Interesting facts about animal farming and consumption

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  • In order to produce 1 kg of meat, we need about 200,000 liters of water. On the other hand, producing 1kg of wheat takes only 110 liters of water.
  • World oil reserves would be empty in 13 years if the whole world would use the same methods of animal farming. Industrial and agricultural economies just need to follow the examples of Australia and United states to achieve that.
  • Chickens are starving for 30 hours before slaughter. Food given at that time wouldn’t be able to turn into meat.
  • Meat production causes a massive deforestation to make space for growing animal food. For example, Amazon rain forest is increasingly shrinking to an enormous 79 million acres a year. If it continues to shrink at this rate, it will disappear in 30 years.
  • A meat based diet contains high amounts of saturated fats, animal protein and it raises high blood cholesterol levels. It’s a warning for heart disease and heart attack. On the other hand, spinach has 14 times more iron than beef steak in every calorie. Vitamin C is required for iron absorption and you can’t find it in animal products.
  • The reason for many types of cancer lies in meat consumption.The most important are colon cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. It is a huge and direct impact of meat on our health.
  • The National Institute for Cancer Research found that there is more possibility for  breast cancer among women who eat meat daily than in women who consume it in small quantities or not consume it at all.
  • 1.28 billions of farm animals are responsible for the 12% methane released into the atmosphere. Methane is one of the four gasses responsible for the greenhouse effect that contributes to „global warming“. One molecule of methane absorbs 25 times more solar heat than a molecule of carbon dioxide.
  • Excluding milk from your diet, in most cases will cause some allergies to disappear. A man is the only mammal that drinks milk after breastfeeding and from other species.
  • About 98% of the total milk production is produced by the methods of the largest milk producers. Cows are treated with dangerous doses of hormones so it can give 2-3 times more milk than a normal cow. After four years, hormones are ineffective, and soon that cow becomes your burger. Day of slaughter finally breaks the agony for most of these animals. In nature, cows live up to 20 years.
  • Milk is enriched with calcium and it helps people with stomach ulcer. But still it comes to stomach acid production that destroys stomach mucous membranes.

A plant based diet will give you all the necessary nutrients in order to live a long and healthy life. And less animals will suffer.