet after seeing how horrifically cruel the meat and dairy industry is to the animals we eat. More recently, thousands of people have been converting to veganism as reams of data are coming in showing how healthful it is as well. But few people really understand just how large of an impact the meat and dairy industry has on our environment.
Did you know that it takes about 17 gallons of water to produce one pound of lettuce, but it takes somewhere between 2,500 – 6,500 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef?
Did you know that the pork farms in North Carolina have polluted some of the rivers so badly that all fish have died in those parts of the rivers?
Did you know that the methane and other gasses given off by the cows and pigs that you eat has more of an impact on global warming than the difference from switching out your car from a Hummer to a Prius?
The UN says that we’ll need to increase our food production by 70% to meet population demands by 2050. But we simply can’t – not using current farming methods, and not eating a diet high in meat and dairy. A vegan diet can stop much of this calamity from ever progressing. Learn more about this, and spread the word. E-mail me at Sarah@TheVeganNextDoor.com and I will send you a copy of the UN report.