Five minutes ago I finished watching the documentary Cowspiracy for the third time. I hadn’t seen it since this time last year, and it has just become available on Netflix, so I thought I’d refresh my memory with some info and statistics and watch it again. (watch the trailer here.)
I have so much on my mind right now, and so much that needs to be said, so I thought I’d just write it all in a blog post.
So first off, I just wanted to tell you that we are the same. I too once ate meat. I too was living this ignorantly blissful life of unawareness and content. I thought that typical Saturday morning breakfasts were bacon and eggs. I loved adding chicken to my salads. I even really enjoyed steak. And Greek Yogurt was my favourite food ever. And I’d eat grilled cheese sandwiches all the time. I know how it feels to think that your life is perfectly fine. I know how it feels to be threatened by other people’s diet choices. I used to think that vegans and vegetarians were weird and were certainly protein and nutrient deficient. I remember asking my vegetarian friend so many questions, and saying “do you mind if I eat meat in front of you?? I feel bad, I’m so sorry,”
I now know what it’s like to be that Veg friend who get asked all the questions; to be on the opposite side of those scenarios. Because now, I am a vegan. It’s not that difficult of a concept to understand. One day I ate meat; the next day I made a conscious decision to stop. We are not that different. You too can make that decision. So when I write my blog posts to you, please keep in mind that I am not preaching some higher level thinking of lifestyle that seems I am better than you. I haven’t been a vegan forever. I was once just like that. And then I changed. And now I just want to help other people, and the animals, and the planet. Okay, let’s get into it.
HOW EATING MEAT IS DESTROYING THE PLANET
The documentary Cowspiracy discusses in great detail how the highest contributor to climate change and global warming is animal agriculture. This means that because humans eat sooo much meat, dairy and eggs, were are destroying our planet. (in simple terms). (in complex terms, please watch the film)
“Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.”
People say that eating meat is a personal choice. “I respect vegans for their choices, so they should respect me for mine,” But you see, eating meat is not a personal choice. For one, you are forgetting the innocent life that was taken to provide you with food. Did that animal get a choice? And second, what you eat not only effects you, but it effects the entire planet.
“To produce 1 gallon of milk, it takes 1000 gallons of water.”
“Cows produce 150 billion gallons of methane per day.”
“Growing feed crops for livestock consumes 56% of water in the US”
“If the oceans die, we die. That’s not a tagline – that’s the truth”
(Read more alarming facts and statistics here)
Eating meat affects:
- Climate Change
- Global Warming
- Ocean Dead Zones
- Rain Forest Destruction
- Animal Extinction
- World Hunger
And so many other major issues in this world. You want to know why? Because it takes so many freaking resources to raise and slaughter farm animals.
There are 7 billion people on this earth, and 73 billion farm animals; created and slaughtered each year for human consumption. And that’s just land animals. Don’t forget about the 100 billion marine animals that are killed for food, and all the other sea creatures caught in the nets in the process.
65% of the world’s grain is used to feed all of these animals. Think about how many starving people we could feed with that? Sixty five percent!! World hunger is not a scarcity problem – it’s a distribution problem. Rather than giving it to those countries in need, we give it to the farm animals, and then we slaughter those farm animals and feed them to greedy humans. Because.. bacon.
“10 billion people could be fed with the available crop land if everyone in America alone went vegan.”
1 acre of land can yield 40,000 pounds of potatoes, but that same one acre of land can only yield 250 pounds of meat.
A vegan diet:
- produces half the amount of C02 from going into the atmosphere
- 1/11th the amount of fossil fuels
- requires 1/13th the amount of water
- 1/18th the amount of land
Per day, a vegan can save:
- 1100 gallons of water
- 45 lbs. of grain
- 30 square feet of forest
- 20 lbs of C02
- 1 animals life
“477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese.”
You are living your life, all happy and peaceful. Then before your eyes, these aliens come into earth and invade our planet. They take over our land and our resources. They start killing all white people in the masses. And then they start kidnapping women, hooking them up to machines, and artificially impregnating them. They can only produce milk when pregnant, so they make them pregnant in order to produce Human Milk, because aliens apparently love that. Once the baby is born, they take them away from the mother and kill them.
They keep other humans locked up in cages and take away things they produce, like vomit, menstrual blood, and anything else humans produce.
That sounds really freaking messed up, right? But it’s not. That is the reality for all farm animals.
Humans do not own this planet. We are not superior. We are ruining this planet ourselves. Our ego’s make us think that we are better and smarter than all other species, but that is not the case. Animals were here before us, and there is way more of them than us. Yet we take control of every single part of planet earth, and destroy it until there is nothing left.
Being vegan is not a diet or a trend. It is not only beneficial to our planet, but absolutely necessary. Adopting a plant based diet is literally the best thing you can do to help save this planet. Not taking shorter showers, not taking your bike to work, not turning off every light in your house. Yes those things may help a bit, but they are minuscule compared to how much water, grain, land, and other resources are wasted in order to feed farm animals.
ANIMAL AGRICULTURE IS THE NUMBER ONE CONTRIBUTOR TO GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE.
Yes you can still get protein. No you won’t die from nutrient deficiency’s. Yes it may be a bit hard at first, but it also gets easier. And no, we do not just eat lettuce and rabbit food.
Your “personal food choices” go way beyond you now. Eat and live consciously. Think about what you are eating and how it effects the entire planet.
“If you think veganism is hard, you are thinking about yourself. If you are thinking about the animals and the environment, it’s simple”
Thank you for reading this and I truly hope you are able to make a change, for our future, and for the generations to come.