Vegan is not only a very important environmental issue, animal agriculture is the prime abuser of our planet’s sustainability. The global warming of Earth has drastically changed in the last 100 years, even accelerating beyond all scientific projections. The Impending climatic change is caused from combustible gases heating the atmosphere and from the plundering of our earth’s animals and resources, this is the greenhouse effect.

According to a new report from the UN, the answer is “yes.” The Guardian writes that “a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.” By 2050, our human population is expected to grow to 9.1 billon. But, as the world’s fresh water and land is over used and abused by the over 7 billion currently living, we must find the answer to this ever growing destruction of life.

Animal agriculture uses half of all usable land in the Untied States. ONE HALF. If the U.S.A switched to a vegan diet, then a growing population is not a dire issue, there would be more than enough land for more Americans.

The cost to our health is DIRECTLY affected by humans consuming meat and dairy from ani-mal agriculture. Fresh water is vital to humanity. The trees and plants, wildlife of the world and all the oceans are all reliant on fresh water sources. Humanity’s footprint, “particularly meat and dairy products,” account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption.

70 PERCENT! Let that sink in. Of course this is not sustainable for humanity or for the rest of the Earthlings that inhabit our beautiful planet. Fresh water, one of our most valuable life sources for our planet, is being sucked up by the maddening, horrifying practice of Consuming Animals. It takes the equivalent of taking a non stop shower for two months to equal the water needed to produce one hamburger. Livestock or livestock feed, occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land. 1/3 of the planet is now desert, with livestock as the leading driver.

The impact of every region on this planet that farms animals is such a remarkable waste of land and resources. 2-5 acres of land are used per single cow. (3) Can just one person make a difference by abstaining from eating animal products? In one year:

If you eat a Vegan Diet: cowmoney

How many animals saved: 202 animals

How many lbs of meat not eaten: 195 lbs.

POUNDS of CO2 not released into the atmosphere: 1,609 lbs. of CO2

This is the real cost of a Hamburger:
The Planet’s resources are depleting by the day under the crush of the BILLIONS of animals factory farmed.

 

Over a dozen comprehensive studies have proven that the production of meat and dairy takes a tremendous toll on the planet. Animal Agriculture generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has almost 300 times the global warming poten-tial of CO2. This methane is 23 times more potent than natural C02. Unbelievably, cows alone produce 150 BILLION gallons of methane per day. Even with-out the existence of fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2 limit by 2030, all from animal agriculture

The USDA estimates that more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste is produced annually on farms in the United States, representing almost a third of the total munici-pal and industrial waste produced every year. (5) That is 100 times mores than hu-mans. A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents. In most cases the law does not require that livestock waste be treat-ed. In North Carolina, which has more than home of 8.9 million hogs—nearly as many as its human population of 9.8 million—making it the second largest pork producer in the nation, has zero laws concerning waste management from animal farms. The Truth About Factory Farms

 

Waste management of factory is exacting a huge price on the environment. To deal with the manure that manure lagoons are created to decompose the waste. The risks of lagoon leakage, overflows, and illegal discharge of waste also pose a direct threat to the quality of soil and water systems. A report for the U.S. Geological Survey documented over one thousand spills and dumps of animal waste in the ten Midwestern states it surveyed over the course of three years. Manure from leaky lagoons or saturated farm fields has also been known to enter public water sources and infect hu-mans. “For example, a study of waterborne disease outbreaks from 1986 to 1998 con-ducted by the Centers for Disease Control demonstrated that in every case where the pathogen could be identified, it most likely originated in livestock.” (4)

Over a dozen comprehensive studies have proven that the production of meat and dairy takes a tremendous toll on the planet. Animal Agriculture generates 65 per cent of human-related nitrous oxide, which has almost 300 times the global warming poten-tial of CO2. This methane is 23 times more potent than natural C02. Unbelievably, cows alone produce 150 BILLION gallons of methane per day. Even with-out the existence of fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2 limit by 2030, all from animal agriculture

The USDA estimates that more than 335 million tons of “dry matter” waste is produced annually on farms in the United States, representing almost a third of the total munici-pal and industrial waste produced every year. (5) That is 100 times mores than hu-mans. A dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces as much waste as a city with around 411,000 residents. In most cases the law does not require that livestock waste be treat-ed. In North Carolina, which has more than home of 8.9 million hogs—nearly as many as its human population of 9.8 million—making it the second largest pork producer in the nation, has zero laws concerning waste management from animal farms.

Waste management of factory is exacting a huge price on the environment. To deal with the manure that manure lagoons are created to decompose the waste. The risks of lagoon leakage, overflows, and illegal discharge of waste also pose a direct threat to the quality of soil and water systems. A report for the U.S. Geological Survey documented over one thousand spills and dumps of animal waste in the ten Midwestern states it surveyed over the course of three years. Manure from leaky lagoons or saturated farm fields has also been known to enter public water sources and infect hu-mans. “For example, a study of waterborne disease outbreaks from 1986 to 1998 con-ducted by the Centers for Disease Control demonstrated that in every case where the pathogen could be identified, it most likely originated in livestock.” (4)

 

Sources:

(2) Ross, Philip. “Cow farts have ‘larger greenhouse gas impact’ than previously thought; methane pushes climate change.” International Business Times. 2013.

(1) Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. . Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

(3) Diverse Structure and Organization of U.S. Beef Cow-Calf Farms / EIB-73: study by USDA – Economic Research Service ( for acres/cow- pages 12 and 13)

(4) Center for Disease Control and Prevention (1998) Surveys of Water Bourne Outbreak Compiled by the Cente4r for Disease and Control Prevention from 1993-1998 Mor-bidity and Mortality weekly reports

(5) http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/programs/programs.htm?np_code=206&docid=13337