For many years, world governments and several organizations are trying to combat global warming by reducing the use of fossil fuels. An interesting fact is that you can also reduce global warming and other damages to the environment by switching to a vegan diet. Having more vegan meals will have a significant impact on improving the conservation of water, reducing greenhouse emissions, and protecting habitats.
Here are some of the environmental benefits of a vegan diet
Plants need water to survive. But the amount of water needed for the survival of livestock is much higher than that of plants. This will be a problem in areas where water is scarce. Animals need water not only for sustaining their life but also for washing and cleaning.
According to a report, 100 times more water is needed for the production of one pound of animal protein than that of plant protein. Large amounts of water is are also needed for the production and preparation of dairy products. According to a report by the Water Footprint Network, around 1000 gallons of water are required for the production of one gallon of milk.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission
Global warming and climate change have been damaging our environment for many years. One of the main contributors to this is carbon dioxide gas. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, around 14.5 % of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions is because of livestock production. Some other reports are saying that the greenhouse gas emission due to livestock production is about 51%.
Manure and animal produce are responsible for 37% of these greenhouse gas emissions. This will lead to the production of methane, which is also a significant contributor to global warming. Transportation of livestock, preparing the land, producing crops for feeding the animals, etc. also causes greenhouse gas emissions. According to a study, we can save 1.5 tons of carbon dioxide a year by switching to a plant-based diet and reducing the consumption of meat.
One of the largest contributors to the extinction of habitat, deforestation, etc is animal agriculture. It takes up a lot of land for providing shelter and feeding ground for livestock. Reports are saying that around 3.1 billion hectares of land all around the world are used for the production of meat and dairy products.
Providing land for animal agriculture means vast desertification and deforestation. This will contribute to the extinction of several species of plants and animals.