Here are a few statistics that I recently read regarding WHAT WE AMERICANS EAT and HOW IT IS AFFECTING THE EARTH. I thought these were very interesting...
1) Raising livestock and their by-products account for at least 32.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalents per year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide green house gas (GHG) emissions.
2) Thirty percent of the entire land surface of Earth is devoted to livestock production, including plants used to feed the livestock.
3) Replacing meat with plant-derived sources of calories and protein could reduce the land area required to feed the human population by more than 80 percent and recover about 25 percent of the landfor restoration, solar energy capture, or other eco-friendly purposes.
4) Between 23-30 percent of our global ecological footprint comes from agriculture, primarily livestock production.
5) Beef takes 70 times more land to produce than vegetables.
6) 80 percent of the world’s soy production is consumed by livestock.
7) About 50 percent of the world’s grain supply is used to feed livestock. This is while almost 11 million children who live in the countries where these feed grains are grown, die ironically of hunger each year.
8) In 2009, for the first time, the number of people suffering from hunger exceeded 1 billion. This doesn’t include people facing hunger shortages from natural disasters.
9) If all 6.78 billion people on Earth began consuming as many animal products as residents of the United States, we would need over 3 planet Earths to meet the demand. If all people on Earth became vegetarians, less than one Earth would be needed to meet food demands.