Think of almost any environmental catastrophe and you’ll find livestock at the heart of it.

Farmed animals are one of the main sources of gases that cause global warming. They top the list in making wildlife and plants extinct across the world – what’s called loss of biodiversity. And all because they are the main reason for deforestation – chopping down rainforests – where most of the world’s species live. Pesticides, hormones, drugs and chemicals used for livestock are the main cause of water pollution. The massive use of antibiotics in factory farms has helped to create superbugs. Their manure is a main source of acid rain. Feeding farmed animals takes up 70 per cent of all agricultural land.

Many times more people could be fed on a plant-based diet. They consume much of the world’s dwindling fresh water. Their hooves and over-grazing are the main cause of spreading deserts. Agriculture is being intensified and animals are now 80% factory farmed. And on top of this, the world’s oceans are being devastated by overfishing. In short, eating meat, fish and dairy amounts to a diet of disaster. 

Mass extinction

Wild plants and animals are disappearing – up to 1000 times faster than normal because the forests and wild areas where they live have been cleared for animal farming.

Global warming

18 per cent of greenhouse gases are produced by livestock farming – more than all the world’s planes, boats, cars and trains combined. If we don’t act soon global warming will become unstoppable.





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