Environmentalists, green advocates, and anyone else who is interested in doing more to preserve the planet will be interested in knowing that by adopting a vegan diet they can impact the world. How so? In several ways, but specifically with respect to the environment and the people of the world.
Your adopting a vegan diet can help the people of the world, in that a plant-based diet uses less resources. Thus, the abundance of resources that are required to feed farm animals could instead be used directly to produce human food, which will feed a lot more humans. In fact, the United Nations has declared that a plant-based diet can feed more people than an animal-based diet. For instance, while 1 acre of land can yield 20,000 pounds of potatoes, that same acre of land when used to raise cattle only produces 165 pounds of meat. This is why 850 million of the human population is undernourished, that’s 1 of every 7 humans. However, the solution to the problem is simple, eat less meat and support your local farmers! By changing your eating habits through adopting a plant-based diet, you leave more for others to eat.
Next, by adopting a vegan diet you can also impact the environment. By reducing your consumption of meat you also reduce the toll on the environment. Animal agriculture requires more farm land, fertilizer and water, nearly 3 to 4 times that of plants. Up to 5000 gallons of water is required to produce 1 pound of beef. In a 2006 report, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stated that international meat industry generates 18% of the overall global greenhouse gas emissions, even more than all trains, planes, automobiles and boats combined. Also, 30% percent of the earth’s land mass is being used for grazing and production of livestock feed resulting in topsoil erosion from overgrazing, deforestation and compaction. Animal agriculture has also been linked to degradation and contamination to water systems by manure, pesticides and fertilizers. Additionally, the consumption of seafood is depleting the ocean of its marine life and in turn destroying the coral and reefs. Essentially, by adopting a plant-based diet you will help preserve the planet’s natural resources and reduce the pollution generated by animal agriculture.
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