Veganism & the Environment By the Numbers [Infographic]
Livestock and their byproducts actually account for at least 32,564 million tons of carbon a year, or 51 percent of annual worldwide GHG emissions, according to the Worldwatch Institute, which believes that 25,048 million tons of carbon from livestock have been undercounted or overlooked.Livestock production has increased by 60 percent since 1961, according to the WI.
The amount of poultry raised for human consumption globally almost quadrupled since 1961. Beef and pork consumption in the U.S. has tripled since 1970, and doubled in Asia.
The FAO report projects that global meat production will more than double from 1999 levels by 2050.If Americans reduced their meat consumption by 20 percent it would be equivalent to switching from a standard sedan to a hybrid, according to calculations by geophysicists Gidon Eshel and Pamela A. Martin.
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