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.
Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals.
Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.
2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef. Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today.
477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese. 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
1/3 of the planet is desertified, with livestock as the leading driver. 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. We could see fishless oceans by 2048. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction. 1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock. 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.