Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
The image above shows how much CO2e each farm animal produces a year.
They produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.
Just cutting beef and dairy products out of diets can make a huge improvement for our planet.
Sheep and Goats produce (5 lbs of waste x 7.84 million sheep and goats.) = 39.2 million lbs of waste a day!
Pigs produce (14 lbs of waste x 74.0 m.) = 1.036 billion lbs.
Turkeys produce (.87 lbs of waste x 77.0 m.) = 66.99 million lbs.
Broiler Chickens produce (.5 of waste x 1.74 b.) = 870 million lbs.
Laying Hens produce (.25 of waste x 350.7 m.) = 87.675 million lbs.
Our population is growing and so are our cities. Eventually we will run out of land and wont be able to keep this up.
Going vegan or vegetarian is one of the easiest ways you can contribute to making a positive change. However, to some this seems impossible and if you are one of those people cutting at least beef out and replacing it with anything else will still make a change.
If this got you inspired and you would like to learn more, visit www.cowspiracy.com for more information and check out their documentary!