The next time you purchase meat products, think about this - the meat industry, as in raising animals for food - consumes enormous amounts of natural resources and produces shocking amounts of waste, thus hurting the environment. Besides using fossil fuels, meat consumption is the second biggest environmental hazard facing the planet.
Now, I’m not telling you to stop everything and take up a vegan lifestyle (although I would recommend it, and eating a vegan diet prevents 1.5 tons of CO2 emissions each year- more than switching your car to a Prius), but we should start cutting back our meat intake.
Start small- once a week have a day where you don’t eat any meat! Even by making this small change once a week, you will be making a huge difference.
Still unsure? Here are a few facts to chew on:
Farmed animals produce more waste in one day than the US human population produces in 3 years- a million pounds per second!
7.5 million gallons of water per SECOND are used for farmed animals and irrigating feed crops for those animals. That’s enough water for every human on earth to take 8 showers a day.
10 billion acres of land are used to raise animals for food- that’s 30% of the land surface of the planet. And the livestock industry cuts down and clears 5 million acres of the Amazon every year. This has caused more than 90% of all Amazon deforestation since 1970.
More than 80% of the corn we grow and more than 95% of the oats we grow are fed to livestock. The amount of food the world’s cattle alone consume is equal to the caloric needs of 8.7 billion people- more than the entire human population.
The Union of Concerned Scientists lists meat-eating as the second biggest environmental hazard facing the Earth, with number one being fossil fuel vehicles.
Producing one hamburger uses enough fossil fuel to drive a car 20 miles.
So #GoWilde- reduce your carbon footprint by cutting back on your meat intake!