NOTE. Source for data: Cowspiracy


A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change. Raising livestock for meat consumes a large portion of the world’s crops and fresh drinking water.

No Human Will Starve in a Plant Based World

Raising livestock for meat consumes a large portion of the world’s crops and fresh drinking water. Currently, agriculture, “particularly meat and dairy products,” account for 70 percent of the world’s freshwater consumption. It also accounts for 39 percent of the globe’s total land use. Importantly, as the population grows, the impact from agriculture will substantially grow as well, thanks to the the increasing consumption of animal products. The U.N report states: “unlike fossil fuels, it is difficult to look for alternatives.” The only option is to cut down on the number of animal products consumed. Source: United Nations 2.6.2010 Report

This speech will change how you see everything. Learn the impact your individual choices have on the world around you and how simple actions can heal the planet, humanity, and other beings. If you’re concerned about the state of our world, if you love animals, if you care about the environment, if you want to be healthy, and if you want to feed the world’s hungry, open your mind and heart and listen.

Veganism: a solution to world hunger?

(The following facts and resources are taken directly from the page. All credit goes to Filmmakers Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn).

414 billion dollars in externalized cost from animal agriculture

Simon, David Robinson. “Meatonomics” Conari Press (September 1, 2013)
Huffington Post, Sept 2013.
Why A Big Mac Should Cost $200.
Global Environmental costs of Animal Agriculture estimated at $170 billion

80% of antibiotic sold in the US are for livestock.

Center For A Livable Future, “New FDA Numbers Reveal Food Animals Consume Lion’s Share of Antibiotics”.
FDA 2009, “Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals”.

World population in 1812: 1 billion; 1912: 1.5 billion; 2012: 7 billion.

“Human numbers through time.” Nova science programming.
Harvesting the Biosphere: The Human Impact,Vaclav Smil

70 billion farmed animals are reared annually worldwide. More than 6 million animals are killed for food every hour.

A well-fed world. factory farms.
Compassion In World Farming. Strategic Plan 2013-2017
ADAPTT. “The Animal Kill Counter”
Oppenlander, Richard A. Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

Throughout the world, humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water and eat 21 billion pounds of food each day.

food – 3lbs globally per capita per day.
US Americans consume 5.3lbs of food per day

The 700 million tons of grain used to feed animals to produce meat could feed 11 billion people, and end global food shortage 14 times over

Worldwide, cows drink 45 billion gallons of water and eat 135 billion pounds of food each day.

Based on rough average of 30 gallons of water and 90 lbs of feed per day for 1.5 billion cows.

We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people.

Common Dreams, “We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People… and Still Can’t End Hunger”.
Cornell Chronicle, “U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists”.
IOP Science, Redefining agricultural yields: from tonnes to people nourished per hectare

Worldwide, at least 50% of grain is fed to livestock.

FAO, “Livestock – a driving force for food security and sustainable development”.
Global Issues, “BEEF”.
Wisconsin Soybean Association, “U.S. and Wisconsin Soybean Facts”.

82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
80% of the worlds starving children live in 14 countries. (figure 5).
Livestock production country list.
Livestock global mapping

15x more protein on any given area of land with plants, rather than animals.

“Soy Benefits”. National Soybean Research Laboratory. Retrieved 2010-04-18.

The average American consumes 209 pounds of meat per year.

Note: created from averages of 4 different studies. Center For a Livable Future, “How much meat do we eat, anyway?”
Haney, Shaun. “How much do we eat?” Real agriculture. 2012. (276 lbs).
“US meat, poultry production & consumption” American Meat Institute. 2009. (233.9 lbs). Bernard, Neal. “Do we eat too much?” Huffington Post. (200 lbs).
World Population Data Sheet

Land required to feed 1 person for 1 year:

Vegan: 1/6th acre
Vegetarian: 3x as much as a vegan
Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan   [xvii]
Robbins, John. Diet for a New America, StillPoint Publishing, 1987, p. 352
“Our food our future.” Earthsave.
PNAS. Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States
“Soy Benefits”. National Soybean Research Laboratory. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
Direct Seeded Vegetable Crops, Johnny Seeds.

A person who follows a vegan diet produces the equivalent of 50% less carbon dioxide, uses 1/11th oil, 1/13th water, and 1/18th land compared to a meat-lover for their food. [xx]

CO2: “The Carbon Footprint of 5 Diets Compared.” Shrink The Footprint.
“Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK.” Climactic change, 2014.
Oil, water: “Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2003.
One Green Planet, “Meat The Truth”.
Robbins, John. “Food Revolution”. Conari Press, 2001.
Land [xvii]: “Our food our future.” Earthsave.

Each day, a person who eats a vegan diet saves 1,100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft of forested land, 20 lbs CO2 equivalent, and one animal’s life. [xiv]

“Water Footprint Assessment.” University of Twente, the Netherlands.
“Measuring the daily destruction of the world’s rainforests.” Scientific American, 2009.
“Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK.” Climactic change, 2014.
“Meat eater’s guide to climate change and health.” The Environmental Working Group.
Oppenlander, Richard A. Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.

Further reading on US food disparagement law

Further reading on Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA)

The problem with the Allan Savory’s grazing approach.

Dr. Richard Oppenlander.
Professor James McWilliams.
George Wuerthner.

World Population grows 228,000+ people everyday.
World Population Data Sheet

1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food.

1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.

Oppenlander, Richard A. Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. Minneapolis, MN : Langdon Street, 2013. Print.
Direct Seeded Vegetable Crops, Johnny Seeds.
USDA NASS, “One Acre of Washington’s farmers land”

1 BILLION starving people are on this planet yet we have enough food for 70 BILLION livestock.

With world population growing so rapidly, the human race must make the shift toward eating plants directly, and not syphoning nutrition via animals. “Lets get animals off the menu & out of these torture chambers. Please vote tonight for those who have no voice.”- Phillip Wollen.
We vote for cruelty or compassion with our shopping choices every single day. Their fate is in our hands.

The 3 Stages of truth:

  1. Ridicule.
  2. Violent opposition.
  3. Acceptance.

EARTHLINGS is the single most powerful and informative documentary about society’s tragic and unforgivable use of nonhuman animals, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby. Directed by Shaun Monson, this multi-award winning film by Nation Earth is a must-see for anyone who cares about nonhuman animals or wishes to make the world a better place. EARTHLINGS looks at the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs. Earthlings is available from the Nation Earth website.

Human Rights and Animal Rights

“Man kills wildlife, birds, kangaroos, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers & groundhogs, foxes & dingoes by the millions, in order to protect his domestic animals from their feed. Then he kills domestic animals by the billions and eats them. This in turn kills humans by the million because eating all those animals leads to degenerative and fatal heart conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease and cancer. So man tortures and kills millions of more animals to look for cures to these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals.”

Can we achieve human rights without achieving animal rights ? Hatred based on differences remains the obstacle. Man must recognize the rights of every being to achieve world peace.

“People are looking for strength, peace, harmony, strength and confidence. Well this is the pathway to it. If you`re going to ignore this topic, the murder and death of other creatures, then that’s not yours to have. If people want to argue with me they can. But I`m telling you its not possible, the two negate each other. Humans say we need to trust each other, love each other, build a world that’s united, full of peace and harmony, taking away racial differences. How are we ever going to do that with each other when we cant even take care of something as simple as a chicken.” – David Coles

It is time for us to to see a little of what the starving people experience due to our appetites. There is enough wonderful food and water to go around, but only if we all go vegan and give them their fair share. May we all change and save all living beings.

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