10 Environmental facts about a plant based diet


1. For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill

2. As many as 40% (63 billion pounds) of fish caught globally every year are discarded

3, Scientists estimate as many as 650,000 whales, dolphins and seals are killed every year by fishing vessels

4. 40-50 million sharks killed in fishing lines and nets

5.  Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.  Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame

Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US. This doesn’t include the animals raised outside of USDA jurisdiction or in backyards, or the billions of fish raised in aquaculture settings in the US.

In the U.S. livestock produce 52,617kg of waste per second;

Dairy Cows: 54kg of waste per day x 9 million cows

Cattle: 28kg of waste per day, x 90 million cattle

Pigs: 6kg of waste per day, x 67 million pigs

Sheep/Goats: 2kg of waste per day, x 9 million sheep/goats

Poultry: 400g of waste per day, x 9 billion birds

6. Emissions for agriculture are projected to increase 80% by 2050.

7. Farming accounts for around 70% of water used in the world today and also contributes to water pollution from excess nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants.


It takes 660 gallons of water to make one hamburger.  That's the equivalent to 32 showers. Cowspiracy Although statistics vary, it is safe to say that it takes at least three times the amount of water to feed a meat eater compared with that used to feed a vegan. For example, it takes 15,500 litres of water to produce 1 kg beef, contrasted with 180 litres for 1 kg tomatoes and 250 litres for 1 kg potatoes. 

8. Studies indicate that a varied vegan diet requires about a third of the land needed for conventional Western diets; 3.5 billion humans could live off the food currently fed to livestock.



“Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” – Albert Einstein


1.  - 6. For original sources of facts above visit: http://www.cowspiracy.com/ 

7. OECD Meeting of Agricultural Ministers http://www.oecd.org/tad/sustainable-agriculture/5_background_note.pdf and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2009. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/new_report_highlights_crucial_role_of_water_in_development/


For original sources of facts above visit: http://www.cowspiracy.com/ and The Vegan Society https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment/food-security and Worldometers http://www.worldometers.info/water/

8. The Vegan Society https://www.vegansociety.com/resources/environment/food-security