Surprising Facts About the Environment From Cowspiracy on Netflix

(With sources; copied from http://www.cowspiracy.com/facts)
  1. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions-- more than the combined exhaust from all transportation.
  2. Livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Methane is 25-100 times more destructive than CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
  4. Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20 year time frame.
  5. Livestock is responsible for 65% of all human-related emissions of nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas with 296 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide, and which stays in the atmosphere for 150 years.
  6. Emissions for agriculture projected to increase 80% by 2050.
  7. Even without fossil fuels, we will exceed our 565 gigatonnes CO2e limit by 2030, all from raising animals.
  8. Reducing methane emissions would create tangible benefits almost immediately.
  9. Animal agriculture water consumption ranges from 34-76 trillion gallons annually.
  10. Agriculture is responsible for 80-90% of US water consumption.
  11. 2,500 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 pound of beef.
  12. 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese. And 1000 gallons of water is require to produce 1 gallon of milk.
  13. Animal Agriculture is responsible for 20%-33% of all fresh water consumption in the world today.
  14. Livestock covers 45% of the earth’s total land.
  15. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of species extinction, ocean dead zones, water pollution, and habitat destruction.
  16. We could see fishless oceans by 2048.
  17. As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year.
  18. For every 1 pound of fish caught, up to 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as by-kill.
  19. Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction
  20. Up to 137 plant, animal and insect species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
  21. 82% of starving children live in countries where food is fed to animals, and the animals are eaten by western countries.
  22. 1.5 acres can produce 37,000 pounds of plant-based food. 1.5 acres can produce 375 pounds of meat.