“We’re at a critical point in human history. Our choices no longer have just a local impact. Their affects are felt globally, on animals, people, and the environment. By choosing to eat fewer animal products or going meat free you can protect the planet, your health, and save living beings, both human and animal from suffering. The power to change the world for the better is in our own hands. Together, we can make it possible.”
- Animals Australia’s Make it Possible campaign to end factory farming.
Eating Animals (Jonathan Safran Foer)
The China Study (Dr T. Colin Campbell)
Skinny Bitch (Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin)
The Kind Diet (Alicia Silverstone)
“The beef, sheep and dairy industries account for 92% of forest clearance and land degradation in Australia and use up almost 60% of our entire continent.”
DEWHA, 2009. Assessment of Australia’s Terrestrial Biodiversity 2008 Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
Foran, B., Lenzen, M., and Dey, C., 2005. Balancing Act: A triple bottom line analysis of the 135 sectors of the Australian economy, CSIRO.
“Meat’s not Green” A non-offensive, non-sexist PETA video, about the negative environmental impacts of animal agriculture. At only 2:22 minutes long is well worth a watch.
“Meat’s not Green”
A non-offensive, non-sexist PETA video, about the negative environmental impacts of animal agriculture. At only 2:22 minutes long is well worth a watch.
I don’t agree with this statement. Where do vegetarians think their soy comes from? And do they realise parts of the rainforest are being cut in order to make room for those soy fields? And have you ever seen a potato field? It needs just as much room as a field filled with cows.
And what do you want to do with all the animals? Stock em? And where do you want to grow more veggies? On plateaus? Mmm, that might work actually. I don’t know. My gut tells me this is one of those “Pull my finger and I’ll make up a fact” - chart. Unless someone proves me otherwise.
A vegetarian world could be fed using just 5% of the Earth’s surface versus the 30% currently used for meat production.
Firstly, this statistic comes from a study conducted by the United Nations. Secondly, something like 90-95% of global soy crops are grown to feed to livestock. Animals in factory farms do NOT eat grass or whatever would be natural to their species. Instead they are fed mostly soy and corn, as this fattens them up the quickest. Thirdly, there are only billions of cows, chickens, pigs, etc, because humans continually breed them in order to kill them and consume them.
Globally, 50 billion land animals are killed for human consumption every year. Around 90-99% of them come from factory farms. If we are feeding the plant crops directly to people, instead of filtering it through an animal first, we require much less water, energy and land to do so. We can also grow a more diverse range of crops.