Vegan for the environment!
Earth's greatest threat: animal farming
Fact is: we are destroying the planet at an epidemic rate. Animal agriculture is the main cause of high water consumption, ocean dead zones, land clearing, species extinction, suffering and death.
Going vegan halves your carbon footprint
Animal farming produces more greenhouse gas emissions than all cars, trains, planes and other forms of transport around the world combined. Agriculture is responsible for 65% of all man-made emissions of nitrous oxide (nitrous oxide) - a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, which can remain in the atmosphere for 200 years. Studies show that going vegan cuts your carbon footprint in half.
Animal agriculture uses trillions of gallons of water every year
Animal agriculture is responsible for 2/3 of all fresh water consumption in the world. In an increasingly drought-stricken, warming world, this is a total waste. You can't shower for 2 months to save the same amount of water as not eating 1 beef burger.
Meat consumption is destroying the earth's rainforests
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the deforestation of the world's largest rainforests. Every day, up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost as a result of the destruction of the rainforest.
The main cause of rainforest destruction is the cultivation of grain and maize to feed cows. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface. Now they cover only 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests can be digested in less than 40 years. One and a half hectares of rainforest are lost every second.
Animal farming is destroying the land
1/3 of the land in the world is used for cattle breeding. Without meat and dairy consumption, global agricultural land use could be reduced by nearly 75%. An area equal to the size of the US, China and the European Union and Australia combined.
End of world hunger
Every year 805 million people suffer from chronic hunger and that hunger is on the rise. Rather than using our resources in the most energy-efficient way by growing plants to feed them directly to humans, we are currently using our dwindling land and water supply to grow grain and then feed animals that we then eat. We could feed billions more people simply by giving up beef, pork and poultry. Think what we could do if the whole world gave up all animal products!
The oceans are doing badly
The oceans are overfished and are doing very poorly. Researchers predict that all fisheries will have collapsed completely by the year 2048 due to biodiversity loss caused by overfishing and the many other human threats facing ocean fauna and ecosystems. Pollution, climate change, ocean acidification and the loss of vital habitats are all contributing factors. In just 55 years, humans have managed to wipe out 90 % of the oceans' main predators, such as whales, sharks, bluefin tuna and swordfish. Bycatch from ocean fisheries accounts for 40% of all fish caught. These can be fish, but also other animals such as dolphins, whales, sharks, seals and turtles. These are usually disregarded, making that 40% loss, a complete waste and a horrible act of murder. Without a perfect balance in the animal food chain, the oceans' bio-diverse ecosystem will collapse. Without the oceans, we don't have the earth.
You can already make a difference! In the future, do not eat meat or fish, but eat an extra portion of tasty vegetables or a ripe piece of fruit.
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