Animals and animal agriculture consume a lot of water. Consider that it takes 2,400 - 5,000 gallons of water to make one pound of beef. Other animals such as chickens and pigs consume less water than cattle, but their consumption is still pretty high given the sheer number of animals raised for food.
Replacing just one pound of beef for one vegan meal saves about 2,400 to 5000 gallons of water. This will help conserve our precious resources and help to alleviate water shortages.
It takes seven pounds of grain or more to produce one pound of beef, and almost as much for both chickens and pigs. That amount of grain can feed an individual in some developing nations for six months or more. A full 1/3 of the world’s grain output is used to feed livestock.
It takes up to 16 pounds of grain to produce one pound of beef. We can use that grain to help stop world hunger.
A vegan diet can extend your life by many years, as well as lower your risk of heart disease, cancer, and dementia. In the long run, you'll likely see a payoff in better health, lower risk of chronic diseases, and reduced healthcare costs.
Millions of acres of land (many of which were once rainforest) are used for livestock grazing and to grow crops that feed these animals. The amount of land saved by going veg one day a week is equivalent to four good sized homes.
This is how many land animals are killed each year in the US alone. The majority of these animals have no laws to protect them from abuse and cruelty. They spend their entire lives suffering in inhumane conditions and mistreatment.
Conventional farming methods use petrochemical (oil based) fertilizers and pesticides for crops. Fuel is also used to transport and refrigerate meat and crops. By going veg one day a week, you’ll save over 15 gallons of gasoline. At today’s prices…that’s around $55 for the “cheap” stuff.
Food crops need topsoil to grow. When animals are densely packed into a small amount of space, they erode topsoil more. Add to that the erosion caused by crops used to feed these animals and you can see how this starts to add up. Once topsoil is gone, it can take hundreds of years to rebuild just a couple of inches.