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3 Primary Gasses are responsible for Global Warming:
Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the Largest producer of Methane in the U.S.
Methane is 20 times more powerful at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere then carbon dioxide.
1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein.
The diets of meat eaters create 7 times the greehouse emissions as the diets of vegans.
A Thirsty Industry
Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food.
Animals raised for food create 89,000 pounds of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the water-treatment facilities human excrement does. This creates massive amounts of groundwater pollution.
Chicken, Hog and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.
More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals.
The equivalent of 7 football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals.
Livestock grazling is the number one cause of Plant Species becoming threatened or going extinct in the U.S.
Why is raising animals for food so INefficient?
Animals eat Large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats and corn; however, they only produce a comparatively small amount of meat, dairy products, or eggs in return.
70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals.