*An acre of land can 'grow' 165 pounds of beef or 20,000 pounds of potatoes? Harvard nutritionists have
estimated that reducing meat production by just 10 percent will free up enough grain and vegetables to feed 60 million people.
takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat. A totally vegetarian
diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-based diet requires more than 4,000 gallons of water per day.
*Intensive animal farming and slaughterhouses are major sources of water pollution through blood and animal
excreta, which contains nitrates, antibiotics, parasites, heavy metals and pesticides. Totally untreated waste is often dumped
into streams, rivers and groundwater. Colonies near Delhi slaughterhouses that depend on handpumps for their drinking water
have reported that blood often comes out of the pumps.
*Raising animals for meat is also a major contributor to topsoil depletion since forest land is cleared
for cattle-grazing. Loss of trees leads to loss of valuable, nutrient-rich topsoil, increases the risk of flooding and drought
and causes climatic imbalances. Loss of topsoil and a drying-out of the land leads to desertification.
*Each animal bred and raised to be killed for meat eats 10 acres' worth of vegetables and cereals. Those
10 acres could feed 100 people for more than one year. World hunger is directly related to the breeding and killing of animals
* Meat is responsible for 85 percent of U.S. soil erosion.
*In an effort to conserve water, you might install a water-saver on your kitchen faucet, saving up to 6,000
gallons of water per year. Most of those savings would be lost if you consumed just one pound of beef (which requires 5,200
gallons of water per pound to producecompared to only 25 gallons for a pound of wheat).
*A totally vegetarian diet requires 300 gallons of water per day, while a meat-eating diet requires more
than 4,200 gallons of water per day.
*Of all agricultural land in the U.S., 87 percent is used to raise animals for food. Thats 45 percent of
the total land mass in the U.S. More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland in order to
produce our meat-centered diet.
*In the U.S., animals are fed more than 80 percent of the corn we grow and more than 95 percent of the oats.