When we think about threats to the environment, we tend to picture cars and smokestacks, not dinner. But the truth is, our need for food poses one of the biggest dangers to the planet and is one of the largest contributors to climate change.
The livestock industry is among the greatest contributors to global warming, emitting more greenhouse gases than all our cars, trucks, trains and planes combined.
Carbon Footprint - Food Production
It involves carbon emission during the food production. 1 kg of beef produces 27.0 kg carbon dioxide, while the same amount of tomato produces 1.1 kg only.
Water is part of food production process. Comparing with beef, only one-tenth of water is required to produce wheat.
Water footprint - Meat Eaters vs Vegetarians
Go Green Monday saves 1611 litres of water per day which is equivalent to showering for 20 times.
36% of global agriculture output is NOT fed to people, but to livestock in order to satisfy the demand of meat in developed countries. At the same time, at least 870 million people are still hungry in the world.
The more meat we eat, the fewer people we can feed
Animals consume large quantities of grain, soybeans, and corn, but it could only produce small amount of food and lose most of the nutrition. The more meat we eat, the fewer people we can feed in the world.