7 billion people live on planet Earth. We rear 70 billion farm animals to feed us. That’s us well and truly outnumbered!
Do we really need all these farm animals?
The truth is that we don’t. We ‘grow’ enough food to feed 12-15 billion people. However, 1 billion people are starving each day. How is this possible?
It‘s possible because 50% of the grain and vegetables we grow is used to feed farm animals, not people.
There’s more. The 7 billion people on the planet drink 5.2 billion gallons of water each day and eat 21 billion IIbs of food.
The 1.5 billion cows alone drink 45 billion gallons of water each day and consume 135 billion IIbs of food!
It takes… wait for it… 2,500 gallons of water to produce a 1Ib beef burger!
When it comes to greenhouse gases we’re all told that fossil fuels are to blame, aren’t we? Well here’s the truth of the matter. All transport; cars, trains, buses, trucks and planes put together are to blame for 13% of greenhouse gases. Animal agriculture is responsible for 51%! So, you can see why something needs to be done to improve our prospects for the future.
Did you know...?
- Animal agriculture consumes 1/3 of all the planet’s fresh water.
- 45% of the Earth’s land is used for farm animal grazing.
- 91% of rainforest destruction is due to clearance for grazing land and growing crops for animal-feed.
- In the USA alone, domestic water use is 5%, whilst animal agriculture uses 55%.
- Every second, 1 acre of land is cleared to graze animals and grow the crops to feed them.
- It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk!