The Vegetarian Diet & Its Impact on the Environment

Two years ago I found this information on a website from Australia: (May no longer be available online.) Here are excerpts from that posting for #14 in Earth Day, Every Day:

  • Raising livestock requires huge amounts of water. Most of it is used to irrigate the grains & hay fed to the 17 billion world livestock.
  • To produce one pound of beef, 2,464 gallons of water are needed. (Water Ed. Found. using Calif. as the model.)
  • Contrastingly, to produce one pound of wheat requires only 25 gallons of water.
  • In the year 2000, 40% of fresh water used in the USA was used to irrigate feed crops for livestock. (US Geog. Survey)
  • To make beef, you need 20 times more energy than to make tofu.
  • Soil erosion means loss of topsoil. The estimate is that 85% of the topsoil loss is related directly to raising livestock (the soil to grow the food for the livestock)
  • The Rainforest Action Network reported that 55 sq. ft. of the tropical rainforest are destroyed to make every fast-food burger from rainforest cattle.
  • Livestock produce enormous amounts of manure and urine; this waste pollute our air & water.
  • Switching to a plant-based diet or reducing the amount of meat you eat helps save water, energy, keeps the rainforest viable, and reduces pollution & global warming.
  • The article also contains health information of a vegetarian diet, which I have or will cover in future postings.

2 thoughts on “The Vegetarian Diet & Its Impact on the Environment

  1. ellen sue:

    I am rapidly turning into a vegetarian.

    Regards and thank you.


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