How a plant based diet can save our planet!

WFPBD and Environment | SELF Principle

We already know that switching to a whole foods plant based diet can have tremendous benefits on your health.  Let’s look at some of the amazing benefits a plant-based diet can have on the environment.

Environmental Impact of Animal-Based Diets

  • The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that red meat (beef, lamb) causes 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse gas emissions as vegetables and grains.
  • Per EWG, livestock feed in the U.S. requires 167 million pounds of pesticides and 17 billion pounds of nitrogen fertilizer each year across 149 million acres of cropland.
  • Per Professor David Pimentel of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Science, the consumption of grains by the 7 billion livestock in the U.S. is equivalent to 5X the grains consumed by the entire U.S. population!
  • 20% of overall U.S. methane generation comes from cattle.
  • ONE gallon of milk requires 1000 gallons of water.
  • According to PEW Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, 87% of all fresh water usage is spent on agriculture.
  • Per US Environmental Protection Agency: 70% of water pollution in U.S. rivers, lakes is due to pollution from animal farms

Environmental Impact of Plant-Based Diets:

  • Greenhouse gas emission
    • 63% lower with Vegetarian diets and 70% lower with Vegan diets than non-vegetarian diets.
  • Widespread adoption of a vegan diet could help avoid >8 million deaths by 2050
  • Widespread adoption of a vegetarian diet could save 7.3 million lives.
  • Changing to a vegetarian diet could save $1 trillion annually through decreased health care costs and lost productivity.
  • 1 kilogram of protein produced from beans versus beef requires:
    • 18X less land
    • 10X less water
    • 9X less fuel
    • 12X less fertilizer
    • 10X less pesticide



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here