Author: Amanda Froelich • Date: October 10, 2016 • Appears in:
The True Cost Of Eating Meat
The price of a steak you buy isn’t limited to what was paid in a grocery store; indeed, the animal agricultural industry has a massive impact on the environment as a whole.
The amount you pay at the grocery store to purchase fresh turkey, beef or lamb isn’t the only price you’re paying for the product. Indeed, the environmental cost of consuming animal products is pretty high, and that’s exactly what the following infographic explains.
The animal agricultural industry has a massive negative impact on the environment as a whole. Desertification, soil erosion, contaminated groundwater, and greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change are but a few concerns that result from raising animals – specifically beef – solely for food purposes.
Furthermore, the industry is a huge setback to remedying the concern of world hunger. Just consider this: animal agriculture is responsible for 20-30% of all freshwater consumption in the world. Additionally, livestock or feed used to nourish livestock occupies 1/3 of the Earth’s ice-free land. If demand for meat was to reduce dramatically, much of the resources used to produce animal products could instead be distributed to populations in need.
The following infographic does an excellent job conveying this and more. Take a look!