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414 billion dollars in externalized cost from animal agricultureSimon, David. "Are Big Macs Killing Bees?" Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of Meat and Dairy. April 2014Friedrich, Bruce. "Meatonomics: The Bizarre Economics of the Meat & Dairy Industries". The Huffington Post. November 2013
80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.Loglisci, Ralph. "New FDA Number's Reveal Food Animals Consume Lion's Share of Antibiotics". Center for a livable future. December 2010Zuraw, Lydia. "2015 in Review: Animal Antibiotics". Food Safety News. December 2015 Flanders, Timothy F, RN, CNP, PHD, et al. "A Review of Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: Perspective, Policy, and Potential". Public Health Reports 2012 Jan-Feb; 127 (1): 4-22
70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour."Factory Farms". A Well Fed World"Strategic Plan 2013-2017: For Kinder, Fairer Farming Worldwide". Compassion in World Farming"Animals Slaughtered". Animals Deserve Absolute Protection Today and Tomorrow
Throughout the world, humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water and eat 21 billion pounds of food each day.There are 7.5011 billion people on earth Based on rough averages of water at .5-1 gallon (.75 gallons) x 7.5011 billion = 5.626 billion gallons of water and 7,605 metric tons of food produced per minute = 24.143 billion pounds of food per day.
Worldwide, cows drink 45 billion gallons of water and eat 135 billion pounds of food each day.Based on rough averages of 30 gallons of water & 100 lbs. of food per day x of cows 1.468 billion cows
We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people.Holt-Giménez, Eric. "We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People...and Still Can't End Hunger". Common Dreams: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. May 2012"U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists". Cornell Chronicle. August, 1997Cassidy, Emily S, et al. "Redefining agricultural yields: form tonnes to people nourished per acre". Environmental Research Letters 8 (2013) 034015 (8pp). August 2013
Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock."Executive Summary: Feed Supply". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. "Meat and Animal Feed". Global Agriculture. Agriculture at a Crossroads. Findings and recommendations for future farming.Shah, Anup. "Beef: Diverting resources to environmentally destructive uses". Global Issues. August 2010
82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.Oppenlander, Dr. Richard. "The World Hunger-Food Choice Connection: A Summary". Comfortably Unaware Blog. August 2012"Global livestock production systems". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Rome 2011"Livestock production index". The World Bank
15x more protein on any given area of land with plants, rather than cows.Soybeans can be produced at 52. 5 bushels per acre x 60 lbs. per bushel = 3,150 dry soybeans per acreSoybeans protein content (dry) is 163.44 grams per poundBeef protein content (raw) is 95.34 grams per pound
The average American consumes 209 pounds of meat per year.DeBruicker, Julie. "How much do we eat, anyway?" John Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future. March 2011"Kings of the Carnivores. Vegetarians should look away". The Economist. April 2012Barnard, M.D, Neal. "Do We Eat Too Much Meat?" The Huffington Post Blog. January 2011
Dairy consumption may lead to breast lumps.Hicks, Cheryl. "Give up dairy products to beat cancer". The Telegraph. June 2014
Dairy may “give guys man-boobs”Davidson, Garry. "Milk & Dairy For Guys With an Boobs". Chest Sculpting. August 2016
Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year: Vegan: 1/6th acre Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan"Our Food Our Future. Making a Difference With Every Bite: The Power of the Fork!" EarthSave InternationalEishel, Gordon, et al. "Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs and dairy production in the United States". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 111 No. 33 June 2014
1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food. 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of beef.Oppenlander, Richard A. Food Choice and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.Schwab, Denise, et al. "Grass-fed and Organic Beef: Production Costs and Breakeven Market Prices, 2008-2009". Iowa State University 2012
A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-lover for their food."The carbon foodprint of five diets compared". Shrink That FootprintScarborough, Peter, et al. "Dietary greenhouse-gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK". Climactic Change. July 2014. Volume 125. Issue 2. pp. 179-192Pimentel, David & Pimental, Marcia. "Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment". The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. September 2003. vol 78. no 3 660S-663S
Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life.5 Vegan CalculatorScarborough, Peter, et al. "Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK". Climactic Change July 2014., Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 179-192"Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change and Health". Environmental Working Group. 2011Ranganathan, Janet & Waite, Richard. "Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts". World Resources Institute. April 2016
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