Going vegan won’t just save your health, but it’ll also save our planet.
Going vegan for 1 day only saves
- 1 animal’s life
- 1,000 gallons of water
- 45 pounds of grain
- 20 pounds of CO2 gas
- 30 square feet of forest
But why stop there?
Going vegan for a year saves
- Over 300 animals lives
- 5 people from starving
- 7,000 pounds of CO2
- 14,500 pounds of grain
- 300,000 gallons of water
- 3,000 square feet of forest
Keep this up for many years and the results continue to climb and help our Earth!
So next time someone tells you that you going vegan doesn’t make a difference, be sure to tell and prove them otherwise!
But how is keeping animal flesh and byproduct off your plate making such a big difference?
Let’s get down to the science!
Save The Animals
Not eating meat saves animal lives.
Animals in the food industry are treated just like products or objects, without any real sense of care or compassion.
Even those treated “above industry standard” still end up being stabbed in the throat and end up on the dinner plate when all is said and done.
Almost all farmed animals are born in places known as “factory farms.” These factory farms are enormous dark warehouses housing tens of thousands of animals in horrific conditions which many would equate to that of a horror movie.
Chickens are caged up in tiny spaces, not even enough room to spread their wings. They are often piled on top of each other and their wings start to break. Some die due to being crushed by the sheer weight of other chickens.
Female pigs are trapped in gestation crates, so little room they can’t even turn around. Their babies born and often die due to the terrible unhygienic conditions.
And when the time is up all these animals are shipped off to the slaughterhouse for food. This is the reality for all animals in the food industry. A sad and painful end.
60 billion land animals are killed every year for food…
That’s 8 times the world’s human population.
Imagine that every year, we slaughtered our own human population 8 times over?
But that’s not all. It’s estimated that between 1 and 3 trillion fish are killed from our oceans every year on top of the 60 billion land animals.
The numbers are extremely difficult to comprehend.
It can be said that humans are the worst disease to infiltrate this beautiful planet.
Vanquish World Hunger
While it might not seem like it, going vegan helps conserve food and grain.
Animals created for food require a ton of care and effort to take care of. It’s not like an apple that grows on a tree and is then plucked.
Animals, like us, require food and water to grow. Once they grow large enough, they are slaughtered.
Do you know how much grain it takes to create one pound of beef?
Around 12 pounds…
Instead of using all that grain to grow and raise animals for food, what if we just fed it straight to humans?
It’s estimated that we have enough plant-based food to feed around 10-11 billion humans, which is way more than our current population!
Unfortunately, most of the food today is fed to animals who are raised as our own food. By adding more steps in this process less food is available for people around the world, especially third world countries. This, in turn, increases the numbers of world hunger.
Going vegan helps eliminate the need for animal products in the first place. This process breaks down to less grain and energy put into the animals and more food for all of us!
Downshift On Global Warming
What’s the 2nd largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the world?
If your answer was transportation, you’re wrong!
Animal agriculture is responsible for about 15% of greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change, which is more than all the forms of transportation combined (cars, planes, boats, trains, etc.)
Cows are a huge producer of methane gas. Methane gas is similar to CO2 (carbon monoxide), but its effect on the environment and our planet is 23 times worse than that of CO2.
And for all you people who think that climate change and global warming is a joke, the U.N. recently came out with a statement stating “we are nearing the point of no return.”
If we as humans keep up the dangerous game of pollution and emissions, it could threaten our entire planet as we know it.
New research shows that drastic change is required in the next decade. If we don’t cut down our emissions in the short time coming, it could end human civilization by 2050.
Now you can call me a tree hugger all you want for explaining all this critical info to you, but the truth is out.
If we don’t do something now, we’re screwed, plain and simple.
Going plant-based could literally help save our planet. Plants require far less energy, land, and resources to cultivate.
How much farmland is required to raise the animals we eat?
Think about how much land mass that is…
And it’s not just the United States doing this if I might add.
All this land has to come from somewhere… and it’s not taking place in your backyard.
Much of the land used for livestock requires deforestation and the destruction of the environment all around.
Just not eating meat or dairy for a day saves about 30 square feet of the forest from destruction.
That’s about one large tree!
Think about all the animal life that use these forests as natural habitats.
Over the past 50 years, the famous Amazon rainforest has lost about 17% of its mass due to cattle ranching.
This has led to over 40 species of animals to extinction with countless others becoming endangered.
Unfortunately, no end seems to be in sight.
Our planet is losing animals to extinction about 10,000 times the natural rate, all because of human-related causes.
Not eating meat and animal byproducts will make a HUGE difference.
It takes 2,500 gallons of water to raise one pound of beef. That’s means 10 hamburgers is enough for a year worth of showering!
So instead of not taking baths, how about you stay away from meat?
Similarly, it takes 800 gallons to grow one pound of pork, and over 550 gallons to grow one pound of chicken.
On the contrary, it takes only 34 gallons of water to grow one pound of broccoli, 71 gallons to grow one pound of garlic, and 98 gallons to grow artichoke.
Other plant-based foods require a little more, around 200-300 gallons per pound.
These foods include:
Regardless, plant-based foods have nowhere near the same environmental destruction and water consumption that animal-based foods do.
Although we’re not going to run out of water anytime soon, the importance of conserving water carries out many benefits to everyone.
- Prevents Droughts – Water isn’t as abundant in certain parts of the world. Places like California and the Middle East are hot and suffer from droughts on occasion due to natural disasters and heat waves.
- Protects Our Ecosystems – Conserving water prevents the consumption of water from our ecosystems. Ecosystems rely so heavily on water to survive. The more we take the more organisms and life around these diverse ecosystems begin to perish.
- Saves Our Money – Utilizing just a little bit less water each day adds up, both in the water tanks and in your wallet.
- Save Energy And Fuel – It takes a lot of energy to move and displace water. It’s not like your local DPW (Department of Public Works) is sending people with buckets to supply you water every day. Save energy by saving on water.
Preserve Energy And Fuel
Similar to water, it takes a lot of energy and fuel to move and raise the 60 billion land animals as well as the trillions of fish that end up on our plates every year.
It’s not like meat is just magically grown or plucked from a tree. It takes time and energy to create the final product.
Multiply that by the weight in pounds of the average cow (1,320), and the 40 million cattle killed in the U.S. every year and you have almost 53 billion gallons of gasoline that could be saved just by not eating beef.
That’s a lot of damn fuel…
That enough gasoline to fill up 4.4 million cars…
Keep in mind, that’s only counting the fuel required to make all the beef in the U.S. for a year.
This doesn’t count all the cows, pigs, chickens, turkeys, and other animals that are killed for food in the U.S. and all over the world.
Go vegan and the demand for gas will go down! You can fill up your car, along with everyone else’s!
Do it for yourself and all the other amazing benefits!
I promise that going vegan is not as difficult as many meat-eaters make it out to be.
If you’re already vegan, great! Keep up the good work.
If not, give it a try. Slowly start to incorporate more plant-based foods and less animal-based into your diet.
I guarantee you’ll feel better, both mentally, physically, and spiritually!