1. Protecting Our Waterways
Because animals are so densely packed on today's industrial farms, they produce more manure than can be absorbed by the land as fertilizer. The runoff from these facilities often leaks into nearby rivers and streams.
2. Halting Habitat Destruction
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, reducing meat consumption is one of the best ways to save endangered species.
3. Saving Water
Animal agriculture uses a whopping 56% of water in the United States. In fact, just one hamburger requires 660 gallons of water to produce—the equivalent of 2 months’ worth of showers.
4. Preventing Deforestation
Animal agriculture is culpable for nearly 91% of Amazon destruction, according to The World Bank.
5. Saving the Oceans
As far as we’re concerned, any fishing is overfishing; however, a census of marine life completed in 2010 estimated that over 90% of large fish had vanished from the oceans, primarily because of overfishing.
6. Protecting Wildlife
Thousands of wild animals, including bears, coyotes, and foxes, are killed because they are seen as a threat to the livestock industry.
7. Battling Climate Change
Climate change is easily one of the biggest issues threatening our very existence on the planet. By ditching meat and other animal products, everyone can significantly reduce their carbon footprint.
Clearly, leaving meat off our plates is the best thing we can do for the planet. For more information on adopting a sustainable vegan diet, click here.