We are fully aware of the damage that mankind has inflicted on this Earth. From deforestation, extinction of species to global warming and the depletion of our ozone layer. Such environmental devastation calls for immediate action from government bodies and NGOs. Its heartening to see many countries actively making an effort to reduce industrial carbon emissions, especially China. However, there is a huge misconception that the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions is due to transportation and exhaust. We are all misled into thinking that as an individual the most we can do is to save electricity, reduce, reuse and recycle, take public transport, ride a bike. Did you know that animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation (13%) ? Methane, given out through the belching of livestock, is 25-100 times more destructive than co2 in a 20 year period. And it doesn’t stop there, at the rate that we’re going, methane emissions are said to increase by 80% by 2050.
You’ve been told to switch off the tap when you’re not using it such as when you’re brushing your teeth. You may have been asked to take short showers instead of long ones. In extreme cases, some of your parents may even have told you not to flush the toilet. All of these, in order to SAVE WATER. Not saying that you shouldn’t make all these a habit (except not flushing) , but the animal agriculture industry is using majority of the water, depleting our resources. Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption. 2,500 gallons of water is needed to produce 1 pound of beef. 477 gallons of water is required to produce 1 lb of eggs. 1,000 gallons of water is needed to produce 1 gallon of milk.
In order for these livestock animals to live, space needs to be made for them to graze over. This results in deforestation which means the loss of habitats and species in the process. Livestock occupies 45% of the Earth’s land. And we all know from geography lesson that the topsoil will be washed into nearby streams and rivers causing water pollution. 2-5 acres of land are used for 1 cow.
One of the primary reasons why I became Vegan was because of fishes. Our fishes are depleting at an unprecedented rate that it’s predicted that by the year 2050, all oceanic fishes would be extinct. Click here to find out more. And I’m sure you’re aware that fishing boats use huge nets to fish out let’s say salmon. However, in the process other unwanted species are caught too. For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended fishes are caught too and disposed as by-kill.
It’s such a pity that crops such as corn and wheat which could feed thousands of starving people are diverted to feeding livestock instead. Approximately 82% of starving children live in countries where crops are used to feed livestock. The amount of land a Vegan needs is just 1/6 of an acre to sustain them. Vegetarians would need 3 times that and a meat-eater would need 18 times of that. 1.5 acres of land can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based foods whereas with the same amount of land, only a mere 375 pounds of meat is produced. For everyday that you’re Vegan, you’ll save 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 35 Square feet of forested land, 20lbs equivalent of CO2, and one animal’s life. The fact that we aren’t contributing to the cruelty to animals, saving the environment and doing good to our body is really the best feeling ever. I once thought that I was just a small drop in the ocean. However, with every decision you make, you impact the lives of others. Make a life changing decision today.