12 Environmental Benefits of a Plant Based Diet — A Case For Plant Based

  • It takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk
  • 1,850 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef
  • 667 gallons of water to produce one pound of butter
  • 2,052 gallons of water to produce one pound of leather from cows
  • It takes 300 gallons of water to produce one pound of rice
  • 34 gallons of water to produce one pound of potatoes
  • 99 gallons of water to produce one pound of apples
  • 26 gallons of water to produce one pound of tomatoes
  • Livestock is responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Methane produced by livestock is responsible for 39% of agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Global meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than all trains, cars, and airplanes in the world. Combined.
  • Food production is responsible for about 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions, with animal agriculture accounting for most of that.
  • Additionally, there would be more trees to pull excess carbon out of the environment (see below).
  • The production of livestock is the leading cause of deforestation. (The land is used to house animals and to grow their feed).
  • Production of livestock is responsible for 75–90% of the deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon.
  • 17% of the world’s calorie consumption comes from meat, while 83% comes from plant based foods.
  • Only 33% of the world’s protein consumption comes from meat and dairy.
  • Requires less energy for food production and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Feeding the world’s population in 2050 will require a 70% increase in global food production.
  • A diet centered around meat, fish, eggs, and dairy is the least sustainable.
  • 665,500 gallons of water
  • 18,150 square feet of forest
  • 605 animal lives
  • 24,200 pounds of grain
  • 12,100 pounds of carbon dioxide

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