There are currently more than 7 billion people on the planet – that’s twice as many as 50 years ago. We’re already straining our planet’s resources at dangerously unsustainable levels, and it’s predicted that in another 50 years, there’ll be 10 billion of us walking the Earth. Where are our resources going?
Globally, agriculture accounts for about 70% of all freshwater use, and meat production requires, on average, 8 to 10 times as much water as grain production.That’s because it takes significantly more water to grow the crops needed to feed billions of farmed animals compared to eating plants directly – an grossly inefficient process.
Animal agriculture also requires more land – for crop production as well as grazing. In fact, meat production is responsible for 80% of the continuing destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, often referred to as the “lungs of our planet.”