Some interesting data regarding the environmental impact of eating plant-based:
•The earth’s surface is covered by approximately 8 billion acres of usable land—the equivalent of about 6 billion football fields (approximately 1.3 acres each).
•There are currently over 7 billion people on the face of our planet, predicted to hit the 9 billion mark by 2050.
•In order to produce the Standard American Diet (SAD), it is estimated that the equivalent of 2 football fields are required per person per year—with much being allocated to grow the crops to feed the animals(for consumption). If all 7 billion people here on earth were consuming the SAD, we would need at least two planet Earths to feed us all (clearly NOT sustainable!).
•On just one football field of usable land, it is estimated that enough food could be produced to feed 7 people for an entire year when they are consuming a predominantly plant-based diet.
•If everyone in the world consumed a predominantly whole food, plant-based diet, we would have the equivalent of nearly 5 billion football fields worth of usable land that could be:
-returned to forested land to regenerate the lungs of the planet and/or:
-to expand food production to meet the needs of a growing world population.
•A typical current western diet requires over 10 times as much land, over 10 times as much water, and over 10 times as much energy to produce compared to a whole food, plant-based diet.
•By using grain to produce beef, we waste an estimated 96% of the grain’s calories and 100% of its fiber. Hence, for every “quarter pounder” of beef consumed, that same grain required to produce those 190 calories would produce enough grain to feed three people for an entire day.
This data really gets my attention! How about for you?!