Reduce your Carbon Footprint 🌱
As animal agriculture accounts for over 15% of greenhouse gas emissions, one of the best things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is follow a largely plant-based diet.
To meet today’s excessively high demand for meat, forests are being cut down (1-2 acres of rainforest per second!) and resources are being depleted at an unimaginably high rate.
Quick Facts: Impact of Animal Agriculture on the Environment
- Roughly 2,500 gallons of water are required to produce 1 pound of beef
- 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk
- Animal agriculture is the leading cause of habitat destruction, ocean dead zones, species extinction, and water pollution.
It’s a Humanitarian Issue 🌎
Worldwide, cows eat 135 billion pounds of food and drink 45 billion gallons of water each day. We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people, yet countless populations around the globe are still extremely undernourished. By shifting to a plant-based diet, we could use our already-limited land and resources to feed humans directly, instead of feeding it to cattle, which only a select portion of the world’s population will later eat. (82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries).
With a current population of 7.5 billion people worldwide, estimated to reach 10 billion people by the year 2050, the simple truth is that heavily meat-centric diets are not sustainable. We simply do not have enough land or resources to raise enough livestock to feed the ever-increasing global population.
Luckily, it is possible to obtain all our nutrients through plants! Tofu, in addition to beans, legumes, and whole grains, is an excellent source of plant-based protein that leaves a significantly smaller impact on the environment than meat does.