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The Truth behind MEAT. It is not about religion - it is about caring for the environment, about loving yourself, your children and animals.

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1 The Truth behind MEAT

2 It is not about religion - it is about caring for the environment, about loving yourself, your children and animals.

3 Once you know the real cost of meat, would you still have the same appetite for it?

4 The real COST of Meat eating

5 Our Forests Our Forests Rainforests are burned to make room for cattle grazing and growing crops for animal feed.

6 Rainforests are vital to all lives on Earth, however… 70 % 70 % of Amazon forests have been turned over to grazing land or to grow soybeans to feed to cattle and chicken. 1 An area of rainforest the size of 7 football fieldsEVERY MINUTE 7 football fields is destroyed EVERY MINUTE to make room for grazing cattle species become extinct every day 100 species become extinct every day due to tropical deforestation. 3

7 30% of the land surface The Livestock sector occupies 30% of the land surface. 2 80% of the agricultural land in the US to raise animals only 7% for humans. 80% of the agricultural land in the US are used to raise animals for food 4, only 7% are used for growing plant foods for humans. 5 In the same time span, the same amount of land can produce 6 : 1 kg of meat 160 kg of potatoes 160 kg of potatoes 200 kg of tomatoes 200 kg of tomatoes Our Land Our Land

8 Our Climate Our Climate 18% NUMBER ONE Livestock generates 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, more than all forms of transportation combined (13.5%). It is the NUMBER ONE source of human-caused methane (37%), nitrous oxide (65%) 2. Global warming causes rising sea levels, serious natural disasters, food shortage, etc. 64% of ammonia 64% of ammonia emissions originate in livestock production 2 and contribute to AIR, SOIL AND WATER POLLUTION, ACID RAIN and damage to the OZONE LAYER.

9 Ammonia contributes significantly to acid rain, which can cause a mass killing to trees, aquatic animals, and has significant impacts on freshwaters, soils and human health.

10 95% less Fruits, vegetables and grains require 95% less raw materials to produce and can provide a complete, nutritious diet 7. The same amounts of fuel can produce 1 hamburger 27 soy burgers. 1 hamburger or 27 soy burgers. 8 more than 1/3 of all fossil fuels In 2002, more than 1/3 of all fossil fuels produced in the U.S. are used to raise animals for food. 9 Our Energy Our Energy

11 More than 70% More than 70% of the cereal crop produced in developed countries is fed to animals raised for food. 10 At least 80% more than 50% At least 80% of the worlds soybean crop and more than 50% of all corn go to global livestock kg of grain It takes 13 kg of grain to produce only 1 kg of beef 1 kg of beef. 11 Our Food Our Food

12 820 million hungry people 820 million hungry people in developing countries go to bed hungry every night. 13 Every 5 seconds a child dies of starvation Every 5 seconds a child dies of starvation billion people In the U.S., food eaten by livestock could feed 1.3 billion people. 14 In the UK, food for livestock can feed 250 million people. 15 by 10%, 60,000,000 people. 14 If Americans reduced their intake of meat by 10%, it would free 12,000,000 tons of grain - enough to feed 60,000,000 people. 14 Our Lives Our Lives

13 70% the heaviest water use is by the animals To produce The agriculture sector use nearly 70% of worlds precious freshwater 12, within which the heaviest water use is by the animals we raise for meat. 5 To produce Our Water Our Water 1 pound of lettuce it takes gallons of water 1 pound of wheat25 gallons of water 1 pound of apples49 gallons of water 1 pound of chicken gallons of water 1 pound of pork 1,630 1,630 gallons of water 1 pound of beef 5,214 5,214 gallons of water

14 Globally, livestock and poultry industry continually produce billions of tons of manure, which contain a considerable amount of nutrient (nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium), drug residues, heavy metals and pathogens. 17 Animal waste often seep from lagoons and spray fields into groundwater or accumulate in the soil, pose serious threats to human health and the environment. Our Environment Our Environment

15 fivefold. During the past 50 years, worldwide meat production has increased fivefold billion land animals 56 billion land animals are slaughtered globally for human consumption per year, and it is expected to double by more than 9 billions chickens In the U.S. alone, more than 9 billions chickens are raised for flesh every year, a million killed each hour. a million killed each hour. 18 Our Animals Our Animals

16 90% of large fish populations exterminated 90% of large fish populations have been exterminated in the past 50 years. 20 destroying our ocean floor and emptying our ocean. Modern fishing method, such as bottom trawling is destroying our ocean floor and emptying our ocean. THE WORLD WILL RUN OUT OF SEAFOOD BY 2048 THE WORLD WILL RUN OUT OF SEAFOOD BY 2048 if steep declines in marine species continue at current rates. 21 Our Ocean Ecosystems Our Ocean Ecosystems

17 The meat, dairy products, fish, and eggs loaded with bacteria, antibiotics, dioxins, hormones, and other toxins in the market today are loaded with bacteria, antibiotics, dioxins, hormones, and other toxins that can cause serious health problems in humans. heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, strokes, obesity, bird flu, mad cow disease, pig's disease, shellfish poisoning, osteoporosis A meat-based diet is the main source of many diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, strokes, obesity, bird flu, mad cow disease, pig's disease, shellfish poisoning, osteoporosis, etc. Our Health Our Health

18 We, as loving and intelligent human beings, forget and ignore that whenever we eat a piece of meat, an lovable and sensitive being had suffered the fear of being slaughtered and ceased to breathe, because of us. Our Conscience Our Conscience

19 Alec Baldwin Alec Baldwin Hollywood actor & award-winning producer; environmentalist & animal-rights activist Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice. Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment. And do it for your health.

20 Go Veg Be Green Save the Earth

21 Links recommended Links recommended: Supreme Master Television Supreme Master Television The most loving, constructive and noble TV channel on Earth Go Veg.com Go Veg.com A website with a lot of information on vegetarianism Vegetarian recipes Vegetarian recipes Beautiful recipes with pictures

22 Sources: Al Gores book An Inconvenient Truth John Robbins, "Diet for a New America" ftp://ftp.fao.org/docrep/fao/010/a0701e/a0701e00.pdf


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