Environmental Impact of Raising Animals for Food
According to recent climate research, animal agriculture accounts for more than half of human-caused greenhouse gases.
The United Nations Environment Programme has stated that a global shift away from meat, dairy and eggs is crucial to save the planet from world hunger, fuel poverty and the worst impacts of climate change.
Meanwhile, the WorldWatch Institute soberly observes: “It has become apparent that the human appetite for animal flesh is a driving force behind virtually every major category of environmental damage now threatening the human future—deforestation, erosion, fresh water scarcity, air and water pollution, climate change, biodiversity loss, social injustice, the destabilization of communities, and the spread of disease.”
So why are meat, eggs and dairy so bad for the planet? This infographic by designer Spencer Belkofer neatly breaks it down: