for the planet
Animals are not the only ones that suffer from the meat and dairy industries. Factories have taken their toll on the land, water, and air.
- 45% of the land in the United States is used for meat products. How so? 75% of all grain produced is used for feeding livestock. Also, more than 1/3 of the tropical forests in Central America have been cut down, mostly for livestock and for their food.
- Many poor nations become even deeper in debt because of the need to import grain for livestock. This grain could be used to feed the malmutritioned, starving, and dying people of the world. Imagine how we could feed the humgry if we eliminated the meat industry!
- Vegetarianism also helps to save water. Half of the water in the United States goes to livestock production. Worse yet, manure from dairy factories and slaughterhouses get deposited right into our rivers. Nitrate from the manure shows up in our water systems and can be linked to cancer and nervous system problems.
If we want to put an end to the pollution and destruction of the planet, meat production should be altered if not halted all together.