"A Leading Cause of Everything: One Industry That Is Destroying Our Planet and Our Ability to Thrive on It". Oppenlander, Richard A.Food Choices and Sustainability: Why Buying Local, Eating Less Meat, and Taking Baby Steps Won’t Work. The creators signed on big name producers like Leonardo DiCaprio and Joaquin Phoenix in order to provide some … Nickerson, Cynthia, et al. *Total manure produced in one year is 3.475 trillion lbs. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Hi, I’ve just updated the post and included links so you can download the original .svg file and make any translations 🙂 If you do share the file on your own site, link it back to me so I can check it out! Why isn’t this information on the news. According to an interview conducted by Dr. Oppenlander with Simon Stuart, PhD, chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission: “Habitat loss from grazing livestock and feed crops is far and away the most pervasive threat to terrestrial animal species, impacting 86 percent of all mammals, 88 percent of amphibians, and 86 percent of all birds. The Encyclopedia of Earth. BioScience. Mongabay.com. of waster per day x 350.7 million laying hens. United States Geological Service, Pimentel, David, et al. Scientific American, Butler, Rhett. "Harvesting the Biosphere: The Human Impact". April 2016 (New), "How much have you saved?" April 2016, "How much have you saved?" [.i] Some have challenged that the 18% of GHG emissions from animal ag cannot be compared to the 13% of GHG for transportation emissions because it does not take into consideration the full lifecycle analysis of the transportation industry. The US lower 48 states represents 1.9 billion acres. "Cattle Ranching's Impact on the Rainforest". 7. Could you please share the infographic translated into spanish? "Official statistics understate global fish catch, new estimate concludes". Nature 418, 671-677. Goodland, R Anhang, J. Extensive sourced statistics and visuals on the effects of animal agriculture on greenhouse gases, water resources, land use, waste and pollution, health of our ecosystems, and human health. = 514,836 g per acre, Beef can be produced at 205 pounds per acre, Beef protein content (raw) is 95.34 grams per pound, The protein content per acre of beef is 95.34 g x 205 lb. BioScience. Try your first month for $1. Cheers Dylan, that’s great to hear. "Draft Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources". "Do We Eat Too Much Meat?" Your infographic is great. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. No. Additionally, using any agricultural database regionally, nationally, or internationally, one can calculate that on average between 10 times and 100 times (in weight) more plant foods (vegetables, fruit, grain/nuts) on one acre of land than from animal products raised on that same acre of land, regardless of the level of fertility of that particular acre of land, presuming it is the same acre used for either product, animal or plant based. 50. per minute. The overexploitation of wild species through commercial fishing, bushmeat trade as well as animal agriculture’s impact on climate change, all contribute to global depletion of species and resources. Turkeys produce (.87 lbs. If you want to support this movement, aside from changing your diet, one of the best ways you can help make a change is to share information (like this Cowspiracy infographic) with as many people as possible. In my opinion, Cowspiracy takes things a step further. govtrack, Oppenlander, Richard. Some of you are doing it for health reasons. June 13, 2014, "The Habitable Planet. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. "Livestock and climate change". Free from Harm. You can download the images using the links in the blog post above – there’s also one of the original .svg file that you can edit in Inkscape. The Wildlife News. "Cattle Ranching in the Amazon Rainforest". Fresh water is becoming a scarce resource. "Cow Farts Have 'Larger Greenhouse Gas Impact' Than Previously Thought; Methane Pushes Climate Change". [iv] “A typical five-acre hog waste lagoon releases 15-30 tons of ammonia into the air annually. Goodland, R Anhang, J. “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change were pigs, chickens and cows?” Goodland, Robert & Anhang, Jeff. Minneapolis, MN: Langdon Street, 2013. "Agricultural sustainability and intensive production practices". Hydroelectric power is one of the largest "users" of water in the US, but actually consumes very little water. After watching the film, I decided that I wanted to use the little influence I have to help spread the message as much as possible. "Amazon Destruction". 20 March 2014, "World Review of Fisheries and Aquaculture: Part 1". FAO. International Livestock Research Institute. – It is estimated that 80,000 acres of rainforest are cleared each day with an additional 80,000 degraded, with 70-91% of that degradation for the livestock industry. That will help it out a lot. 515. Yeah I know what you mean, sometimes it’s frustrating. Beef is at 22-27 kg CO2 Eq per kg produced/consumed X 2.5 ounces/day=1.75 kgor 3.85 pounds, Cheese/milk is 13.5 kg per kg product X 2 pounds/day=12.15 kg or 12.5 pounds, Pork is 12 kg per kg product X 2 ounces/day=.68 kg or 1.5 pounds, Combination chicken and turkey is 7 kg per kg product X 4.48 ounces/day= .89 kg or 1.96 pounds minimally (using only chicken), {turkey, for instance, is 11 kg per kg product}, Eggs are at 5 kg per kg product X 2/3 egg per day= (50 g/egg) .55 pounds. Print. A dairy CAFO with 1000 animal units is equivalent to a city of 164,500 people. Throughout the film we are taken face to face with environmental organizations, including one I wrote for in 2014 that I’m very familiar with and hold a big place in my heart for: Sierra Club. Diet for a New America, StillPoint Publishing, 1987, p. 352, "Our Food Our Future. [ix] “The USDA currently forecasts 2013/14 palm oil production…total area devoted to oil palm plantings is estimated at a record 10.8 million hectares.” [26.7 million acres], [x] “[Dorothy Stang’s] death prompted Amazon activists – more than 1,000 of whom have been murdered in the last 20 years – to demand Brazil’s government crack down on the illegal seizure and clearance of the rainforest to graze cattle, raise soy crops, and harvest timber.”, “More than 1,100 activists, small farmers, judges, priests and other rural workers have been killed in land disputes in the last two decades.”. Wichtig: Bitte hilf auch bei der Prüfung anderer Übersetzungsvorschläge mit! "Freshwater Abuse and Loss. [xviii] Many organizations are studying humanity’s effect on soil degradation, erosion, and eventual desertification but not willing to emphasize the final connection of dots to animal agriculture. "The Rising Murder Count of Environmental Activists". Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. based off 1lb of waste per 1sqft at 1.4 billion tons. Science. Great infographic! December 2008, Sandy, Matt. 2016, Stone, Dan. I kind of wish they had made the film half as long so that it kept people’s attention better, although I certainly had no problems watching to the end. 607-615, Pala, Christopher. According to the UNCCD (United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification), nearly 20 million acres of arable land is lost each year due to desertification and the primary reasons are: 1. deforestation due to cultivation of crops and pasture, 2. overgrazing from livestock (“eating away grasses and eroding topsoil with hooves”), 3. intensive farming stripping away nutrients in soil, http://www.un.org/en/events/desertificationday/background.shtml, Overgrazing by livestock is the principal land problem related to desertification as indicated in the article: http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/docs/002-186/002-186.html And, according to the UNDDD: “Nearly 20% of the degrading land (globally) is cropland, and 20-25%, rangeland.” Understanding that over 70% of the global arable land used for agriculture is planted for crops grown for livestock, there is be ample support for the statement that “animal agriculture is the leading driver for approximately 1/3 of the land lost on earth due to desertification.” http://www.un.org/en/events/desertification_decade/whynow.shtml. Jacobson, Michael F. “Six Arguments For a Greener Diet: How a More Plant-based Diet Could Save Your Health and the Environment. "Quantifying Threats to Imperiled Species in the United States". I’ve produced a couple before: one on the potential benefits of a plant based diet, and one on climate change. Well, according to "Cowspiracy" it's time to either put your money where your mouth is and step away from that burger, or find another way to self-identify. 4th Quarter 2012, http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPURL.cgi?Dockey=901V0100.txt, http://comfortablyunaware.com/blog/biodiversity-and-food-choice-a-clarification/, 70-91% of that degradation for the livestock industry, http://www.ciesin.columbia.edu/docs/002-186/002-186.html, http://www.un.org/en/events/desertification_decade/whynow.shtml. "Key facts and findings. Why going meatless is important". Food Safety News. "Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK". Post growth: From bigger towards better. ). "Sustainability of meat-based and plant-based diets and the environment". Climate Summit 2014. Vol. Oppenlander, Richard A. It really is one of the important documentaries I’ve ever watched, and I strongly urge you to see it as soon as possible. Save the Amazon.org, "What is Deforestation?" Teacher: An early response to Cowspiracy by the meat industry is an article entitled Why Ranchers Should Care About The Documentary “Cowspiracy” by Amanda Radke, a journalist for an on-line magazine called “BEEF Daily.” In the article, Ms. Radke quotes a beef industry source, Facts About Beef, to try to rebut claims made in the movie. Global Agriculture. "Land, irrigation water, greenhouse gas, reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs and dairy production in the United States". Great documentary. Part 651, "Agricultural Waste Characteristics". Based on rough averages of 30 gallons of water & 100 lbs. "Executive Summary: Feed Supply". Making a Difference With Every Bite: The Power of the Fork!" The Population Institute, Meat Eater: 18x as much as a vegan   [xvii], Robbins, John. 4 minutes into the documentary, they tell you that cattle produces more CO2 than the entire transport industry. "Still Waters: The Global Fish Crisis". United Nations Economic Programme, Vidal, John. – 45lbs of grain saved per day: Grain: multiply ounces of each meat consumed daily per person by the feed conversion factor for each animal. June 2013, Butler, Rhett. March 2014, Goldenberg, Suzanne. 50. Yep I can get that to you no problem! Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (New), "Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2015". "How humans are driving the sixth mass extinction". BioScience (2004) 54 (10): 909-918. The widespread use of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers used in the production of feed crops often interferes with the reproductive systems of animals and poison waterways. Approximately half of the ammonia rises as a gas and generally falls to forests, fields, or open water within 50 miles, either in rain or fog. However, the GWP of methane is actually 86 GWP at 20 years, 4    the report gave no consideration to carbon sequestration potential lost on land now used for livestock and feed production, which should have been considered as emissions (45% of the land mass on Earth now used by livestock and crops to feed them–International Livestock Research Institute), 5    Consideration should be given to the fact that the lead authors have potential bias in this report; Pierre Gerber is the Livestock Policy Officer of the FAO and Henning Steinfeld is Chief, Livestock Information of the Livestock Sector Policy Branch of the FAO. Phys.org. "We Already Grow Enough Food for 10 Billion People...and Still Can't End Hunger, Common Dreams: Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community. "The Triple Whopper Environmental Impact of Global Meat Production". United States Environmental Protection Agency, Miller, Scot M, et al. Not many people are going to want to buy it, and those who do might not be taken very seriously when they ask their family to sit down for 90 minutes and watch a DVD they have no interest in. FDA: Departent of Health and Human Services. How come it’s never reported in the news? November 2013, Loglisci, Ralph. WWF Global. 71:818-826, "Water footprint of crop and animal products: a comparison". May 2012, "U.S. could feed 800 million people with grain that livestock eat, Cornell ecologist advises animal scientists". John Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future. Food Safety News. So I designed this infographic, highlighting the most important facts from the film. "How much do we eat, anyway?" I know that many of you readers are already in the process of making the transition. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The world should pay attention. Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sudies: Global Forest Atlas, Vidal, John. March 2011, "Kings of the Carnivores. "Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining". Keep up the great work on your site. Animal Welfare Institute, Stone, Dan. Remedies urgently needed". 2006, "Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States". Marine Policy. June 2016, Zuraw, Lydia. The Huffington Post. Science. Comfortably Unaware Blog. Of that 1.9 billion acres: 778 million acres of private land are used for livestock grazing (forest grazing, pasture grazing, and crop grazing), 345 million acres for feed crops, 230 million acres of public land are used for grazing livestock. February 2017, Bellantonio, Marisa, et al. Water Education Foundation. Science. "Water footprint of crop and animal products: a comparison". 8 (Aug., 1998) pp. Would be it be possible to obtain an editable copy for translation? could you please share it in SVG format to translate it into Spanish? "Sustainable Diets: What You Need to Know in 12 Charts". "20 years ago the Amazon lost its strongest advocate". Thank you for sharing it! January 2015. Eckley, Erika H & McEowen, Roger A. These cookies do not store any personal information. International Energy Agency. Science Advances. "Allan Savory: Myth and Reality". Broiler Chickens produce (.5 x 1.74 b.) 4 (ISC-2014), 1-7 (2015). This is a brilliant infographic! People compare Cowspiracy to Blackfish and an Inconvenient Truth, both of which were hard-hitting documentaries that had a widespread impact, and raised massive awareness. The Guardian. Hi! But we have the capability of sparking real change. Walsh, Bryan. May 2012. Ecosystems (2012) 15: 401-415, Gerbens-Leenes, P.W. National Geographic News. Center for a livable future. Most organizations that associate their work with species and ecosystem/biodiversity concerns as well as the scientific community as a whole believe that the six main threats to our oceans are climate change, overfishing, predator loss, pollution, destruction of habitat, and bycatch, (“bykill”). Kids.Mongabay.com, Message from Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf. 5, McBride, William D., Mathews Jr., Kenneth. *pigs are raised twice per year, (a total of 148.3 million per year) so on any given day in the United States there are about 74 million pigs. [/block], Note: the facts used in the Cowspiracy Infographic were collected from cowspiracy.com and are accurate as of the 25th November 2014.Â, [tdivider style=”fa-bookmark” color=”#292929″], As you can see, some of the facts from the film are pretty crazy…. U.S. and Wisconsin soybean facts". Nature 418, 671-677. 52, Oppenlander DDS, Richard. "Grass-fed and Organic Beef: Production Costs and Breakeven Market Prices, 2008-2009". 607-615 (New), "NOAA-, EPA-supported scientists find average but large Gulf dead zone". "Global catches, exploitation rates, and rebuilding options for sharks". 20 October 2015, Zielinski, Sarah. While I was watching it, I watched with the idea of how my friends and family would see it. Cornell Chronicle. 30 seconds of fact checking later: "The meat figure had been reached by adding all greenhouse-gas emissions associated with meat production, including fertiliser production, land clearance, methane emissions, and vehicle use on farms, whereas the transport figure had only included the burning of fossil fuels." Would you consider sending us a high-res version that we could download & print? December 2015, Flanders, Timothy F, RN, CNP, PHD, et al. nice infographic! EarthSave International, Eishel, Gordon, et al. It’s also provably false that there is a “97% consensus” on human caused climate change by scientists. Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations. One in every eight birds, one in every three amphibians, and one in every four mammals is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the near future. Others are in it out of compassion. We can change and adapt and go to a more healthy diet or we can wait for a massive ecological change and have our population levels and civilization crash like so many others have before. "Wasted Catch: Unsolved Problems in U.S. The New York Times. x 34.3 m.) = 1.029 billion lbs. Time. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Making a Difference With Every Bite: The Power of the Fork!". Inhabitat. The Guardian. Marine Policy. BioScience (2004) 54 (10): 909-918. [ii] Although there are Cornell studies citing the water consumption of the US livestock industry at over 66 trillion gallons every year, we decided to go with a much more conservative figure of 34 trillion gallons based off the 2005 USGS figures putting the US total consumptive water use at 76 trillion gallons annually (non-consumptive is for thermoelectric and hydroelectric use that is typically returned directly back to its source immediately). USDA: Economic Research Service. But the reason I never thought about the 51% number in Cowspiracy is because the UN Report throws out a lot of numbers about livestock, including this: The live stock sector is a major player, responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions measured in CO2 equivalent. September 2003. vol 78. no 3 660S-663S. World Resources Institute. Thanks for pointing that out. Scientific American. I wouldn’t really describe myself as the activist type. per bushel = 3,150 dry soybeans per acre, Soybeans protein content (dry) is 163.44 grams per pound, The protein content per acre of soybeans is 163.44 g x 3,150 lb. 2    the report gave no account for anthropogenic greenhouse gases generated by agricultural systems related to extraction or raising and eating fish–fuel, refrigeration, packaging, processing, transportation, etc. "Cattle Ranching's Impact on the Rainforest". World Resources Institute. Climactic Change. The Alliance for Global Conservation estimates 36 percent of all species on our planet are in danger of extinction. "California's Water Footprint". Pimentel, David, et al. This is higher than transport. Take Extinction Off Your Plate: a project of the Center for Biological Diversity. Cowspiracy – Facts & Figures Cowspiracy. Attribution isn’t required, but a link back to Health Room is always appreciated 🙂. Sep 5, 2018 - Explore Patricia Massari's board "Cowspiracy", followed by 302 people on Pinterest. The Guardian. Mighty Earth (New), "Measuring the Daily Destruction of the World's Rainforests". National Geographic: Ocean Views. Agricultural and Applied Economics Association: Choices. World Resources Institute. Mongabay.com. Rome. 4th Quarter 2012 (New), "S. 3880 (109th): Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act". July 2012 (New), Veiga, J.B., et al. "Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. *Total manure produced in one day is 9.519105 billion lbs. "Food Facts: How Much Water Does it Take to Produce...?" There are many other factors to consider in terms of level of concern we should have regarding the role of food choice in climate change, global depletion in general, and certain applicable time lines as represented (or misrepresented) by the United Nations or any other governing or research institution.

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