Disturbing facts and figures related to animal agriculture

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Greenhouse gases, amazon destruction, water consumption, discover the frightening effects of animal agriculture on the environment in this video:

Some shocking facts which show considerable negative impacts on climate change, water use, deforestation, waste, land use, fisheries and species extinctions linked to animal agriculture :

  • 51% of greenhouse gas emissions are due to livestocks and their byproducts
  • 13% of them are due to transport (road, rail, air and marine)
  • A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%
  • Livestock is responsible for 60% of Nitrous Oxide emissions (296x more destructive than cO2)
  • To produce 1 Hamburger: we need 660 gallons of water, it’s equivalent to showering for two months
  • The meat and dairy industry use 1/3 of earths fresh water
  • 5% of the water use in the United States is for domestic, 55% comes from animal agriculture
  • The waste from a farm of 2500 dairy cows is equivalent to the waste from a city of 411.000 people
  • Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US
  • 1/3 of the land is desertified due to livestock
  • Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land
  • 1.5 Acres land = 37000 Lbs plant based food or 375 lbs meat
  • Land needed to feed 1 person for 1 year : For a vegan 1/6th Acre; For a meat eater 18x vegan
  • 90 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year
  • 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited
  • For every 1 pound of fish caught 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill
  • 110 animal and insect species are lost every day from rainforest destruction
  • Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution and habitat destruction
  • 1 to 2 acres rainforest are cleared every second
  • Acres of rainforest cleared due to palm oil : 26 million ; animal agriculture : 136 million
  • Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon destruction

Click on the following link to see the infographic related to this issue: Cowspiracy Infographic

These information provided are taken from the website www.cowspiracy.com