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Why Vegan?

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Amanda Blanchard

on 22 February 2014

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Transcript of Why Vegan?

Benefits for the Environment
Benefits for Poverty
Benefits for Human Health
What do I eat?
How can we stay healthy and fit?
Suffering of Animals
To be inhumane is to be unhuman.
It takes 219 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of tofu and 2,500 gallons to produce a pound of beef.
Animals raised for food produce about 130 times more poop than does the entire human population of the U.S., roughly 89,000 pounds per second.
You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for 6 months!
Farm animals use more than half the water consumed in the U.S.
Livestock grazing threatens native plant species, leads to soil erosion and eventual desertification, and renders once fertile land barren.
It takes up to 16 lbs of grain to produce just 1 lb of animal flesh! All that grain good be used much more efficiently if it were fed directly to people.
16 lbs of grain feeds up to 10 people per day OR 1 lb of beef provides up to 1/3 of the daily caloric needs of one person.
Animals raised for food currently take up 30% of the Earth's entire land surface.
60% of the world's grain is fed to farm animals.
Water needed to produce...
1 lb. of meat = 2,400 gallons
1 lb. of wheat = 155 gallons
Water used in meat and soy production in 2009...
tofu = 5 trillion gallons
meat = 235 trillion gallons
How can we possibly feed 7 billion people?
How can we sustain the earth?
One cubic centimeter of commercial cows milk is allowed to contain up to 750,000 somatic cells (pus) before it is kept off the market.
Every day, nearly 2,400 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease. This amounts to average of one death every 38 seconds. In many of these cases, the disease is largely caused by eating a diet that is full of animal-derived products.
In one year, the average American consumes 130 shellfish, 40 fish, 26 chickens, 1 turkey, 1/2 pig, and 1/10 cows.
Number of animals slaughtered in the U.S.:
per minute: 33,627
per hour: 2,317,596
per day: 55,822,293
per year: tens of billions
If every American skipped one meal of chicken per week, the carbon dioxide savings would be the same as taking more than half-a-million cars off the U.S. roads.
Approximately 884 million people lack access to clean water. That's more than the population of U.S.,Canada, and the European Union combined.
The Vegan Advantage
Meet Your Meat
Happy Cows Jump for Joy
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