Gallery: Veganism and the Environment Infographic Shows the Environment...


Can you quantify the environmental footprint of your diet? This amazing infographic by Spencer Belkofer shows the impact that raising animals for food has on the environment. Belkofer compiled data from the United Nations, the University of Chicago, PETA, and other credible sources to take a by-the-numbers look at the meat, egg, and dairy industries that is often shocking. (Did you know that it takes 2,400 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain to produce a single pound of meat?) Check out the full infographic after the break!

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  1. garyl January 16, 2014 at 8:46 am


    There are indeed wild cattle and chickens, and if we all went vegan, these animals would not go extinct. In fact, they would probably do better, since we would not ned so much land for graizing and feedcrops.

    The circle of life does not depend on us murdering animals.

    We are not meant to eat animals. Our bodies are much more like those of herbivores than carnivores and millions of vegans are thriving.

    Even if you think humans should merely reduce their meat consumption…since your neighbor, and China, are not doing that, you can compensate by lowering your meat intake to zero.

    There is a profusion of good-tasting, filling, surprisingly un-proceesed veggie meats out now, plus a near-infinite variety of vegan recipes using fruits, veggies, legumes, whole grains, herbs, and spices. Vegan recipes have won numerous awards in cooking competitions, state fairs, etc. There are so many benefits to going vegan, including peace of mind.

  2. dtreml February 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    I assume that Vegans dream world would be for everyone to be Vegan. Every animal to live in harmony and be free. That being said, do you think there would be an over population and infestion of aniamls and insects? What would we do?

    Many animals like cows and chickens for instance do not live in the wild. They are not considered pets either. If everyone became Vegan, there would be no reason to raise cows, chickens, and other animals and they would eventually become extinct. Is this what those animals want? Is this what Vegans want?

    For those that have watched the Lion King, I believe its the circle of life. We are meant to eat meat, but should respect the animals that we eat to survive.

    Do I think in general humans eat more meat than we should? Yes, absolutely. Lets work on informing people on reducing meat intake, not eliminating it.

  3. Marie-Andree Bailey January 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Best decision I ever made…becoming a vegan!

  4. issi July 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    good to know.

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