How You Can Help Save The Planet By Being A Vegetarian

Liliana Reynoso, Author

I know some people say they cant live without meat in they’re diet but some people become vegetarians after realizing the devastation that the meat industry is having on the environment. The widespread adoption of vegetarian and vegan diets could save millions of lives and trillion of dollars. Cornell study found that producing animal-based protein requires eight times more fossil-fuel energy than creating plant-based protein.Changing your diet could save $1 trillion annually by preventing health care costs and lost productivity.Another thing is that animal waste runoff from factory farms are responsible for more than 173,000 miles of polluted rivers and streams. 

Runoff from farmlands are one of the greatest threats to water quality today. Agricultural activities that cause pollution include confined animal facilities, plowing, pesticide spraying, irrigation, fertilizing and harvesting. About 70 percent of all grain produced in the U.S. is fed to animals that are raised for slaughter. The 7 billion livestock animals in the US consume five times as much grain as is consumed directly by the American population. If all the grain currently fed to livestock were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million.

If the grain were exported, it would boost the US trade balance by $80 billion a year. If everyone were to go vegan then farmers would stop breeding animals but the ones that were already there would be abandoned, slaughtered, or even sent to multiple sanctuaries. Maybe cutting out just a little bit of meat from your diet could really have an impact on the world.