If you’ve taken the time and effort to educate yourself about veganism, then chances are that you’ve realised that switching to a vegan diet is the best way to contribute towards saving our planet. You may wonder how, and by how much exactly. Here are the facts and figures to show to your family and friends, showing how veganism saves the planet.
It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat. (The Global Benefits of Eating Less Meat by Mark Gold and Jonathon Porritt).
A single dairy cow produces about 120 pounds of wet manure per day, which is equivalent to the waste produced by 20–40 people. That means California’s 1.4 million dairy cows produce as much waste as 28–56 million people.
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More than a third of all raw materials and fossil fuels consumed in the United States are used in animal production (“Ecological Cooking” by Joanne Stepaniak and Kathy Hecker)
In the U.S., 70% of the grain grown is fed to animals on feedlots (“Plants, Genes, and Agriculture” by Jones and Bartlet)
Veganism is THE single biggest way to make an impact on the environment
My favourite argument rebutting this has to be, “if you really care about the environment why aren’t you picking rubbish off the streets? One person not eating meat won’t make a difference”. Sure picking up rubbish is fantastic, but that’s not a permanent solution. Nor does it make any major impact.
As the facts show, one person not eating animal products CAN actually make a major difference on our environment. 1 person not eating animal products saves 50% more carbon dioxide emissions than getting a hybrid car, and you still think one person doesn’t make a difference?
Make a difference today, step up to the plate and do the planet a favour. Go vegan!