Vegan for the Planet
Animal agriculture is shockingly detrimental to the health of the planet - accounting for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Livestock farming also contributes massively to land degradation, water shortage, loss of biodiversity, and world hunger.
Indeed the amount of plant-foods currently produced could provide enough food for 1.5x the entire human population, and yet the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO) estimates that approximately 805 million people in the world right now are starving. Meanwhile - at least half of the world's grain is fed to livestock, and 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals which are then consumed by people living in the western world.
In 2006 the UNFAO also published a report titled ‘Livestock’s Long Shadow’ the findings of which highlight the urgent need to transition away from animal products and towards a plant-based lifestyle for the health of the environment.
The UNFAO are not alone in that many other respected organisations, scientists, and academics agree that raising animals for food causes significantly more damage to the environment than growing crops for direct human consumption.