Raising animals for food contributes substantially to global warming and is responsible for more water pollution, topsoil depletion, deforestation, and wildlife destruction than any other human activity. Senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization official Henning Steinfeld reported that the meat industry is "one of the most significant contributors to today's most serious environmental problems."
Additionally, raising and feeding farmed animals wastes crops that could be fed to humans, furthering global malnourishment and starvation. Fortunately, making vegan choices allows us to begin tackling these complex problems, while improving our personal health and reducing our contribution to animal exploitation.
Numerous studies indicate that switching to a vegan diet can cut out 90% of the total emissions your eating habits contribute to global warming, while, according to data by the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, switching an average American diet to all-local foods will only reduce this number by 4%! An effective long-term solution to these multiple global crises must include a transition to plant-based diets of vegetables, fruits, legumes, and grains.
Read on to learn how animal agriculture contributes to climate change and devastates the world's impoverished people, our air, land, water, and wildlife habitats.