It’s hard to work out accurate stats because they are just averages and don’t take into account your location or what your own personal eating habits were but I have seen figures ranging from 23 to 404 animals a year saved on a vegetarian or vegan diet depending on your location or whether the stats take into account marine animals.
- The environmental impact of a vegan is far, far less than a non-vegan though and these stats are more accurate. Here are some:
- Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are the largest producers of methane in the US and the meat, egg and dairy industries are responsible for 65% of worldwide nitrous oxide omissions. Both of these are far more potent than carbon dioxide.
- 1 calorie of animal protein requires 11 times more fossil fuels than 1 calorie of plant protein.
- It takes more than 2400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat. The same amount of wheat only requires 25 gallons. A vegan diet only requires 300 gallons of water a day compared to 4000 gallons on a diet that contains animal foods.
- 70 to 80% of the Amazon that has been cleared has been destroyed for either grazing land or to grow crops to feed livestock.
- Animals raised for food create 89,000 pound of excrement per second, much of which ends up polluting our waterways.
- 30% of the Earth’s landmass, 17 million square miles, is dedicated to animal agriculture. This is greater than the landmass of the moon.
- Up to 16 pounds of grain are required to produce one pound of meat.
Yes it could be said that collectively we make a bigger difference then what we might make individually but what we do as individuals adds to the collective difference (if that makes sense :p). Every person who goes vegan makes a difference whether they realise it or not and the more people who go vegan the more the demand for animal products goes down.
I’ve been told the exact same thing though, the concept of supply and demand just doesn’t seem to click with some people and I know it can be frustrating. Some people get really defensive around vegans too and they will look for any way to put you down so just ignore them if you can or maybe show them some of these stats. You are a beautiful person and are doing a wonderful thing by being vegan, what other people might think about it doesn’t matter. If you need anything else let me know :) x
(Check out the infographics on my Why Vegan? page for sources)
this is so so so important !!
that last statistic
I was wondering if you know the stats of the difference one vegan makes? I'm always told there's no point because while everyone as a whole makes a difference, I don't make a difference on my own. Thanks x
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