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“Will we, and by we I mean those who are aware of climate change and its effects, continue to be climate change bystanders?”
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The ugly truth:
- Meat and dairy provide us with just 18% of all the calories we consume and 37% of protein, it uses 83% of farmland and produces 60% of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.
- Over double the population of the United States could be feed with the produce grown for its livestock.
- The seven billion livestock in the United States consume five times as much grain as its entire population.
- Farmland, an area equivalent to the US, Australia, European Union, and China combined, could be reduced by more than 75% and we could still feed the world with the elimination of the mass production of meat.
Not all meat is created equal:
- beef cattle raised on deforested land results in the emission of twelve times more greenhouse gases and uses fifty times more land than beef cattle raised rich natural pastures.
- The lowest impact beef is responsible for six times more greenhouse gases and thirty-six times more land than any crop grown for human consumption.
- Over 80% of the deforestation across the Amazon rainforest is linked to cattle ranching.
- Cattle are estimated to generate 20% of overall U.S. methane emissions.
- Beef results in up to 105 kilograms of greenhouse gases per 100 grams of meat, while tofu (soybean curd), for example, produces less than 3.5 kilograms of greenhouse gases per 100 grams.
- Between the years 1971 and 2010, the production of meat has tripled from 200 billion pounds to 600 billion pounds while the global population only grew by 81%.
- Each generation is consuming more meat than the last. At this rate, meat production will double by 2050 to about 1.2 trillion pounds a year, putting further pressure on the health of our planet.
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