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Environmental Impact a Vegetarian Diet Can Make

Becoming a vegetarian is not only about having the healthiest diet in the world without the sacrifice of an animal, but it also has a huge environmental impact on the earth. When you choose a vegetarian diet, you are doing more for than earth than you possibly think. In this section we will talk about the impact that factory farms are making to the earth when raising animals for food and how choosing a plant based diet can save the world, one vegetarian at a time. The facts below will leave you thinking twice before putting meat in your plate. 




  • Eating one pound of meat emits the same amount of greenhouse gases as driving an SUV 40 miles

  • Factory farms produce enormous amounts of methane from acres of pools filled with feces

  • In 2006 the United Nations reported that the meat industry produces more greenhouse gases than all of the SUV's, cars, trucks, planes, and ships in the world combined

  • If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than 500,000 cars off U.S. roads

  • An area of rainforest the size of 7 football fields, is destroyed every minute to make room for grazing cattle, but each vegetarian saves 1 acre of tress per year

  • More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create crop land to grow grain to feed farmed animals

  • Animals raised for food, produce 89,000 pounds of waist per second

  • A swine farm with 5,000 pigs produces as much fecal waste as a city of 50,000 people

  • Most untreated animal excretement that is produced is left to rot in huge lagoons and sprayed over crop fields. Both of these disposal methods result in run off that contaminates the soil and water, that kills fish and other wildlife

  • It takes up to 60 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat

  • Of all raw materials and fossil fuels currently used in the U.S., more than 1/3 goes to raising animals for food

  • You save more water by not eating a pound of beef, than you do by not showering for an entire year

  • Half of all the water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food

  • It takes 5,000 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat, while growing 1 pound of wheat only takes 25 gallons

  • A total vegetarian diet requires only 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat eating diet requires 4,000 gallons per day

  • 2.9 million acres of rainforest were destroyed in the 2004-2005 crop season in order to grow crops that are used to feed animals on factory farms

As you can see, what the meat industry is doing to our beautiful earth is devastating, is eating meat really that important to us that we are willing to destroy our planet? We hope that these facts can motivate you on making your decision on becoming a vegetarian and choosing a healthier diet for you, and better world for all. Facts provided by the wonderful people at GoVeg.com





















This website is intended as a reference only, not as a medical manual. The information given is designed to help you make informed decisions about your health. It is not intended as a substitute for any treatment that may have been prescribed by your doctor. If you feel that you have a medical problem, please seek immediate medical help. Before starting any diet, you should consult with your doctor.

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