Environmentalists, green advocates, and anyone else who is interested in doing more to preserve the planet will be interested in knowing that by adopting a vegan diet they can impact the world. Â How so? Â In several ways, but specifically with respect to the environment and the people of the world.
Your adopting a vegan diet can help the people of the world, in that a plant-based diet uses less resources. Â Thus, the abundance of resources that are required to feed farm animals could instead be used directly to produce human food, which will feed a lot more humans. Â In fact, the United Nations has declared that a plant-based diet can feed more people than an animal-based diet. For instance, while 1 acre of land can yield 20,000 pounds of potatoes, that same acre of land when used to raise cattle only produces 165 pounds of meat. Â This is why 850 million of the human population is undernourished, that’s 1 of every 7 humans. Â However, the solution to the problem is simple, eat less meat and support your local farmers! By changing your eating habits through adopting a plant-based diet, you leave more for others to eat.
Next, by adopting a vegan diet you can also impact the environment. Â By reducing your consumption of meat you also reduce the toll on the environment. Â Animal agriculture requires more farm land, fertilizer and water, nearly 3 to 4 times that of plants. Â Up to 5000 gallons of water is required to produce 1 pound of beef. In a 2006 report, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization stated that international meat industry generates 18% of the overall global greenhouse gas emissions, even more than all trains, planes, automobiles and boats combined. Also, 30% percent of the earth’s land mass is being used for grazing and production of livestock feed resulting in topsoil erosion from overgrazing, deforestation and compaction. Â Animal agriculture has also been linked to degradation and contamination to water systems by manure, pesticides and fertilizers. Â Additionally, the consumption of seafood is depleting the ocean of its marine life and in turn destroying the coral and reefs. Essentially, by adopting a plant-based diet you will help preserve the planet’s natural resources and reduce the pollution generated by animal agriculture.
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