The environment has many reasons for its deterioration, but one of the major and often not-obvious reasons for its downfall is the consumption of animals and the giant meat industry. With its systemic ways of growing and slaughtering millions of animals, it is the biggest culprit against the environment today.
According to Cornell ecologist David Pimentel, animal protein demands tremendous expenditures of fossil-fuel energy—about eight times as much for a comparable amount of plant protein.The meat industry is a major cause of fresh water depletion. Ed Ayres of the World Watch Institute says “Around the world, as more water is diverted to raising pigs and chickens instead of producing crops for direct consumption, millions of wells are going dry. India, China, North Africa and the U.S. are all running freshwater deficits, pumping more from their aquifers than rain can replenish.”
Animals intake antibiotics which are ingested in the meat and consumed by those who eat animals, as well.
The average beef cow weighs 500 kgs. The water required to raise it is enough to float a battleship.
For the 6.8 billion people on the planet the world slaughter 58 billion only for food.