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The Environmental Impact of Meat

The True Cost of Meat

Meat and the Environment

Meat and the Environment

Cultivating animals for food has profound ecological consequences. When you include the land, food, water, and energy it takes, the cost is astonishing. So the next time you’re eying that delicious, fatty steak in the supermarket, consider some of the following:

Animal farms use a tremendous amount of land. 30% of the Earth’s land mass is used for raising animals, grazing, and growing animal feed. That makes it the most land intensive industry in the world. Over 260 million acres of forest have been cleared to grow animal feed crops in the U.S. and worldwide, more than 7 acres of land are being bulldozed every minute to clear more room for livestock production. Continue reading