By Chris Hedges
A person who is vegan will save 1,100 gallons of water, 20 pounds CO2 equivalent, 30 square feet of forested land, 45 pounds of grain and one sentient animal’s life¹ every day.
Animal agriculture is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all worldwide transportation combined—cars, trucks, trains, ships and planes.³ Livestock and their waste and flatulence account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51 percent of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock causes 65 percent of all emissions of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 296 times more destructive than carbon dioxide.⁵ Crops grown for livestock feed consume 56 percent of the water used in the United States.⁶ Eighty percent of the world’s soy crop is fed to animals, and most of this soy is grown on cleared lands that were once rain forests. All this is taking place as an estimated 6 million children across the planet die each year from starvation and as hunger and malnutrition affect an additional 1 billion people.⁷ In the United States 70 percent of the grain we grow goes to feed livestock raised for consumption.⁸
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Article source: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/saving_the_planet_one_meal_at_a_time_20141109
13. “Water Footprint Assessment.” University of Twente, the Netherlands.