So funny that people don’t even backup their points with scientific proof, how do you think people will take it seriously? But…
Did you know that the largest user of fresh water is the livestock industry? Water is directly needed for drinking and cleaning of animals. And that’s a lot of water when we’re talking about over 10 billion animals raised for food in the United States alone every year.
But the biggest way animal agriculture consumes water is indirectly. A large amount of fresh water is used to grow the feed that livestock animals eat.
By comparison, it takes a lot less water to grow the grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables that make up a typical vegetarian diet. Here’s how the numbers stack up according to researchers whose work is cited in the U.N.’s Livestock’s Long Shadow:
Estimated Amount of Water In Liters Used to Produce One Kilogram of Food in the U.S. (Note: One liter (L) is approximately the same as one quart. One kilogram (kg) is approximately the same as 2.2 lbs.)
Global Averages of the Quantity of Water Required to Produce Certain Food Products (Liter) Note: One liter (approximately one quart) equals 1,000 milliliters (ml). One pound equals 454 grams (g).
Besides using all that clean, fresh water, animal agriculture pollutes a lot more of it. Livestock’s Long Shadow states that tons of animal wastes are discharged into waterways each year. The report says that in most of the developing world, untreated manure enters water used by people for drinking, washing and bathing.
Along with the manure flow lots of other undesirables including pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, and their breakdown products, not to mention the surplus of nitrogen and phosphorus coming from fertilizers placed on the feed crops. All of this livestock-related influx upsets balance in nature. It can lead to fish kills and algal blooms which can deaden lakes.
To produce meat for people, animals need to eat. In most cases, a significant portion of their feed is grains. The grain-to-meat conversion process is not perfect: “one pound of grain in” does not equal “one pound of meat out.”
Livestock’s Long Shadow states that the #1 contributor of greenhouse gases is not vehicle emissions, but raising livestock which accounts for 18% of all carbon dioxide equivalents. And between the methane, ammonia, and nitrous oxide, the situation is really heating up (literally!) on a global level.
Livestock’s Long Shadow reports that raising livestock is responsible for 70% of forests cleared for grazing and feed crop production in the Amazon Rain Forest. Breathe easier and help keep the earth green by going vegan.
Should I continue? Take care, and please inform yourselves, not to be famous on tumblr, but for personal growth, common sense and to take care of you home, yes you home the planet earth.