Animal agriculture requires a huge amount of land to graze and rear animals and to produce the grain to feed them.
Agricultural scientists estimate that eating meat requires four-and-a-half times more land than is necessary for a vegan diet.
The earth’s rainforests and other precious natural areas are being destroyed to provide this space. The Centre for International Foresty Research reports that in just over ten years the Amazon has lost an area of forest twice the size of Portugal. As director general David Kaimowitz stated:
cattle ranchers are making mincemeat out of Brazil’s rainforest.
Without the trees to absorb the greenhouse gases, CO2 and other harmful pollutants are being released into our atmosphere.
- 30% of the earth’s entire surface is used to graze and rear animals
- 33% of global arable land is used to grow crops to feed animals.