So You're Concerned About the Welfare of Vegetables …
You’re talking to a vegan who is telling you about the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle, but you have one MAJOR concern: Innocent plants are being murdered by vegans! Very sweet of you to be concerned, but you have nothing to fear. Observe:
Plants don’t feel pain.
Pain is a defense mechanism. If something hurts us, we react—that whole “fight or flight” thing. Plants don’t have that ability, so they have no biological need to feel pain. Plants don’t even have a central nervous system like humans and animals. And come on … you CANNOT compare violently slaughtering intelligent animals to mowing the lawn—ya just can’t.
Now that we’ve covered ethics, let’s move on to math.
Animals raised for food eat A LOT of plants.
Eating animals actually kills more plants than just eating plants directly does. Surprise!
According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, in the U.S. alone, 56 million acres of land are used to grow feed for animals, while only 4 million acres are producing plants for humans to eat. Why? Because it takes up to 10 pounds of grain to produce just 1 pound of meat. It’s kind of like buying a $10,000 car and immediately reselling it for $1,000.
And look at this stunning comparison: On 1.5 acres of land, we can produce either 375 pounds of meat or 37,000 pounds of plant-based food, like potatoes. Kind of a no-brainer, wouldn’t you say?
Here’s why eating meat instead of plants is like saying, “F*** you, planet!”
One meat-eater uses the same amount of the Earth’s land as 18 vegans. Think about that: 18 vegans could get by on the same amount of resources demanded by just one meat-eater! Another way to look at it is that vegans are 18 times cooler than meat-eaters. That’s not my opinion, per se—that’s just another way you could technically look at it.
Plus, raising animals for food has already caused 91 percent of the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. One to 2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second to make room for farmed animals and their feed crops—that’s 80,000 acres of rainforest per day. That’s 60,500 football fields of precious rainforest cleared every day because of the meat industry. Every vegan saves about 30 square feet of forest per day.
And rejecting meat saves more than just land and plants—it saves people, too. So many plants are fed to farmed animals that we could END human starvation worldwide if those plants were fed directly to humans instead.
Every time you eat a burger, you might as well be slapping a starving child across the face with it. Every year, 70 billion animals are consumed worldwide (more than 100 per person!)—now, multiply that by all the plants that were fed to those animals during their lifetimes. We are currently growing enough food to feed 10 billion people and giving half of it to animals—and then killing them.
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