Today, we are bounded with uncertainty regarding our time left on Earth. Concerns for the health of our planet are growing, and consequently, for that of our species as well. Thus, many of us are becoming more cautious when making choices in our day to day actions, trying our best to reduce our consumption of resources (eg; water, paper, electricity, gas, coal, etc). Yet, the majority of us remain unaware of the prominent correlation between the consumption of animal products and the pollution they emit. Take a moment and think of the emissions of every car, plane, truck and train on this planet. Now, would you believe me if I told you that the number of greenhouse gas emissions emitted from animal agriculture surpassed that number? Well, take it from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) themselves.
In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report regarding the potential consequences of global warming. In order to remain at or below the 1.5° C increase, it was stated that greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 45%, before 2030, in aims of achieving net zero by 2050. In order to reach this (and keep the temperature under 2° C), Western nations such as the U.S and the U.K, would need to reduce; beef consumption by 90%, dairy by 60%; instead consuming 4-6 times as many legumes.
So, WHY are animal products associated with these high numbers you ask? Well, the truth is that raising animals requires massive amounts of land, water, energy and food.
For example, a cow will voluntarily eat an approximate 25 pounds of food a day. That is, if they are not
Just think about the amount of water it takes to produce